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Paley Center to Honor African-Americans on TV with Ava DuVernay, Quincy Jones, More

The Paley Center for Media has announced details for its Hollywood Tribute to African-American Achievements in Television, which will pay homage to notable contributions made by African-Americans in television across seven decades.

During the event, which is scheduled for Oct. 26 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, there will be a special kudos to BET to celebrate the network’s 35th anniversary. The event also coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act and the pivotal role that television played in sparking social change during the movement.

Filmmaker and historian Henry Louis Gates, Jr. will serve as a special adviser to the tribute alongside the Paley Center production team led by Maureen J. Reidy and Diane Lewis, with the writing team, Trey Ellis and Ajani Jackson.

The star-studded Hollywood event is also slated to have guests such as Tyra Banks, Diahann Carroll, Don Cheadle, Ava DuVernay, Louis Gossett Jr., Terrence Howard, Quincy Jones, Keegan-Michael Key, Regina King, Tyler Perry, Wesley Snipes, and Keenen Ivory Wayans.

The Paley Center for Media held a similar event earlier this year in New York City in efforts to expand its archive of African-American materials. Both events come at a time where minority actors are being celebrated on television, as seen last spring with the increase in diversity casting in TV pilots, However, women and minorities are still trailing when it comes to becoming episodic TV directors.

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