News from our BronzeLens Family

46th NAACP Image Award Recognizes Harris

Thomas Allen HarrisThomas Allen Harris‘ Chimpanzee Productions Inc. received the 46th NAACP Image Award in the documentary film category. The documentary, Through A Lens Darkly, aired on PBS stations nationally as part of its Independent Lens series. The film was a 2014 BLFF Official Selection.

Other winners included:

  • Joe Brewster, Michele Stephenson, Hilary Beard for Outstanding Literary Work-Instructional “Promises Kept: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and in Life”, which accompanied their documentary American Promise.?That film?was a 2013 BronzeLens Official Selection.

Help Through A Lens Darkly Get Into Schools

taldThe?”Help Get The Through A Lens Darkly in Schools” campaign is seeking donations.

The campaign will help them to create “Train-the-Trainer” materials and guides so that they can enlarge the reach of the film and Digital Diaspora Family Reunions (DDFR).? The funds raised will be used for scholars, academic consultants, writers, multilingual translators, multimedia producers, videographers and editors to help them develop innovative tools that will enable the issues, ideas, messages and values prominent in the film and throughout the DDFR transmedia project to be successfully duplicated anywhere and everywhere. Through A Lens Darkly, which played to a sold-out crowd at 2014 BronzeLens was inspired by the ground-breaking work of photo-historian Deborah Willis, PhD.?? To get more information on supporting this cause, click here.

Issa Rae Authors New Book

issaIssa Rae is currently doing her national book tour for The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl. Rae was BronzeLens? 2013 Emerging SuperStar Award winner. The book is now on the NY Times best seller list and ASPiRE recently hosted her recent visit to Atlanta. The sold-out crowd was enthusiastically engaged with the writer and loved hearing about behind the scenes comments on the book and her life.


Rain Pryor’s Upcoming CD Release

rainLast month, Rain Pryor?talked with Richelle Carey of Al Jazeera about what it was like growing up as the multiracial child of a Hollywood icon, Richard Pryor. If you would like to read the full article, click here.

She also announced during the interview her first upcoming?comedy CD, Black and White, which is scheduled for release on April 7th. Pryor’s documentary, That Daughter?s Crazy, for which she won Best Actress, was featured in 2014 BronzeLens.

The King Center Commemorates 50th Anniversary of ?Bloody Sunday?

king centerThe King Center invites you to join them as they commemorate the 50th Anniversary of ?Bloody Sunday? with special screenings of the film SELMA this weekend. The film will be shown in their Freedom Hall Auditorium, located at 449 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312. Advance tickets are available for purchase in their bookstore and can also be purchased on the days of the screenings.

March 7, 1965, known as “Bloody Sunday”, was the day that the first Selma march took place where 600+ marchers were attacked while going from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

$5 for adults and $2.50 for children, students and seniors: Friday, March 6 at 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 7 at 11:30 a.m. and Sunday, March 8 at 2:30 p.m. For more information on these screenings and The King Center, please click here.

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Robi Reed

Congratulations Are in Order

Logan Browning

Congratulations to previous BronzeLens SuperStars Robi Reed and Logan Browning who were just honored at the annual Black Women Film Network Luncheon this Friday afternoon. The luncheon was part of a three-day summit, celebrating black women in the arts and entertainment.



sheriBronzeLens also congratulates Advisory Board member Sheri Riley, who is one of the session speakers at Steve Harvey?s “Act like a Success Conference” tomorrow in Washington, DC. For information, click here.

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