Hip-hop in film is getting the shine it deserves at the 2016 African American Film Critics award ceremony which will be taking place early next year. With the booming success of hip-hop’s latest power film, “Straight Outta Compton”, it is only right for the culture to receive recognition for its major impact not only in film, but in society.
The AAFCA, which is considered to be the largest Black film critics organization, will honor actors, films and filmmakers that have portrayed hip-hop culture. The all-star ceremony will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of major hip-hop influenced films, “Boyz N The Hood” and “New Jack City”. Each of these films not only gave way for hip-hop artists such as Ice Cube and Ice T to make their mark in Hollywood, but they also gave African Americans a voice. They displayed the harsh reality that most people would never bother to experience. From the issues of drugs, gang violence, and just trying to simply make it out, these two films collectively covered it all.
“The influence hip-hop has had on Hollywood has never been fully realized or celebrated. The genius and power of the culture helped to produce a new genre of cinema and introduced the world to a new crop of filmmakers who all had new stories from a different perspective to share. It has more than paid off financially and critically.” said AAFCA co-founder and Fox-TV critic Shawn Edwards.
The awards ceremony will also honor John Singleton, Jeff Clanagan, Manohla Dargis, LeBron James and Plan B Entertainment for their consistent excellence in promoting the cinematic arts.