CBLDF board member and entertainment industry trailblazer Reginald Hudlin will be the first-ever recipient of the African-American Film Critics Association’s “Salute to Excellence Award” at the group’s upcoming awards ceremony in February.
Hudlin is an innovative force in modern Black entertainment, having written or directed such beloved films as House Party, Boomerang, and BeBe’s Kids, as well as producing Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, for which he received a Best Picture nomination from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. From 2005-2009, he was the first President of Entertainment for B.E.T. Networks, creating some of the network’s highest rated shows during his tenure.
Hudlin’s prolific comics career includes a multi-year run on Marvel’s Black Panther, which became a successful animated series he wrote and executive produced. Hudlin recently relaunched Milestone Media, which is dedicated to rolling out new projects on multiple platforms as well as reviving some of the beloved properties from the Milestone universe that fans know and love.
In announcing the award, AAFCA president Gil Robertson praised Hudlin’s contributions to the industry:
AAFCA selected Reggie as the first recipient of the ‘Salute to Excellence Award’ because of his track record of excellence in the entertainment industry. As a creative force, he continues to provide a great example of advancement for the current and next generation of African Americans in the entertainment community.
Huge congratulations to Reginald Hudlin from all of us at CBLDF for this landmark achievement!