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Angela Bassett, Kerry Washington among Black Reel Awards honorees

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Angela Bassett, Kerry Washington, Effie T. Brown and Debra Martin Chase were honored with the 2023 Black Reel Awards.

The Black Reel Awards—also known as “The Bolts”—is an annual awards ceremony organized by the Foundation for the Augmentation of African Americans in Film (FAAAF) that recognizes “the excellence of African Americans and the filmmaking achievements of the African diaspora in the world film industry.” ” The 23rd annual event, presented in partnership with idobi Radio, will take place on February 6, 2023.

“Since its inception, the Black Reel Awards have been at the forefront of recognizing the achievements of exceptional Black creatives. Each of these women has left an indelible mark on the history and culture of cinema,” said Tim Gordon, founder and CEO of the Black Reel Awards, in a statement. “Edobi shares our passion for excellence. does, and together we are delighted to honor this vast group of icons.”

Bassett will be presented with the Sidney Poitier Trailblazer Award, an honor that salutes incredible acting talent, along with previous winners including Cicely Tyson and Laurence Fishburne. Bassett is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her performance in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” which received a total of 14 nominations (tied with “The Woman King” for the most nominated films).

Chase will be honored with the Oscar Micheaux Impact Award, previously given to Spike Lee and Suzanne De Pas. One of Hollywood’s most bankable producers, Chase is behind “The Princess Diaries,” “The Cheetah Girls,” “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” “Cinderella” (1997) and the CBS series “The Equalizer,” starring Latifah.

Washington was selected to receive the Ruby D Humanitarian Award in recognition of his philanthropy, supporting nearly 30 foundations and charities, including the NAACP, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Peace Over Violence, Save the Children, and the Cancer Research Institute. The award has previously been given to Oprah Winfrey and Chaz Ebert.

This year’s Vanguard Award goes to Brown, the producer of such groundbreaking films as “But I’m a Cheerleader,” “Dear White People,” “Real Women Have Curves” and 2023 award contender “The Inspection.” The film, written and directed by Elegance Bratton, was nominated for 10 Black Reel Awards, including Outstanding Independent Film. Past winners of the Vanguard Award include Jamie Foxx, Nate Moore and Halle Berry.

During the ceremony, the Hollywood powerhouse will receive four honorary Bolt statues, made of platinum and gold, described as “symbolizing the flowers laid at the feet of these queens who continue to promote black cinematic excellence.” diversity can exclusively reveal the design of the trophies, pictured below

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