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ATLANTA (January 24, 2017) Last night, musical superstar and social critic/activist, Janelle Monáe and civil rights icon, Ambassador Andrew Young engaged with students, press and influencers at a private screening of the new James Baldwin documentary, I Am Not Your Negro, which was just recently NOMINATED for the Oscars !: http://variety.com/2016/film/news/oscars-2017-documentaries-oj-made-in-america-weiner-1201935061/ and recently nominated for a NAACP Image Award for “Best Documentary”: http://www.naacp.org/latest/naacp-image-award-nominations-announced.

Here is a special quote from Raoul Peck, director of I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO on today’s Academy Awards Documentary (Feature) nomination:

“I’m grateful and joyful to be nominated for I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO. All of our partners and the entire team are joining me to thank the Academy members who participated in the vote of this incredibly humbling nomination. We would like to thank especially the James Baldwin Estate and Gloria Karefa-Smart, James Baldwin’s sister. Baldwin had developed a clear narrative about America’s historical denial and irrational relationship with race and articulated it freely in the media during his lifetime. I ‘m not sure this kind of raw and profound expression would be tolerated today –even though it is more than ever necessary. I want to congratulate the other nominees who have made amazing films, most of whom are dear friends. Thank you.”

check out video clip from Ambassador Andrew Young

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