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ImageNation 2010 Revolution Awards

The ImageNation Cinema Foundation honored actress Ruby Dee and other trailblazing members of the entertainment, business and political worlds at its ImageNation 2010Ruby Dee Revolution Awards Gala Reception on December 2, 2010. Georgia Congressman and civil rights hero John Lewis was scheduled to speak but was stuck in Washington to handle several crucial votes so he appeared live through Skype.

Honorees Ruby Dee, Lynn Whitfield, Debra L. Lee, Lisa Cortés, Stanley Nelson, Tom Burrell, and Iris Morales were in attendance at the 7 pm ceremony held in at The Film Society of Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater.

This year's categories included:

  • Legendary Actress Ruby Dee -- the Revolution Award for Lifetime Achievement
  • Congressman John Lewis -- the Revolution Award for Freedom 
  • BET Chairman and CEO Debra L. Lee -- the Revolution Award for Visionary Leadership in Television
  • Burrell Communication Group Chairman Emeritus and author of Brainwashed Tom Burrell -- the Revolution Award for Pioneering Leadership in Media Enterprise 
  • Producer Lisa Cortés (Precious executive producer) -- the Revolution Award for Trailblazing in Independent Film & Music 
  • Filmmaker and activist Iris Morales -- the Revolution Award for Activism 

Actor Jamie Hector was MC and Actress Lynn Whitfield presented the award to Cortés.

BET Networks is the presenting sponsor of the 2010 ImageNation Revolution Awards, which is produced in partnership with The Film Society of Lincoln Center (FSLC).

ImageNation President and Executive Director Moikgantsi Kgama and Executive Producer Gregory Gates created the Revolution Awards to give  to individuals who inspire social change, blaze new trails, help foster solidarity throughout the African Diaspora, and promote or advance the arts, including Black and Latino film and culture.

The event included an advance screening of documentarian Stanley Nelson’s film Freedom Riders, which will air on PBS in 2011. The film is the powerful account of more than 400 black and white civil rights workers who transformed America over six months in 1961. The film was preceded by a introduction by filmmaker Nelson and Lewis, one of the Freedom Riders.

ImageNation 2010 Revolution Awards
Thursday, Dec. 2nd, 2010
The Film Society of Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater
165 W. 65th Street (Plaza Level, near Amsterdam Av.)

Franco, Hathaway to Host Oscar® Show

James Franco and Anne HathawayBeverly Hills, CA (November 29, 2010) – James Franco and Anne Hathaway will serve as co-hosts of the 83rd Academy Awards®, Oscar telecast producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer announced today. Both have previously appeared on the telecast but not in hosting capacities.

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Eva Mendes & Jeremy Renner Announced the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Award Nominations

Film Independent Spirit AwardsThe 2011 Film Independent Spirit Award nominations were announced on November 30, 2010, at London, West Hollywood Hotel, by Eva Mendes and Jeremy Renner. The winners to be unveiled on February 26, 2011

Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival also noted that the 26th edition of the Spirit Awards will be held at the beach in Santa Monica on Saturday, February 26 at 2:00 p.m. The ceremony will air the same day exclusively on IFC at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

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In the Life Media Honors Awarded at Gala

In The Life Media, producers of the groundbreaking LGBT public affairs program In The Life, has presented its 2010 Pioneer Award to philanthropist Henry van Ameringen at the Season Premiere Gala at Manhattan's The Morgan Museum on October 4th, 2010. Honoree Van Ameringen

As the president of two major foundations, van Ameringen, 80, is among the most prolific philanthropists in the country. According to public records, his foundations issued grants to over 200 institutions in 2009, funding many of New York City's LGBT organizations, HIV/AIDS service providers, social justice organizations, community health centers and more.

In The Life Media Executive Director Michelle Kristel explained, "As discreet as he is generous, van Ameringen is truly a pioneering, if elusive, leader behind the scenes of the LGBT civil rights movement. Though his philanthropic legacy spans over half a century, he remains notoriously modest and the great contributions he has made toward social justice have gone largely unpublicized.

ITLM is thrilled to host this rare event publicly honoring van Ameringen, whose life-long dedication to social justice reflects ITLM's mission to advance equality within and beyond the LGBT communities."

New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said, “Let me just say there are very few AIDS service organizations and LGBT groups in the City of New York that have not benefited from Henry's philanthropy.

Added Quinn, "And one of the things about Henry's philanthropy is he actually doesn't want you to know about it. Thank you, In The Life Media, for finally getting Henry to relent and letting us honor him."

Debuting in 1992, In the Life is a 30-minute program nationally broadcast on public television. It has received three Emmy Award nominations, a Lambda Legal Liberty Award, the Courage Award from the NYC Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project, the Seigenthaler Award from the National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association and a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding TV Journalism.

The October edition of In The Life, was screened at the gala. Titled "Surviving the Past," the episode deals with Florida's past and present struggles to overcome anti-gay discrimination, focusing on the state's adoption laws and on the campaign of openly gay mayor Craig Lowe. On a lighter note, the episode also features a conversation with legendary actor/singer (and gay icon) Liza Minnelli and actor/playwright Charles Busch.

Busch was on hand to honor van Ameringen, along with comedian Kate Clinton and hip hop artist Shorty Roc.

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