Black Entertainment Television executive Connie Orlando got teary eyed and her voice quivered often during her acceptance speech at the Black Women Film Network at the Marriott Marquis in downtown Atlanta. Myra J, best known for her hilarious contributions to the “Tom Joyner Morning Show,” waxed poetic about her illustrious career that is far more diverse and accomplished than most people ever realized. And Steve Barnes was much more impacted than he ever thought he would when he accepted an award for his more than two dozen novels and contribution to African American literary life.
The Black Women Film Network, the largest and most influential organization in America dedicated to African American women in film and television, honored executives and writers at its annual “Untold Stories” awards banquet that is dedicated to illuminating the often-unknown accomplishments of black executives and writers in Hollywood as well as provide scholarships to students who are pursuing careers in movies and television.
“We are also proud to host this event as part of our efforts to provide scholarships to students pursuing careers in the television and film industry,” adds Sheryl Gripper, the founder and much-respected visionary. “BWFN is cultivating the next generation of writers, producers, directors, actors and executives to ensure there is a pipeline of talent entering the business.”
Take a look at this year’s honorees as well as a photo gallery of the private, upscale event.