Atlanta Hip-Hop Festival Honors Trendsetters

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By Quibian Salazar-Moreno

      The Atlanta Hip-Hop Film Festival is in its third year after two successful years where film inspired and based on hip-hop culture are recognized and celebrated. This year the festival’s is presented by Creative Circle Entertainment with the theme as paying homage to hip-hop’s trendsetters.

      "Every year we honor trailblazers who’ve made and are making a positive impact within the realm of Hip-Hop film,” said Shameka Gumbs, Creative Circle Entertainment Executive Director. ”The honorees will be recognized during the awards ceremony hosted by Malik Yoba and Yo Yo.”

      Taking place from August 24 to 26, the festival will also host panel discussions, workshops, special events, film screenings; showcasing filmmakers from around the globe in addition to the awards ceremony.


Here are the honorees and categories:


Reginald Hudlin – Ultimate Filmmaker – Hudlin will be honored for his collection of works as filmmaker, executive producer and writer


Master P – Humanitarian -AHFF is extremely proud to recognize Master P’s community outreach activities such as starting his own foundation dedicated to providing jobs to inner-city youth and creating Team Rescue to assist Hurricane Katrina victims.


Nick Cannon – Triple Threat – This award is in recognition of Cannon’s work as an actor, executive producer and rapper.


Cindy Campbell – Jack the Rapper – Campbell is saluted for organizing and promoting the infamous “back to school party” along-side her brother DJ Kool Herc, that ultimately led to the creation of the “Block Party” – a HipHop cornerstone.


House Party I – HipHop Throwback – The HipHop Throwback Award celebrates films which were the foundation of the HipHop film genre. House Party I not only launched many successful acting careers, it accurately reflected the essence of a true house party.


Idlewild – HipHop Futuristic – The HipHop Futuristic Award celebrates creativity and innovation in current HipHop films. AHFF is proud to recognize a film which broke all barriers for HipHop musicals.


Danny Hoch – HipHop Theatre – AHFF is excited to celebrate great work in theatre and applaud Hoch’s efforts to bring HipHop to audiences worldwide using a new outlet.