An enjoyable and
with the co-recipients of
this year’s Deloris Jordan
Award for Excellence in
Pemon Rami and Maséqua Myers created a thrill wherever they went during opening night of the Black Harvest Film Festival. The popular married couple seemed to know everyone at the celebration and hobnobbed with grace. They also wore some of the coolest outfits of the night.
No doubt, the popular husband and wife are worthy co-recipients of this year’s Deloris Jordan Award for Excellence in Community Leadership.
In the national film arena, filmmaker Pemon Rami is known for his work as a member of the casting departments for Blues Brothers and Cooley High and as a producer for 93 Days. In Chicago, he is the former Director of Education and Public Programs for the DuSable Museum of African American History. He also recently completed a film shot with Danny Glover in Nigeria titled, 93 Days.
He considers “the investment of the country in film” to be the most significant change in the industry and “the development of new artists” to be the most encouraging factor in African American cinema happening today.
Since 2014, Maséqua Myers has been Executive Director of the South Side Community Arts Center, a 78-year-old institution and gallery dedicated to African-American artists. But that’s only part of the story. Along with the experience she brings to the position, Ms. Myers can also claim to the titles of producer, curator, director, teacher, youth administrator, arts administrator and project developer.
The most encouraging thing she sees in current African American Cinema are “so many Black artists entering into the industry and telling stories that have never been told before from so many different perspectives.”
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