Atlanta: Richardson-Whitfield, Riley And Whitfield Part Of “Untold Stories” Honorees

Salli Richardson-Whitfield has joined the roster of honorees for the 2017 “Untold Stories” Awards Luncheon hosted by the Black Women Film Network (BWFN) — now celebrating its 20th anniversary — on Friday, March 3, 2017 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.

Salli will be recognized along with her husband, actor Dondre Whitfield, with the “Power Couple” Award for their dedication to promoting positive images of black love and family throughout their careers.

An industry veteran with over 30 years in Hollywood, Salli has been featured in over 20 major motion pictures and starred opposite a number of Hollywood’s top actors, including Samuel L. Jackson in The Great White Hype, Denzel Washington in Antwone Fisher, and Will Smith in I Am Legend. She recently directed several episodes of OWN’s hit show “Queen Sugar,” starring her husband Dondre, and can currently be seen in the Freeform show “Stitchers.”

Additional “Untold Stories” honorees are Ozzie Areu, president of Tyler Perry Studios, Will Areu, vice president of Tyler Perry Studios, actresses Tichina Arnold and Teyonah Parris, and Donna Lowry, veteran broadcast journalist and 20-year BWFN board member.

The “Untold Stories” Awards Luncheon is part of the three-day Black Women Film Summit on March 2-4. The Summit will open Thursday, March 2, 2017, at the Center for Civil and Human Rights with a screening of FOX’s new drama “Shots Fired,” created by Gina Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Rock Bythewood.

The final day of the Summit is Saturday, March 4 at Atlanta Technical College. On this day, BWFN will present the Black Women Film Festival screenings — in partnership with Bronzelens Film Festival — from 12p – 3pm.

Also on Saturday, the 10th Annual BWFN Book Festival will take place from 12pm – 2pm and

Sheri Riley, author will feature a number of authors, including former LaFace senior director of marketing Sheri Riley, author of Exponential Living® – Stop Spending 100% of Your Time on 10% of Who You Are (Penguin Random House). Additional authors in attendance will be:

  • Mel Pender, Expressions of Hope (biography)
  • Danny Boy Steward, Stranded on Death Row (autobiography)
  • Ruth P. Watson, Cranberry Winter (novel)
  • Sheri Riley, Exponential Living: Stop Spending 100% of Your Time on 10% of Who You Are
  • Faghayai Ogoun Chasing the Horizon (novel)
  • Marsalis, Elegia (fiction)
  • Karyn Greer, I Am A Mother (coffee table book)
  • Lori Dixon James, Letters to My Daughter: While I Am of Good, Health, Sound Mind and Sound Body (non-fiction). My Father Has Dementia. My Mother has Denial (non-fiction)

ChooseATL will present a panel discussion at 3pm entitled “Secrets from the Set: Showrunners, Writers, Actresses Take You Behind the Scenes of Hit TV Shows & Films Produced in Atlanta.” There will also be workshops on kids acting, stand-up comedy, auditioning, casting and social media.

Sponsors of the 2017 Summit are 11Alive, The Foote Welch Group at Morgan Stanley, ChooseATL, Georgia Production Partnership, Norman & Associates Real Estate Solutions, the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame, the Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Film & Entertainment and Classic Party Rentals.

For tickets to the luncheon, visit blackwomenfilm.org.

For passes to the Summit, visit blackwomenfilmsummit.org.

Photo credit (L to R): Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Sheri Riley, author and Dondre Whitfield.

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