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Eye On Black Salute Event To Take Place During Academy Awards Weekend (Remember The "Black Oscars"?)

by Tambay A. Obenson
February 8, 2012 10:58 PM
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Scheduled to take place during Oscar weekend (on February 24th) a special spotlight event in Hollywood called Eye on Black, which will see a group of black directors feted, including Ava DuVernay, Bill Duke, Haile gerima, Chris Robinson, and Debbie Allen.

At the same event last year, Robert TownsendKeenen Ivory Wayans and Tim Story were the honorees, while Melvin Van Peebles received a lifetime achievement award.

The fact that it occurs during the weekend that the Academy Awards celebration takes place probably isn't a coincidence :)

Reminds me of the now-defunct Black Oscars... rememeber it? I've written about it at least once on S&A.

From around 1982 until 2007, African-American actors, directors, producers and executives held a secret ceremony on the night before Oscar night, to celebrate black performers, calling the event the Black Oscars. Every talent, from the likes of Samuel L. Jackson to Will Smith participated in this event, which was considered a moment for black Hollywood to honor its own. However, in 2007, the "Friends of the Black Oscars," the secretive group that sponsored the event, decided that the Black Oscars had finally become obsolete, thanks in large part to the then recent increases in the presence of black talents in the race for Oscar - Halle Berry, Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Hudson, Will Smith and Djimon Hounsou, notably.

I suppose we could consider Eye On Black its a replacement... somewhat.

Cuba Gooding, Jr., Tim Allen, Luke Wilson, Nia Long, Evan Ross, Macy Gray, CCH Pounder, and Khalil Kain have all been confirmed to present awards during the upcoming Eye on Black salute which will also see Martin Lawrence honored.

The 2012 Eye on Black salute, presented by CENTRIC Network, is set for Friday, February 24, at the Park Plaza Hotel in downtown Los Angeles

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  • Alex E. Burns | February 25, 2012 11:12 AMReply

    Last night was such a great show so many beautiful people....... Thank You " EYE ON BLACK "

  • Felix Curtis | February 9, 2012 12:59 PMReply

    The Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame started in 1982 and honored Black filmmakers, actors,etc each year from '82 to '91 with TV awards programming. Also, one the first Black film festivals. "Black Filmworks" was created during this time.

  • Alice | February 9, 2012 10:40 AMReply

    I attended the Black Oscars back in the day. I miss them too, but in it's place are events like this and Ebony & Essence pre-Oscar Hollywood parties. Of course, there's also a few more private events thrown by black celebs themselves. I like the smaller events like this Eye On Black so much better.

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