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TAYO Fatunla/ECBACC – The Philly Comic e-Convention Goes Online



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*Its time again to celebrate black images in the comic book industry. Postponed because of Covid-19, the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention ECBACC Philly e-Convention is scheduled for this Saturday, July 11th from 11a.m. – 5p.m. Eastern It is a day-long mini-comic book convention that focuses on education, storytelling, literacy and arts.

The19th annual event, was scheduled for Saturday, May 16, 2020 was postponed and in its place, is now an e-Convention as an event continuity place-holder.

Hosted on the Convention’s media platforms, The ECBACC Philly e-Convention this Saturday will consist of all-day online workshops, discussions, interviews, live-chats, panels, inter-active postings, facilitated by select industry professionals (Artists, Storytellers, Writers, Publishers, Cosplayers, et al), lasting for 1hr. – 1.5hrs. each. Get to see and listen to them.

The workshops will be complemented by film screenings and FB posts (both pre-posts and live posts). and previous convention guests (Vendors and Exhibitors), and industry professionals will be invited to participate on their own platforms.

Online posting for ECBACC e-convention –

TAYO Fatunla

TAYO Fatunla

TAYO Fatunla is an award-winning Nigerian Comic Artist, Editorial Cartoonist, Writer and Illustrator. He is a graduate of the prestigious Kubert School, in New Jersey, US. and recipient of the 2018 ECBACC Pioneer Lifetime Achievement Award for his illustrated OUR ROOTS creation and series – Famous people in Black History – He participated in the UNESCO’s Cartooning In Africa forum held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and the Cartooning Global Forum in Paris, France and is part of the ongoing Afropolitan Comics virtual comics exhibition arranged by the French Institute in South Africa at this year’s online-hosted National Arts Festival –


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Mary J. Blige, Kenya Barris and More to Appear At 2020 ABFF Online Edition



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Ten Day Virtual Fest Available to Global Audience August 21-30
Features Mix of Live and On Demand Content

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*The first virtual edition of the American Black Film Festival (ABFF), now in its 24th year, will feature a robust slate of speakers including Stacey Abrams, Kenya Barris, Mary J. Blige, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Barry Jenkins, Gabrielle Union and Lena Waithe, as well as panels ranging from the business of Hollywood to spotlights on new films and television series. The festival will offer a mix of live and on-demand content from August 21st to 30th at

Opening night will feature the HBO Short Film Competition, a platform which has been responsible for showcasing the early work of such industry notables as Ryan Coogler (Black Panther), Ben Watkins (Hand of God) and Stephen Caple Jr. (Creed II) followed by a virtual version of ABFF’s legendary “White Party.” It will close with “The Best of American Black Film Festival Awards” Ceremony, hosted by Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker and simulcast on, followed by a post-awards celebration. Presenters include: Lee Daniels (The United States vs. Billie Holiday), Laz Alonso (The Boys), Bevy Smith (BEVELATIONS) Logan Browning (Dear White People) and Spike Lee (Da 5 Bloods).

Jemele Hill will host a Cadillac sponsored one-on-one conversation with Blige, who is this year’s festival ambassador. In addition to “Conversations With” Blige and Abrams, Angela Rye will moderate a discussion with Barris. Evening programming will also include “Comics on Comedy” hosted by Yvonne Orji (Insecure) featuring Lil Rel Howery (Get Out), a screening of Yusuf Hawkins: Storm Over Brooklyn, presented by HBO, a first look at the highly anticipated Universal Pictures film, Candyman with director/co-writer Nia DaCosta, and a panel on the new animated series Woke from Sony Pictures Entertainment. Additional highlights include a conversation with directors Gina Prince-Bythewood (The Old Guard), Christine Swanson (The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel) and Jacqueline Olive (Always in Season). Amazon Studios presents a Hot at Amazon panel featuring Barry Jenkins, Lena Waithe and Tracy Oliver; a Garrett Bradley Time conversation as well as a discussion with Stacy Abrams. STARZ presents Power Book II: Ghost panel with Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Michael Rainey Jr., Naturi Naughton, Mary J. Blige and Cliff “Method Man” Smith. Netflix brings a discussion with The 40-Year-Old Version writer/director Radha Blank.

There will be opportunities to meet the filmmakers from the competitive categories, panel discussions on “The Hollywood Executive Experience Through The Black Lens,“ ”Navigating the Network and Studio Process,” and ”Black Female Perspectives on Directing and Storytelling” among others. The 90 films featured during the program will be available on-demand for the duration of the festival. The schedule is available here.

“We are gratified by the outpouring of industry support for this year’s ABFF, creating an opportunity for us to reach a global audience with a broad range of compelling content both live and on-demand,” said Jeff Friday, founder and CEO ABFF Ventures. “Although we plan to be back in Miami for 2021, this year’s virtual festival enables us to engage with an audience that might never be able to attend a destination event. Thanks to our sponsors and everyone who participated, we are able to deliver provocative conversation and compelling entertainment when our community most needs it.”

Sponsors to date include WarnerMedia, HBO® (Founding), Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (Presenting Sponsors); Comcast NBCUniversal, Amazon Studios (Premier Sponsors); Cadillac, Sony Pictures Entertainment, IMDb, Netflix, Motion Picture Association (MPA), Jeff Friday Media, Prudential Financial, Starz, a Lionsgate company UMC, Verizon Media (Official Sponsors); AspireTV, Facebook, Morgan Stanley, and Universal Production Music (Supporting Sponsors);, Film Independent, and Variety (Marketing Partners).

For more information on ABFF and up-to-date news, go to and follow @ABFF on Twitter and @AmericanBlackFilmFestival on Instagram and Facebook. Join in on the conversation by using #ABFF20 and #ABFF.





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Winners Announced for the AAFCA TV Honors presented by the African American Film Critics Association



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Kenya Barris

* The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) today announced the virtual edition of its 2nd Annual AAFCA TV Honors.

Launched last year with tremendous success, AAFCA was at the forefront of honoring Ava DuVernay’s “When They See Us,” including recognizing breakout star Jharrel Jerome’s performance.

This year AAFCA is pleased to honor a number of outstanding shows, creators and performers, including ABC’s Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson-produced “For Life” for Best Drama and HBO’s “Insecure” for Best Comedy. Viola Davis (“How To Get Away with Murder,” ABC) and Sterling K. Brown (“This is Us,” NBC) will be honored as Best Actress and Best Actor respectively. Jeremy Pope and Laura Harrier who star in Netflix’ “Hollywood” will be honored as Breakout Performers. TV trailblazer Kenya Barris will receive the organization’s ICON Award for his groundbreaking contributions to television, beginning with the creation of “Black-ish” on ABC and now “#blackAF” on Netflix. The award will be presented by Rashida Jones. Macro Television Studios will receive the organization’s Inclusion Award recognizing an organization with a demonstrable commitment to inclusion in their programming and corporate activities. Best YA honors go to “Never Have I Ever” (Netflix) with the Best Animated prize going to “Central Park” (AppleTV+). HBO’s “Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children” and “The Last Dance” from ESPN Films/Netflix will receive top documentary honors. “The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel” (Lifetime) was named Best TV Movie. “I Promise,” the inspiring documentary series on Quibi, chronicling the first year of LeBron James launching the I Promise School in his hometown, will receive the organization’s inaugural award for Best Short Form. A full list of honorees follows:


  • TV Icon – Kenya Barris
  • Inclusion Award – MACRO Television Studios
  • Best Actress – Viola Davis, “How To Get Away With Murder” (ABC)
  • Best Actor – Sterling K. Brown, “This is Us” (NBC)
  • Best Drama – “For Life” (ABC)
  • Best Comedy – “Insecure” (HBO)
  • Best TV Movie – “The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel” (Lifetime)
  • Breakout Performers – Jeremy Pope / Laura Harrier, “Hollywood” (Netflix)
  • Best YA – “Never Have I Ever” (Netflix)
  • Best Animated – “Central Park” (Apple TV+)
  • Best Documentary – “Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children” (HBO) and “The Last Dance (ESPN Films/Netflix)
  • Best Short Form – “I Promise” (Quibi)

“In a time of such uncertainty, we have witnessed how powerful the medium of television and streaming is,” stated AAFCA co-founder and President Gil Robertson. “We couldn’t be more proud to honor shows and performances that uplift and inspire at a time when we all need entertainment the most. We are especially grateful to have partners like Morgan Stanley as well as the ongoing support of the entertainment community at large helping us with our year-round activities that highlight not only film, television and journalism, but also diversity, inclusion and equality.”

In recognition of the devastating impact of the global pandemic, AAFCA will feature first responders, ranging from essential frontline workers like healthcare personnel and firefighters, to government leaders, alongside Hollywood stars, as AAFCA TV Honors presenters. “As an organization, with a passion for community awareness and outreach,” Robertson stated, “we could not ignore the heroic efforts of those in our larger community during this unprecedented time. This is just a small gesture to recognize them in some way and convey our tremendous gratitude.”

Financial powerhouse, Morgan Stanley, is the presenting sponsor of the 2nd Annual AAFCA TV Honors. Over the past several years, Morgan Stanley has served as a consistent and reliable supporter of AAFCA’s ongoing efforts and activities. “As a proud supporter of the creative community, Morgan Stanley is honored to partner with the African American Film Critics Association, an organization that continues to recognize some of the most talented Black television creators, writers, producers, actors and actresses of our generation, to sponsor the 2nd annual AAFCA TV Honors,” stated Sandra L. Richards, Head of Morgan Stanley Global Sports and Entertainment. “Now more than ever, it is imperative to create and support platforms that amplify Black voices, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with the AAFCA to help do just that.”

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Reps. Karen Bass, James Clyburn, Jane Elliott and More Join Lorna M. Johnson Virtual Town Hall Today At 3PM West/6PM East



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Virtual Townhall



‘One Nation, Under God, Indivisible… Conversations That Inspire Liberty and Justice f or All’ ; Leaders Who Approach and Shift Cultural Norms Relating to Bias, Hate, And Disparities

Panelists to include (*and subject to change):

  • Congress member and Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, Karen Bass (CA: 37th District)
  • Mayor of Compton (CA), Aja Brown
  • House of Representatives member and House Majority Whip (SC, Sixth District), James E. Clyburn
  • Musician/Activist/Author  (KLAN – DESTINE Relationships ”) , Daryl Davis
  • American Diversity Educator (Blue Eyes & Brown Eyes Exercise) Jane Elliott
  • Author, Producer, Filmmaker, and human rights activist TM Garret
  • Philanthropist and Nurse Midwife Lorna M. Johnson
  • Pastor Michael Smith (The Church of Jacksonville, FL)
  • Activist/Producer/Chairman of the Special Olympics /Founder of Unite , Timothy Shriver


  • Karen Bass – Congressmember (CA: 37th Congressional District) and Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus
  • Mayor of Compton (CA), Aja Brown
  • House of Representatives and Majority Whip (SC, Sixth Congressional District), James E. Clyburn
  • Daryl Davis – Author, “KLAN – DESTINE Relationships,” conversations with the K.K.K.
  • Jane Elliott – American Diversity Educator, The Blue Eyes & Brown Eyes Exercise
  • T M Garret – Author, producer, filmmaker and human rights activist
  • Lorna M Johnson – Founder, Lorna M. Johnson Institute, Philanthropist, Activist, Nurse Midwife . Co – moderator
  • Pastor Michael Smith (The Jacksonville Church, FL)
  • Tim Shriver – Activist, Special Olympics Chair, and founder of Unite


“One Nation, Under God, Indivisible… Conversations that inspire liberty and justice for all,”; a free, Virtual Town Hall about the fierce urgency of this moment for healing communications between friends, and bridging the divide between race, culture, faith, and politics.


Wednesday, August 5 , from 3 p.m. PT/6 p.m. E.T. to 4: 0 0 p.m.PT/7:00 p.m. ET





Edna Sims
ESP Public Relations
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