*To help further the diversity discussion spawned by #OscarsSoWhite and continuing in the wake of “whitewashed” films, EBONY.com has partnered with the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) for a video roundtable series called “Fast Forward.”
The first episode begins on Ebony.com with “The Creatives” featuring “Dear White People” producer Effie Brown; Black & Sexy TV co-founder Numa Perrier; Code Black Entertainment (“Perfect Match”) founder, CEO and President Jeff Clanagan; as well as the director of the LA Film Festival and film producer pioneer Stephanie Allain, of “Hustle and Flow and “Beyond the Lights.” Johnson Publishing’s Vice President and Head of Digital Editorial Kyra Kyles co-moderates the lively and no-holds-barred conversation with AAFCA Co-founder and President Gil Robertson.
Among the quotable moments is Clanagan’s quip about the industry’s failure to measure Black audience engagement: “The studio hates when I say this, but ‘you can’t track Black,” the Code Black head honcho explained. Other discussion points:
- Stephanie Allain on the progress made since #OscarsSoWhite shook up the studios.
- Numa Perrier on which distribution methods help content creators of color be heard
- Effie Brown on tired storylines, including the put-upon Black heroine, up-from-slavery narrative and urban gangsta
Watch the lively and solutions-focused discussion HERE. Join the ongoing social conversation via @Ebonymag and @theaafca with the hashtag: #fastforward.
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The African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) is the premiere organization of African-American film media professionals. Founded in 2003, AAFCA’s members represent a geographically diverse cross-section of media covering the cinematic arts. The organization honors excellence in cinema by creating awareness for films with universal appeal to black communities, while emphasizing film about the black experience and those produced written, directed and starring performers of African descent. The association actively reviews the quality and standard of black talent, content and media coverage. AAFCA also supports the development of future black film critics and filmmakers. AAFCA is based in Los Angeles.