Film, stage, and television actress, producer, and political activist, Alfre Woodard has been named one of the most versatile and accomplished actors of her generation. Among the films and television shows she has acted in are Burning Sands, the TV series Luke Cage, 12 Years a Slave, Grey’s Anatomy, Love & Basketball, Down in the Delta, Miss Evers’ Boys, August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson and Bopha! As the recipient of the 2017 PAFF Lifetime Achievement Award, she will sit with director and friend Neema Barnett and share her thoughts on her illustrious career, the many memorable roles she has brought to life, and what she believes to be the future for Pan African Cinema. Watch now
Moderated by Britni Danielle (Ebony Magazine)
Discuss what’s in store for the couple in 2017 and the lessons they’ve learned last year. Mara Brock is the creator of BET’s Being Mary Jane, which premiered in 2013. Brock Akil first began her career in 1994 writing for the critically acclaimed but short-lived Fox series South Central. In 1999, she served as supervising producer and writer on The Jamie Foxx Show after writing for Moesha for four seasons. In 2000, Brock Akil created and executive produced (along with Kelsey Grammer) another UPN series, Girlfriends. She also created and executive produced the spin-off series The Game.
On her new role on FOX’s new series Shots Fired with Reggie ‘Rock’ and Gina Prince-Bythewood and what led her to television. Sanaa Lathan has starred in many films, including the box-office hit The Best Man and its 2013 sequel, Love & Basketball, Brown Sugar, Alien vs. Predator and The Family That Preys. Lathan was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance on Broadway in A Raisin in the Sun. From 2009 to 2013, she voiced Donna Tubbs in The Cleveland Show. In 2010, she starred in the all-black performance of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Novello Theatre in London. Watch now
In 2015, PAFF had an intimate, exclusive conversation with award-winning actor, producer, and director Denzel Washington. A native of Mount Vernon, New York and graduate of Fordham University, Denzel Washington began his illustrious career on the New York City stage with The Negro Ensemble Company. It was his award-winning performance in A Soldier’s Play that led to his big break as Dr. Phillip Chandler in the hit hospital drama St. Elsewhere. What followed was a string of films portraying notable characters the first of which gave him his first Oscar for the role of Trip in the Civil War drama Glory. Standout roles include South African freedom fighter Steven Biko in Cry Freedom, an inspiring coach in Remember the Titans, a wrongly accused boxer in Hurricane, and his phenomenal embodiment of Malcolm X directed by Spike Lee, which garnered him his second Oscar nomination. In 2001, he received the Oscar for his portrayal of an above the law LAPD veteran in Training Day. Watch below