Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

The Black Women Film Network (BWFN) presented its annual “Untold Stories Awards” and Scholarship Luncheon yesterday at the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta.  Established in 1997, BWFN is a non-profit with the mission of increasing the numbers of women of all cultures in the film industry and related areas. The organization seeks to preserve the voice of Black women, and unheard part of Black History, through programs that empower and educate.

This year’s honorees included multi-faceted entertainer Katerina Graham, veteran actress and wellness/life coach to the stars A. J. JohnsonThe Have and the Have Nots  actress Crystal Fox, UPSCALE  and CEO of Bronner Brothers Inc. Bernard Bronner and The Weather Channels’s Kashira Alexander.  Media mavens Jocelyn Dorsey (editorial director of WSB TV2), Deidre McDonald (artistic director, BronzeLens Film Festival) and Evelyn Mims (community relations director, WXIA-TV) were also honored for their countless years of service to the city of Atlanta.

A scholarship was presented to Temple University film student Gabriela Watson Aurazo. Additional attendees included Ebony Steele (Dish Nation/Rickey Smiley Morning Show), Traci Blackwell (VP Programming, The CW) , Kysha Cameron (CEO, Ryan Cameron Foundation), Sheila Bronner (Publisher, UPSCALE) and Adrene Ashford (owner, House of Adrene).

Egypt Sherrod from HGTV’s “Property Virgins” and 11 Alive News anchor Karyn Greer co-hosted the event with music provided by DJ Salah Ananse.

Check out some photos below:

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 Honorees A.J. Johnson and Kat Graham

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 Honoree Deidra McDonald with BWFN boardmembers Heather Hawes, Traci Blackwell and Donald Woodard

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 Property Virgin’s  Egypt Sherrod with husband DJ Fadelph

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Honoree Evelyn Mims with Kysha Cameron

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Honoree A.J. Johnson with Danyelle Carter

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Karyn Greer with Sheryl Gripper and photo griot Sue Ross

Tomika DePriest (BWFN Chair) - Sheila Bronner (Upscale) rsz.jpg QW

BWFN Chair Tomika DePriest with Shelia Bronner

Photo Credit: Chris Mitchell