Did He Really Make the Cut?

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With only five films to his credit, Lee Daniels is the first African American to be nominated for a Director’s Guild Award and only the second to receive an Academy Award nomination for directing. He’s been celebrated and conflicted for a variety of reasons many of us are still talking about today.

Director Lee Daniels and cast members of the Academy Award nominated drama "Precious" (from left to right: Mariah Carey, Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique and Paula Patton).

Director Lee Daniels and cast members of the Academy Award nominated drama "Precious" (from left to right: Mariah Carey, Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique and Paula Patton).

But in celebration of his noted successes, and in recognition of his resiliently great talent, Daniels will be given the Career Achievement Award at the 14th annual American Black Film Festival‘s culminating event, the ABFF Honors, held on Saturday, June 26th at the New World Symphony Lincoln Theater in Miami.

Don’t know much about the festival? Well, it was designed back in 1997 as a four-day retreat and international film market as a means toward strengthening the black filmmaking community. Fostering new and artistic collaborations while engaging in educational and career development and resource sharing, the ABFF attracts over 4,000 artists, executives and film fans from all over the world.

Since the festival began, nearly 500 films have been screened during the unique setting. To learn more about the ABFF, visit their website at ABFF.com for additional details.

On the flip side of Daniels’ celebratory efforts and since the director’s noted 2009 American drama Precious swept through the Academy Awards with six nominations earlier this year, some movie goers and film buffs have already stated the reasons Lee Daniels’ (and a few other popular directors’) films have begun to turn them off. Do you agree? One viewer wonders why have abuse, incest and other types of despicable behaviors become the dominate image of our race and culture. A few others have shared their concerns and question if examining the often dark truths of our culture will permanently affect the types of roles black actors and actresses can aspire towards. How does this all make you guys feel?

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