AAFCA to Honor Sherry Lansing, Rita Cooper Lee, More at Special Achievement Awards

2023 AAFCA Special Achievement Honorees

The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) will honor innovators and icons at its 6th Annual AAFCA Special Achievement Awards Luncheon, with Sherry Lansing, Rita Cooper Lee, Dr. Jennifer Turner, and Wonya Lucas set to receive awards.

Lansing, a producer and studio executive, will receive the Legacy Award for her contributions to the industry as well as for her philanthropic endeavors.

Turner, executive vice president of TriStar Television, will be honored with the Salute to Excellence Award for her leadership and commitment to quality programming with an eye on inclusive casts and storylines.

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Wonya Lucas, president and CEO of Hallmark Media, will be presented with the TV Vanguard Award for her vision and leadership in guiding the media brand into the future.

Cooper Lee, head of communications and publicity at Apple Worldwide Video and Apple TV+, will receive the inaugural Rosalind Stevenson Award for excellence in publicity.

Additionally, the documentary A Tree of Life: The Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting will receive the Stanley & Karen Kramer Award for shining a light on the 2021 shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue, and exploring the undercurrent of hate that threatens to destroy America.

“Trailblazers and titans abound in this year’s selection of special achievement honorees,” AAFCA president and co-founder Gil Robertson said in a statement. “Recognizing their incredible achievements gives us a moment to reflect on the progress that’s been made as our industry continues to evolve.”

The AAFCA Special Achievement Awards Luncheon takes place on Saturday, April 8 in Marina Del Rey, California.