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NABJ Arts & Entertainment Task Force Special Events

Friday, August 4, 2017  
Posted by: Benét J. Wilson
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Come join the Arts and Entertainment Task Force featuring exciting up fronts, documentaries, cocktails and photo opps with fabulous special guest! You don't want to miss these once in a lifetime events taking place Friday and Saturday at #NABJ17. 
NABJ A&E Task Force Reception 
Powered by OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network
Friday, August 11
Location: Grand Ballroom A&B


The 2017 NABJ Arts & Entertainment Reception will be one for the ages!
This year, the task force is partnering up with Oprah Winfrey's OWN and will feature the casts of their hit shows Greenleaf and Ava Duvernay's Queen Sugar. Please join us in the Grand Ballroom A&B for nibbles and cocktails and celebrate another great NABJ convention with two of your favorite TV shows!

NABJ Arts & Entertainment RED CARPET
Powered by MGM Resorts


Be there when some of the hottest stars walk the A&E Task Force Red Carpet Event on Friday, Aug. 116:00-7:00 PM at Chemin Royal at the Hilton Riverside Hotel. Working media can apply here for press credentials and a place on the red carpet.


FRIDAY, August 11
Upfront - Screening "When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story" Powered by TV One
Location: Salon 9 & 12


"When Love Kills" tells the tragic story of Falicia Blakely, a teen mom who only knows life in the fast-lane. When she becomes an exotic dancer, she attracts the attention of pimp and predator, Dino. His empty promises of a life together turn Falicia into a pawn in his dangerous games and she's forced to prove her love for him at the expense of innocent lives.
A question and answer session about the movie, based on a true story, follows featuring actors Lance Gross, Lil Mama, Tami Roman, and director Tasha Smith.
Click HERE for featured trailer.
Upfront Screening - "90 Days" Powered by AIDS Healthcare Foundation and Black Leadership AIDS Crisis Coalition
Location: Salon 3 & 6
A riveting story of love, integrity and compassion, "90 Days" explores a beautiful couple's relationship and their life-altering decision after ninety days of dating.
Fueled with gripping performances by an extraordinary cast of actors led by Pauletta Washington, Teyonah Parris and Nicholas Few, "90 Days" is a groundbreaking cinematic piece of art that confronts the human experience of overcoming one of life's greatest perceived challenges.
Written by Nathan Hale Williams and directed by Williams and Jennia Fredrique Aponte, the film is entertaining, authentic and a visual masterpiece. Based on a true story, "90 Days" is a film that will touch hearts while navigating the definition of ultimate compassion.
Click HERE for featured trailer.
Upfront Screening - "Black Lightning" Powered by Warner Bros. Television/ Black Lightning


Location: Salon 19 & 22


Jefferson Pierce is a father and principal of a New Orleans high school in a neighborhood overrun by violence. Gifted with the superhuman power to control electricity, he kept the streets safe as masked vigilante Black Lightning. Though those days are behind him, he must return to save his community.


Upfront Screening "S.W.A.T." Powered by CBS
4:15 - 6:15PM
Location: Salon 19,20,21,22,23,24


S.W.A.T. is a realistic and sensitive look at the brave men and women who form the administrative and tactical elements of the L.A.P.D. Metro S.W.A.T. team. The one hour television series follows ex-Marine Daniel "Hondo" Harrelson, played by Shemar Moore, as he is promoted to leader of his own S.W.A.T. team following the accidental shooting of an innocent teenager. With the city on edge, Hondo, a lifelong resident of South Los Angeles, finds himself torn between his compatriots in blue and his civilian neighbors. He'll have to find a way to bridge these two worlds and bring a deadly crew of anarchists to justice before they can get the city to turn on itself.

Click HERE for featured trailer.


Documentary- Film Screening "Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities" Powered by Firelight Media
Location: Salon 3 & 6
A haven for black intellectuals, artists and revolutionaries and path of promise toward the American dream, black colleges and universities have educated the architects of freedom movements and cultivated leaders in every field. They have been unapologetically black for 150 years. For the first time ever, their story is told. Directed by award-winning documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson, "Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities" examines the impact HBCUs have had on American history, culture, and national identity. "Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities" will air nationally on the acclaimed PBS series, Independent Lens in February 2018.
Click HERE for featured trailer:


Documentary- Film Screening "Gay Like Me" Powered by AIDS Healthcare Foundation and Black Leadership AIDS Crisis Coalition
Location: Salon 9 & 12
Celebrity trendsetting hairstylist from BRAVO TV's Fashion Queens and The Real Housewives of Atlanta, produces this provocative documentary highlighting the real life journey of African-American men embracing one's own sexual identity, while sharing the many faces, backgrounds and personalities of gay black men.
The film creates a platform to ignite the dialogue around the shame, stigma and judgment's that black gay men are confronted with and the stereotypes that exist in our community of what it means to be a black gay man.
Click HERE for featured trailer.
Documentary- Film Screening : "The First To Do It" - Life & Times of Earl Lloyd, the First Black Player in the NBA Powered by Constant Beta Motion Pictures
4:15 - 6:15 PM
Location: Jackson
The NBPA, in partnership with Constant Beta Motion Pictures, presents a sneak peek into select footage of "The First To Do It" - a documentary on the life and times of Earl Lloyd, the first black player in the NBA.
Please join directors Coodie & Chike and other special guests as we discuss the film, share the stories of this great man and sporting pioneer - most importantly to preserve the importance of player legacy.


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