The new award named for Belafonte — the Emmy-winning actor, activist and civil rights leader — is intended to recognize individuals who have used storytelling and the arts to enact change in their communities.
Abrams, in addition to her work as a politician and voting rights activist, also produced last year’s gripping documentary “All In: The Fight for Democracy,” which illuminated America’s history of voter suppression. As such, Tribeca announced that Abrams will be honored for her “outstanding leadership, service and commitment to fighting against injustices through her work as a political leader, voting rights activist and novelist.”
“We are proud to salute the brilliant and inspiring actor, activist and friend, Harry Belafonte with this award created in his honor,’” said Tribeca Chief Content Officer, Paula Weinstein. “We are in awe of Stacey Abrams and her amazing work and unwavering commitment to fighting on behalf of our democracy and against injustices. We are thrilled for her to be the first recipient to begin the legacy of this award.”
After the success of “All In,” Abrams already has her next entertainment project in the works. News broke Monday that Abrams will adapt her latest novel “While Justice Sleeps” into a television series, produced by Working Title Television, part of NBCUniversal International Studios.
In addition to Abrams’ special honor, the film festival, presented by AT&T, also unveiled its Juneteenth lineup of special events and curated programming aimed at highlighting voices of the African Diaspora and celebrating Black stories and storytellers.
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SOURCE: Variety, Angelique Jackson