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ImageNation Celebrates: Ruby Dee, John Lewis, Debra L. Lee & Lisa Cortés

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Event Includes Advance Screening of PBS Documentary Freedom Riders
with Remarks by Lewis and Director Stanley Nelson

NEW YORK (November 22, 2010)—The ImageNation Cinema Foundation will honor actress Ruby Dee and other trailblazing members of the entertainment, business and political worlds at its 2010 Revolution Awards Gala Reception on December 2. Georgia Congressman and civil rights hero John Lewis; BET Chairman and CEO Debra Lee; producer Lisa Cortés (executive producer of Precious); Burrell Communication Group Chairman Emeritus and author of Brainwashed Tom Burrell; and filmmaker and activist Iris Morales will also be honored at the 7 pm ceremony, which takes place at The Film Society of Lincoln Center. BET Networks is the presenting sponsor of the 2010 ImageNation Revolution Awards, which is produced in partnership with The Film Society of Lincoln Center (FSLC).

The Revolution Awards are awarded to individuals who inspire social change, blaze new trails, help foster solidarity throughout the African Diaspora, and promote or advance the arts, including Black and Latino film and culture. This year, categories include: the Revolution Award for Lifetime Achievement (Ruby Dee); the Revolution Award for Freedom (Congressman John Lewis); the Revolution Award for Visionary Leadership in Television (Debra L. Lee); the Revolution Award for Pioneering Leadership in Media Enterprise (Tom Burrell); the Revolution Award for Trailblazing in Independent Film & Music (Lisa Cortés); and the Revolution Award for Activism (Iris Morales).

The event includes an advance screening of Stanley Nelson’s film Freedom Riders, which will air on PBS in 2011. The film is the powerful account of more than 400 black and white civil rights workers who transformed America over six months in 1961. The film will be followed by a discussion with the filmmaker and Lewis, one of the Freedom Riders.

WHO: Ruby Dee, Rep. John Lewis, Debra L. Lee, Lisa Cortés, Stanley Nelson, Tom Burrell, Iris Morales and Moikgantsi Kgama, ImageNation President & Executive Director

WHAT: ImageNation 2010 Revolution Awards

WHERE: The Film Society of Lincoln Center,
165 W. 65th Street, Plaza Level, near Amsterdam Avenue

WHEN: Thursday, December 2

5:45 pm Press check-in
6:00 pm Photo opportunities at reception (for TV/photographers)
7:00 pm Awards ceremony

RSVP: RSVP is required by Monday, November 29 to Cheryl Duncan at cheryl@cherylduncanpr.com, 201-332-8338 or 917-981-1842. A confirmation must be received in reply.

For interview and media inquiries, contact: cheryl@cherylduncanpr.com or alimah@cherylduncanpr.com or 201-332-8338

For more information: www.imagenation.us

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