Viola Davis to portray Michelle Obama in upcoming Showtime series

Viola Davis will portray former first lady Michelle Obama in the upcoming Showtime series “First Ladies.” The show will explore her path into the political arena and the impact she had on the nation. “Throughout our history, presidents’ spouses have wielded remarkable influence, not only on the nation’s leaders but on the country itself,” said […]

AAFCA’s Gil Robertson pens new book, inspires young people toward leadership

African American Film Critics Association president and co-founder, and five-time author Gil Robertson has penned his first children’s book, Book of Black Heroes: Political Leaders Past and Present. “This project was an eight-year journey that was inspired by Barack Obama’s presidency as well as my realization that we need to prioritize leadership values in our children. […]

Celebrate legendary icon Prince and cinema with AAFCA

The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) is celebrating the cinematic legacy of Prince Rogers Nelson in association with some of the nation’s leading libraries  with a series of special screenings and panel discussions that showcase his career in film. During his lifetime, the iconic entertainer, who died on April 21, 2016, starred in four […]

2017 AAFCA Special Achievement Honors highlights film and TV influencers

The African American Film Critics Association bestowed their Special Achievement Awards to Vanessa Morrison, president of 20th Century Fox Animation; Michael Phillips, film critic for Chicago Tribune; director Anthony Hemingway; and legendary Disney animator Floyd Norman for their career achievements on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, at the California Yacht Club in Marina Del Rey, California. […]

AAFCA names ‘Moonlight’ the top film of 2016

Movies, documentaries and TV shows about the Black experience were in abundance in 2016 making it a truly historic year in terms of the number of movies, documentaries and TV shows released and number of Blacks represented in front and behind the camera. “Our members had a plethora of outstanding movies, documentaries and TV shows […]

AAFCA hearts Black creativity: Honoring Sidney Poitier, Lee Daniels and more

Representing the leading Black film critics in the United States, the African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) produces an annual slate of community, academic and industry programming that includes collaborations with some of the leading film festivals, universities and premier film studios in the world. “Our primary goal as an organization is to create opportunities that will […]

Black Hollywood’s Oscar party at Four Seasons, hosted by AAFCA

Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) and the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), the premiere organization of African-American film media professionals, celebrated diversity with an Academy Awards viewing party at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. The night honored some of the most influential names in entertainment and attracted a diverse group of celebrities and industry executives. Notable attendees included Jamie Foxx, Anthony Anderson, Wesley Snipes, Tracee Ellis Ross, […]

AAFCA’s president Gil Robertson addresses diversity in Hollywood

In recent news, several actors from the Black Hollywood community formed an alliance to boycott the 2016 Academy Awards. At the forefront of the call to action was Jada Pinkett Smith’s plea for African Americans not to participate or attend this year’s ceremony. While Pinkett Smith continues to raise her voice against discrimination in Hollywood, […]

Kelly Edwards breaks the mold with how HBO embraces diversity

For Kelly Edwards, handing a cash prize to a filmmaker isn’t the way to address diversity in the industry. “We had to do it differently at HBO,” says Edwards, who’s at the forefront of diversity in TV and film. “My former job was at NBCUniversal where I was in charge of corporate diversity for 20 […]

AAFCA honors America’s No. 1 urban entertainment production company


AAFCA pays tribute to The Swirl Group The African American Film Critics Association honored Eric Tomosunas and Brett Dismuke, the CEO and president of The Swirl Group during the organization’s 4th Annual SYNERGY – Atlanta reception at Northern Trust in Buckhead. Known for its tremendous output of independent films (35 & Ticking, Church Girl and 24-Hour […]

SYNERGY, AAFCA recognize Atlanta’s Swirl Entertainment

AAFCA will honor Swirl Entertainment at 4th Annual SYNERGY Atlanta reception ('35 & Ticking' movie still)

AAFCA Commits to Honor Prominent Names Behind-the-Scenes in Entertainment at SYNERGY SYNERGY is where the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) will honor Swirl Entertainment Group executives. This year’s honorees, Eric Tomosunas and Brett Dismuke, will be recognized at the organization’s 4th annual Atlanta reception. The Swirl Entertainment Group is known for its independent films (35 & Ticking, […]

Beverly Johnson, Natalie Cole, Star Jones and more at AAFCA’s Oscar viewing party

The African American Film Critics Association held an exclusive 87th Academy Awards viewing party, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz, on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, in the Grand Ballroom of the Four Seasons Hotel. Guests enjoyed a menu that featured sushi, arugula hummus, spicy beef empanadas and duck confit quesadillas, complemented with cocktails that were specifically crafted for the […]

‘Selma’ voted top film of 2014 by AAFCA

Selma, the first studio film to center around Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is the big winner among the critics representing the African-American Film Critics Association also known as the AAFCA. The Paramount film earned multiple awards from AAFCA for best director, Ava DuVernay; best actor for Oyelowo and best song for its John Legend […]

AAFCA to honor Roger Bobb at SYNERGY Awards in Atlanta

The African American Film Critics Association will honor filmmaker Roger Bobb with the organization’s 3rd Annual SYNERGY Award for his pioneering efforts to advance the cinema community in Atlanta. Previous recipients of this award include Tirrell Whitley and Nick Nelson, principal partners at Liquid Soul Media (2012), and Charles Humbard, CEO of UPTV (2013). The […]

African-American Film Critics Association names ’12 Years a Slave’ top film of 2013

Forest Whitaker, Sandra Bullock, Oprah Winfrey and Jared Leto Also Receive Wins from the Nation’s Premiere African American Critics Group The African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) has named 12 Years a Slave as the Best Picture of 2013.  The Fox Searchlight film’s also earned Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Newcomer honors for Steve McQueen, John Ridley […]

African American Film Critics Association celebrates 5th annual dinner

AAFCA to honor Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the first black president of Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) has announced their dates for their annual dinner ceremony honoring the top Entertainment Industry players both in front of the camera and behind the scenes. The official date for the ceremony […]

Clark Atlanta University offers groundbreaking film internship

The Mass Media Arts Department at Clark Atlanta University has formally adopted an academic internship program facilitated by the African American Film Critics Association to train future journalists in the film and entertainment industry. Beginning this fall 2013 semester, the program, available only to junior and senior level students, represents the first academic partnership between […]