One of the hottest events this spring was The Black and Latino Film Awards. If you missed the fabulous Red Carpet Gala held at the BLFC headquarters at Electropositive, 639 Classon Avenue in Brooklyn, New York, you can watch it on Amazon Prime on May 6 to find out who the winners were.

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The glaring absence and under-representation in mainsteam films in Hollywood can be extremely frustrating for those work tirelessly to give stellar performances in front of, and behind the camera. Perhaps this is what motivated Babatunde Odesanya to create the first platform to specifically celebrate the most talented and impressive Black and Latino writers, directors, producers and actors in the industry. Whatever his motivation, many attendees echoed their frustration at how “whitewashed” Hollywood still is and stated their immense appreciation of an organization that is finally giving the respect and honor to people of color in film.

In an interview on the red carpet with Maria Lopez, an attendee at the glamorous affair said, “I am thrilled to be here in a place where Blacks and Latinos in film are given the recognition they deserve.” She elaborated on the impact that representation has on people of color who make up an enormous percentage of regular moviegoers in domestic, and international theaters around the world. Movies tell our stories, and people in the audience need to be able to identify, to feel that their story is being shown. We need more representation. As Gina Rogriguez said recently, ‘invisibility is dehumanizing’.”

Photo Credit: Stella Magloire

The Black and Latino Filmmaker’s Coalition, (BLFC), taped the 1st Annual Black and Latino Film Awards, hosted by Indie Film Star Kenishia Green (Mirror Game, Situationships)  and Comedy Legend Jon Laster (BET, Comic View). The nominees for the Black and Latino Film Awards were selected by BLFC membership for Best Performance, and other categories for feature film, short film and episodic writers, directors, and producers, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Mustafa Majeed, a rights activist who has worked tirelessly to end institutionalized racism in the film industry, was chosen as this year’s recipient for the Lifetime Achievement Award as thanks for his relentless effort, diligence, and service to the Black and Latino motion picture industry.

Lack of ethnic and gender diversity, in general, is a huge issue within the film industry. The Annual Black and Latino Film Awards will help to combat the lack of representation by honoring those who deserve recognition for their outstanding contributions.

Photo Credit: Stella Magloire

Rob Morgan, Loretta Devine, and Chadwick Boseman were given the honor of being nominated for Best Performance, the award given to an actor who has delivered an excellent portrayal of a leading character in a film.

Awards were also given for Episodic, Short Film and Feature Directors, Episodic, Feature Film, and Non-Fiction Episodic Producers. Writers were also nominated for Episodic, Short Film, and Feature Films as well. For a list of the nominees, and for more information on how to submit the 2019 Black and Latino Film Awards, check out BlackandLatinoFilm and be sure to watch the Black and Latino Film Awards on May 6, 2018, on Amazon Prime.

The complete list of 2018 nominees are listed below

Awarded for Life Time Achievement
Mustafa Majeed

Nominated for Best Performance
ROB MORGAN, Mudbound
LORETTA DEVINE, Chapter & Verse
CHADWICK BOSEMAN, Marshall

Nominated for Best Episodic Director
CYLLLA SENII, Situationships
MAURICE KEYS, Freedom
ASHLEY DENISE, Anthology
LATASHA MERCER, Sit Black and Relax
CHARLES DUNCAN, SCAM 419
MICHAEL PINCKNEY, Sole Kings

Nominated for Best Episodic Producer
ASHLEY DENISE & RICKI LYNEE, Anthology
MICHAEL PINCKNEY, Sole Kings
MOSES VERNEAU, Money and Violence
Nominated for Best Episodic Writer
LATASHA MERCER, Sit Black and Relax
LOUISA BROWN, Car Mom
JON LASTER, Celebs with Issues

Nominated for Best Short Film Director
JONATHAN FERNANDEZ, Dark Days
ROCHELLE ROSE, Super Chef
ALFONSO JOHNSON, A Saturday Night is a Terrible Thing To Waste
STEFON BRISTOL, See You Yesterday

Nominated for Best Short Film Writer
SIXX DESJARDINS, Vilified Banker
ROCHELLE ROSE, Super Chef
STEFON BRISTOL, See You Yesterday

Nominated for Best Feature Director
DANILO ARROYO, Donde Quiera Que Vayas
JAMAL JOSEPH, Chapter & Verse
REGINALD HUDLIN, Marshall

Nominated for Best Feature Producer
TRACEY MOORE, The Preacher’s Son
EDUARDO LUNA,  UN DELINCUENTE EN NUEVA YORK
JONATHAN SANGER, Chapter & Verse

Nominated for Best Feature Writer
DANILO ARROYO, Donde Quiera Que Vayas
JAMAL JOSEPH AND DANIEL BEATY, Chapter & Verse
JON LASTER, Lost and Found

Nominated for Best Non Fiction Episodic Producer
TONI WILLIAMS, Brooklyn Savvy
ANTHONY GEATHERS, NY Caribbean

 

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