Ava's Group Grows for Black Movies and Stars
FILE - Sterling K. Brown, from left, Ryan Michelle Bathe and Gil Robertson attend the 15th Annual AAFCA Awards on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

Ava's Group Grows for Black Movies and Stars

March 1st, 2024

A long time ago, a lady named Ava worked hard to make a group for Black movies and actors more famous. It was not easy, but she and her friends did not give up. Now, many years later, this group is big and important. Famous people like Oprah and Will Smith come to their big parties. The group also has other events and works with different people to help Black people in movies. They want to share their stories. The group made a Black movie collection that people can watch on airplanes in February. They talk with other movie groups to help Black actors and creators. Gil is the boss of the group, and he started it because he wanted more Black writers in movies. Now they have 130 members from many places. Gil is good at making friends in the movie world. The lady named Ava says Gil always helps Black Hollywood. Deon, who makes movies, says Gil was the only one who noticed him when no one else did. Gil will give Deon a prize for his good work. The group also supported Will Smith when he had problems last year. They still celebrated his movie because they focus on the art. Now, Gil wants the group to do more things, work with more people, and celebrate different groups of people like women and LGBTQ. He says the group will do many new things in the next 20 years.
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💭 Discussion Questions

. Who is the lady that worked hard for Black movies and actors?
. What do famous people like Oprah and Will Smith do for the group?
. What does the group want to do in the next 20 years?

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🌐 Cultural context

This article is from a country that has Hollywood, a famous movie industry. There are groups for people with similar backgrounds or experiences. They celebrate their work and support each other in their careers.

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Advocacy group
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Representation of African Americans in media
People in America talk and write about African American people. They also show pictures and videos of them. Sometimes this is not nice. People do not always show African Americans in a good way. This can make others think wrong things about them. Long ago, on TV, not many characters were African American. Most were white. But now, things are changing. There are more African American actors on TV shows than before. It is important to show everyone fairly on the news too. This helps people understand each other better. There was an old story called "Little Black Sambo." It was about a boy and some tigers. The boy gave his clothes to the tigers. In the end, the boy was okay. But the story made people think wrong things about African American children. They thought they could not grow up to be adults on their own. This was not a kind story. People think if more African Americans make TV shows and news, it will be better. Then everyone can see African Americans doing many different things well.

List of awards and nominations received by Robert Duvall
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