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RZA, Misty Copeland & Yvonne Orji to Headline Star-studded UrbanWorld Film Festival

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Rza and Jazzy Jaz Summers / Photo: Jazmyn Summers

*The famed ballet dancer Misty Copeland, legendary Wu-Tang rapper and filmmaker RZA, and Black astronaut Leland Melvin will join comedian and actress Yvonne Orji, writer Nelson George, and numerous directors, filmmakers, and actors at the 27th annual Urbanworld film festival in New York City, November 1-5th.

Founded in 1997 by Stacy Spikes, the annual five-day celebration of diverse storytelling and innovation has since become a cornerstone event for both established and emerging filmmakers, as well as industry experts, looking to showcase their work, exchange ideas, and celebrate the power of cinema.

The festival was established with the aim of redefining and advancing the presence and impact of the multicultural community in cinema and cross-platform media. Through its screenings, panels, and celebrations, Urbanworld continues to promote diverse voices and perspectives in the world of filmmaking. and showcase the power of diversity in storytelling.

Yvonne Orji attends HBO Celebrates The Final Season Of 'Insecure' With Insecure Fest on October 23, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for HBO)
Yvonne Orji attends HBO Celebrates The Final Season Of ‘Insecure’ With Insecure Fest on October 23, 2021, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for HBO)

One of the festival’s most anticipated segments is the Urbanworld Innovation Summit. This summit brings together industry experts who provide invaluable insights into the ever-evolving landscape of content creation, financing, distribution, and marketing. Through a series of engaging and informative panels, attendees can gain a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities in the entertainment industry.

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Misty Copeland

Urbanworld will also host a mix of parties and cultural events.

The Urbanworld Film Festival is an initiative of the Urbanworld Foundation Inc., a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusivity in cinema and cross-platform media. Through its various programs, the foundation supports emerging talent, hosts workshops, and champions the cause of diversity in the industry.

As the festival gears up for another exciting year, film enthusiasts, industry professionals, and artists from around the world eagerly anticipate the opportunity to celebrate the rich art of storytelling from diverse voices.

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