It’s Time to Celebrate Black Excellence at the AAFCA Awards!

AAFCA Awards

What’s up, film fanatics? Feeling like Hollywood sleepin’ on the stories and talent of Black folks in the industry? Well, fret no more, because the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) is here to shine a light on the best of the best!

Every year, the AAFCA throws a star-studded party, the AAFCA Awards, to honor the achievements of Black storytellers and films that deserve all the shine. This year, the 15th Annual AAFCA Awards went down in Beverly Hills, and let me tell you, it was a night to remember!

Roy Wood Jr. Keeps the Laughs Coming

Roy Woods Jr.

Our man Roy Wood Jr. came back to host the show for the second year in a row, and let’s just say, the jokes were flying faster than popcorn at a superhero movie marathon. From hilarious commentary to spot-on celebrity impersonations, Roy had the audience roaring with laughter all night long.

Big Names and Even Bigger Wins

Justice Smith 2024 AAFCA awards

The night wasn’t just about the laughs, though. It was also about recognizing the incredible talent in the Black filmmaking community. Big names like Misty Copeland, George C. Wolfe, and Jeffrey Wright received honorary awards for their contributions to the industry.

But the real stars of the show were the winners themselves. From Colman Domingo taking home the award for Best Actor in Rustin to Ava DuVernay winning Best Director for Origin, the night was filled with powerful moments of recognition and celebration.

More Than Trophies: A Celebration of Black Culture

The AAFCA Awards are more than just handing out trophies. They’re a platform to amplify Black voices and stories that often get overlooked by mainstream Hollywood. These films explore the Black experience in all its richness and complexity, from joy and laughter to struggle and resilience. By recognizing these stories, the AAFCA Awards remind us of the incredible depth and diversity of Black culture.

But the AAFCA Awards aren’t just about celebrating the past; they’re about inspiring the future. Seeing actors like Danielle Brooks and Sterling K. Brown win awards shows young Black talent that their dreams are within reach. Up-and-coming filmmakers like Cord Jefferson (who took home the award for Emerging Filmmaker for his flick American Fiction) get a major boost from the recognition. The AAFCA Awards become a beacon of hope, showing the world the immense potential of Black storytellers.

So, next time you’re scrolling through Netflix or catching a movie at the theater, keep an eye out for films and creators recognized by the AAFCA. You might just discover your next favorite story, a story that celebrates Black voices, Black experiences, and Black excellence!

Want to learn more about the AAFCA and its mission? Check out their website at

P.S. Shoutout to AAFCA: for the info and the amazing photos! Check out their website for the full list of winners and more.

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