loretta devine*Tonight, acclaimed actress and original Dreamgirl Loretta Devine will receive the Pan African Film Festival’s highest honor, The PAFF Lifetime Achievement Award.Devine boasts a coveted body of work spanning three decades in the entertainment industry.  The short list includes Waiting To Exhale, The Preacher’s Wife, Woman Thou Art Loosed , For Colored Girls, Madea’s Big Happy Family, Jumping The Broom, and her Emmy Award winning guest appearance on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy.

PAFF Executive Director Ayuko Babu notes why Ms. Devine was on obvious choice for the festival’s highest honor:

“Ms. Devine is probably one of the hardest working women in show business.   She is an extremely gifted and versatile actress, creating soulful characters in some of our favorite television shows and films.  Through her craft, she is an amazing storyteller, delivering memorable performances and portraying characters with a richness and vulnerability that connects with audiences on many different levels.”

Loretta Devine has been announced as a new cast member with Jennifer Love Hewitt in Lifetime’s new series, “The Client List.” Also receiving honors during the PAFF Night of Tribute are actress Meagan Good (Stomp The Yard, Jumping The Brood, Eve’s Bayou), David Oyelowo (The Help, The Rise of the Planet of Apes), Mr. Leon Garr (entrepreneur and philanthropist), Jewel Thais-Williams (owner Catch One night club and health practitioner), Van Vicker (African movie star), Jimmy Jean-Louis, Eric Kabera and the Rwanda Cinema Centre.  Some of the honorees are also the subjects of or producers of films screened in the festival.  Visit www.paff.org for more details.  The Pan African Film Festival’s Night of Tribute is tonight Friday, February 10, 2012 at 8:00 pm at the Rave Cinemas Baldwin Hills 15 at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza on Martin Luther King Boulevard between Marlton and Crenshaw Boulevard in Los Angeles, California.  For tickets to PAFF screenings and other events, go to www.paff.org


Photo credit: Matthew Jordan Smith from Sepia Dreams, A Celebration of Black Achievement Through Words and Images.