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Lee Daniels & Others To Be Honored During AAFCA’S ‘Special Achievement Awards’

Lee Daniels

Congrats to “Empire” creator Lee Daniels! The famed Oscar nominated-producer and director will receive the Cinema Vanguard Award during next year’s AAFCA “Special Achievement Awards" Ceremony. The affair will take place on Saturday, January 7 at the California Yacht Club in Marina del Rey, California.

Other honorees include: Anthony Hemingway, Director of Underground (AAFCA Horizon Award), Mike Philips, Film Critic of Chicago Tribune (AAFCA Roger Ebert Award), Vanessa Morrison, President of Fox Animation (AAFCA Ashely Boone Award) and Floyd Norman, animator for Disney/Hanna-Barbera (AAFCA Legacy Award).

“All of our honorees are serious players who are helping to move the industry forward in terms of creating images that are diverse and inclusive,” says Gil Robertson, AAFCA president/co-founder. “They are all cultural visionaries who deserve to be recognized for their roles in advancing projects that have paid off critically and financially and we look forward to celebrating their careers.”

In the next month, AAFCA will host its signature event, The 8th AAFCA Awards on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood. Winners will be announced on Monday, December 12, 2016.

Established in 2003, the African American Film Critics Association is the largest black film critics’ organization in the world, representing television, radio, print and online critics.

Ray Cornelius is one of Atlanta’s newest entertainment writers and media personalities. His arts and entertainment website, www.raycornelius.com spotlights the latest in “positive” African-American celebrity news and was established in 2012. Since that time Cornelius has covered a myriad of red carpet premieres, award shows and Atlanta-based films including Tyler Perry’s Temptation, The BronzeLens Film Festival, The Trumpet Awards, and The Steve Harvey’s Neighborhood Awards just to name a few. He has also interviewed a who’s who list of today’s top singers, actors and reality stars. With nearly 20 years of media experience, Cornelius has also worked as an associate producer for the Emmy-winning public affairs program, ATL Insider and with such award shows as The Soul Train Awards, The Trumpet Awards and BET Hip-Hop Awards.