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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Yummo At The Pan African Film Fest

I talked about Tyson in this movie the other day, and will actually be the closing film for the PAFF. Hmmmm.

From Black Talent News:

The Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF) has announced that its closing night gala will feature the world premiere of "Kings of the Evening" on February 18. PAFF also announces that on February 22 The African Channel will broadcast the festival's Night of Tribute in a two-hour special that will air in the U.S., the Caribbean and the United Kingdom."Kings of the Evening" stars Lynn Whitfield, Glynn Turman, Tyson Beckford, Bruce McGill, James Russo, Reginald T. Dorsey, Justin Malloy and Linara Washington. The premiere will take place on February 18 at the AMC Magic Johnson Crenshaw 15 Theaters in the Crenshaw district of Los Angeles. The film tells the story of Homer Hobbs, after serving two years in jail, returns home to a bleak town caught in the depths of the Great Depression - no jobs, no prospects and no hope. He is thrown together with four strangers, each struggling to survive and dig their way out of poverty. As they try to survive during this troubled time, they are forced to face their problems and ultimately learn, by way of an unusual fashion contest, that the only thing a man really owns is his pride and self-respect. Cast members will be present and there is an after-party immediately following the screening.

PAFF's Night of Tribute will be held on Saturday, February 9 at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center and hosted by actor Jimmy Jean-Louis ("Heroes," "Phat Girlz"). The tribute event will honor the lives and bodies of work of pioneering film and visual arts talent including independent filmmaker Charles Burnett, who will receive the Pioneer Award; Rev. Dr. Della Reese, who will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award; Actor Idris Elba receiving the Canada Lee Award; Actress Taraji P. Henson receiving the Beah Richards Award; Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard Parks Sr., who will receive the PAFF Community Service Award; Diana Shannon-Young receiving Artist Achievement Award. The tribute will air on The African Channel on February 22. The network will also present a posthumous Creative Achievement Award honoring Ousamene Sembene.

The Africa Channel is the new 24/7 independent television network dedicated to delivering quality content and bringing the rich and diverse perspectives of Africa and its people into U.S. homes.

The Pan African Film & Arts Festival runs February 7-18, 2008 in Los Angeles, CA. For more information, visit or call (323) 295-1706.

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