AAFCA to Mark 30th Anniversary of ‘Coming to America’ Release

Coming to America (Credit: Paramount Pictures)

It seems like just yesterday when Coming to America made audiences laugh and cry with the story of an African prince looking for love in Queens, New York. But in reality, it’s been 30 years since the 1988 John Landis film arrived in theaters.

The film starred Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall. Garcelle Beauvais, James Earl Jones, Madge Sinclair, Paul Bates, Vanessa Bell Calloway and Cuba Gooding Jr. rounded out the cast.

To mark the anniversary of the comedy’s release, the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) will host a special screening on Monday, June 18, at the Mark Taper Room in downtown Los Angeles at 6 p.m. The film will also be shown in Atlanta.

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The events are part of the AAFCA Summer Screening Series to celebrate timeless Hollywood films that highlight black culture and life.

The inaugural series will take place in Los Angeles and Atlanta with showings of 30, 25, and 20 year old movies.

John Singleton’s 1993 drama Poetic Justice starring Janet Jackson, Tupac Shakur and Regina King will also be screened on both coasts, as will Maya Angelou’s 1998 film Down in the Delta, which featured an all-star cast of Alfre Woodard, Wesley Snipes, Esther Rolle and Loretta Devine.

“We are very happy to celebrate these landmark films that not only entertain, but also raise awareness of the African American experience,” AAFCA Programs Director, Nicholas Maye, said in a statement. “The fact that these films are still impactful 30, 25 and 20 years later speaks to the long-lasting power of black film and its images and themes.”

For more details on the screenings, visit AAFCA’s website.

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