African American Film Critics to Honor ‘Black and Blue’ Director Deon Taylor

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Black and Blue director Deon Taylor is set to receive an award from the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA).

In a recent press release, the organization announced that Taylor will be honored with a Horizon Award at the 2020 AAFCA Special Achievement Awards Luncheon.

Through his Hidden Empire Film Group, Taylor has built a film library that he largely directed and produced. In addition to Black and Blue, starring Naomie Harris and Tyrese Gibson, Taylor’s other recent films include The Intruder (2019), Traffik (2018), and Meet the Blacks (2016).

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“AAFCA Special Achievement Awards are given to individuals whose careers have impacted the entertainment industry,” said Gil Robertson, AAFCA co-founder/CEO. “They include a mix of individuals from various corners of the industry who have distinguished themselves in their work, making a powerful and wide-reaching impact.”

During the ceremony, AAFCA will also honor music executive, entrepreneur and film producer Clarence Avant; American Son director Kenny Leon; BlacKkKlansman executive producer Matthew Cherry; noted film critic Richard Roeper; and former Paramount Pictures Chairman and CEO Sherry Lansing.

The National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) will additionally receive AAFCA’s Salute To Excellence Award in recognition of its work to maximize diversity and inclusion for creators of color.

The awards will be handed out in Pacific Palisades, Calif., on Saturday, April 11, 2020.