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Trailblazer Marla Gibbs honored with ‘Legend Award’ at 5th Annual AAFCA TV Honors

Marla Gibbs, a true legend, stands as a symbol of perseverance, talent, and the timeless impact of Black excellence in television.

Veteran actress, classic television legend and 5x Emmy nominee Marla Gibbs stands as a testament to resilience, talent, and the enduring power of breaking barriers in Hollywood. At 92 years young, she was recently celebrated at the 5th annual AAFCA TV Honors for her unparalleled contributions to film and television. The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), the premier body of Black film critics in the world, presented Gibbs with the prestigious Legend Award, recognizing her outstanding contributions to the television industry. Gibbs’ recognition at the AAFCA TV Honors not only celebrates her remarkable career but also underscores the importance of acknowledging those who have made significant contributions to the representation of Black stories on screen. AAFCA, which was co-founded by Gil L. Robertson (current president), stands as a commendable institution for recognizing the unsung heroes in Hollywood, those who make a difference by telling stories that are often omitted.


Gibbs has not only graced the silver screen but has also paved the way for a generation of actors and actresses who follow in her footsteps. Renowned for her iconic roles in sitcoms like ‘227’ and ‘The Jeffersons,’ she was not only recognized for her talent and performances, but also for her enduring impact on the television landscape. This honor also acknowledges Gibbs’ multifaceted presence as an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and a mother. She has excelled in her craft and has become a shining example of resilience, giving a powerful clapback against society’s historical marginalization of women, particularly Black women. She has become a guiding light for aspiring actors and actresses, showcasing that excellence knows no age.


In a world where diversity and representation matter more than ever, Gibbs has played a pivotal role in amplifying the voices that often go unheard. Her performances have not only entertained but have shed light on the compassion and empathy that should bind our communities together.

Trailblazer Marla Gibbs honored with 'Legend Award' at 5th Annual AAFCA TV Honors
Brandee Evans, Marla Gibbs and Nicco Annan (Cast of P-Valley) – Photo provided

The AAFCA TV Honors, sponsored by Nissan and Morgan Stanley, was a star-studded event held on December 3 at the Hotel Casa del Mar in Santa Monica, California. Luminaries of Hollywood gathered to celebrate the best of the best in film and TV. Surrounded by the likes of Brandee Evans and Nicco Annan (Cast of P-Valley), and other esteemed actors and award recipients, Gibbs basked in the well-deserved applause for a lifetime of achievements. Her journey speaks to the endurance required to navigate an industry that hasn’t always been inclusive, and her success is a symbol of triumph against the odds.


Marla Gibbs’ legacy is not just in the characters she brought to life on screen but in the barriers she shattered, opening doors for future generations. In an industry where ageism is prevalent, Gibbs stands tall, proving that talent transcends age, and true greatness only improves with time.

Gibbs’ cinematic prowess is widely praised.  She’s lauded for her impact as a trailblazer and advocate for diversity in the entertainment industry. The recognition bestowed upon her is a reminder that Hollywood is evolving, and the stories of underrepresented communities are finally being acknowledged and celebrated. Gibbs is more than an actress; she is a living legend, and her journey continues to inspire and empower generations to come.

Trailblazer Marla Gibbs honored with 'Legend Award' at 5th Annual AAFCA TV Honors
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