Hip-Hop duo dead
prez was honored last week at this year’s Imagenation’s Revolution! Awards.
The second annual
event, which was held at the Apollo
Theatre in Harlem, recognizes artists and industry leaders of color who
use their work as vehicles for social change, to foster solidarity and blaze
is tremendously proud to debut our film as part of Imagenation’s Revolution!
Awards," said M1, the event’s co-host. "We are also honored to
receive a Revolution! Award in recognition of our dedication to using music
to assist our peoples’ liberation and empowerment."
In addition to
dead prez performed and hosted an invitation-only screening of its new documentary
concert film Dead Prez: It’s Bigger than Hip Hop.
The one-hour feature,
which shows the group sharing their thoughts on various topics such as world
politics, urban poverty, Black pride, healthy living and the power of Black
women, premiered June 9 on Starz.
include producer/director Lee
Daniels; Warrington Hudlin, producer and president of the Black Filmmaker
Foundation; Thomas Allen Harris, director, editor, cinematographer, producer
and screenwriter; and Keith
Beauchamp, director and writer of the documentary film The Untold Story
of Emmett Till.
Awards recipients are Chuck D., Stanley Nelson, Erykah Badu, Roger Guenveur
Smith, Talib Kweli, Sherry Simpson Dean and Joe Brewster.
1997, Imagenation works to counteract negative images and stereotypes of people
of color, through mass media; as well as establish a chain of independent art-house
plays an important role in building awareness of contemporary black independent
film," said Hudlin. "I look forward to its future initiatives and
am extremely pleased to be a 2006 Revolution! Awards recipient."
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personality Doctor Dre, Damon
Dash, Living Color member Vernon Reid and music producer Keith Shocklee
were among those who attended the event, which was hosted by M1 and journalist
Michela Angela Davis.
included Martin Luther, Burnt Sugar, Kameko featuring Narock and Arkestra Chamber.
Proceeds from the
ceremony benefited the creation of Imagenation Soul Cinema, Harlem’s first independent
movie house dedicated to showcasing films from the African Diaspora
Real estate developer
Carlton Brown of Full Spectrum of New York announced the coming of the tentatively
titled: Imagenation at the Micheaux Film Center, an independent cinema slated
to open next year.
The site will be
located in The Kalahari, a condominium complex located on 116th Street between
Lenox and Fifth.
event marked the beginning of a campaign to raise $1 million toward the development
of the venue.
For more information
on Imagenation, visit www.imagenation.us.