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AAFCA explores Black LGBTQ Images in TV, Film and Media during #PRIDE2020 (VIDEO)

The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) is celebrating #PRIDE all month long and yours truly---Ray Cornelius---recently hosted a panel discussion about Black LGBTQ images in television, film and media.

The exclusive conversation features some of the most influential figures in the Black LGBTQ community including Native Son Now founder and media maven Emil Wilbekin; media personality, producer and author Patrick Riley; V. Scott Hamilton from Better Brothers L.A. plus Charles Stephens and Michael Ward from the Atlanta-based organization, The Counter Narrative Project

From James Baldwin to RuPaul to groundbreaking television series like Noah's Arc and POSE to iconic movies like The Color Purple and PUNKS, the #PRIDE2020 conversation takes a look back at the cinema and pop culture images that "pushed the envelope" and gave the Black gay community a voice. 

In addition to the conversation, AAFCA is also hosting a short film competition and is currently seeking projects that explore COVID-19 from the Black LGBTQ perspective. All entries should be no more than 5-minutes in length and submitted via VIMEO link to SpecialProjects @aafca.com. Smartphone videos are welcomed and submissions are due on Wednesday, June 24

Watch the conversation below: 

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.