Entertainment industry insiders as well as corporate and community leaders will come together Friday October 24, 2014 to celebrate and pay tribute to BronzeLens Women SuperStars. This highly anticipated luncheon will be held at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel. Awards will be given to women of color in the film and television industry for their accomplishments and body of work in front and behind the lens.
2014 BronzeLens Legendary SuperStar Award will be granted posthumously to Ms Ruby Dee, the late actress and activist. Actor, cinematographer Muta’Ali Muhammed who is writer/director of Life Essentials With Ruby Dee and Dee’s grandson will receive the award on behalf of the family. Ruby Dee’s acting career spanned seven decades crossing all forms of media, and included appearances on Broadway, roles in the American Shakespeare Festival, as the first black actress to portray a lead role in the Festival, and onscreen roles in Raisin in the Sun, The Jackie Robinson Story, television series The Golden Girls, the mini-series Roots: The Next Generations and Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing.
Atlanta native Logan Browning will receive the 2014 BronzeLens Rising SuperStar at this year’s Luncheon. Browning has had a prolific career as an actress over the last 11 years. Past roles include recurring characters on The WB’s Summerland and Nickelodeon’s Ned’s Declassified, Sasha in the 2007 film Bratz: The Movie, Brianna in Tyler Perry’s television series Meet The Browns, roles on Pair of Kings, The Secret Circle, and independent films, When The Bough Breaks and Brotherly Love. For the last two years, Browning has played Jelena Howard in the VH-1 series, Hit The Floor.
Constance Orlando is the 2014 BronzeLens Behind The Lens SuperStar. As Vice President of Original Programming at Black Entertainment Television (BET), and in her seven-year history with the network, she created content for a broader African-American audience. Production credits include A Conversation with the Queen: The Queen Latifah Special, Film Meets Fashion, Harlem Heights, Monica: Still Standing, The Mo’Nique Show, The Steve Harvey Project and Sunday Best. She has also helped launch Let’s Stay Together and brought the popular television series The Game to BET. Orlando served as Executive Producer for the network premiere of Black Girls Rock in 2011 and the subsequent televised awards, including this season’s event which is in pre-production.
2014 BronzeLens Visionary SuperStar is Erica Qualls. As General Manager for the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Georgia’s largest hotel, Ms Qualls has supported Georgia’s growing film industry by facilitating the Marriott Marquis’s role as a central location hosting scenes in blockbuster films from FLIGHT to HUNGER GAMES. This relationship between Qualls, the Marriott Marquis and the film and television industry goes back more than a decade, with Qualls and the Marriott Marquis serving as longtime supporters of African American Women Filmmakers.
Essence Atkins is the 2014 BronzeLens Vanguard SuperStar. With a career reaching back to the mid-90s, Atkins has been a regular in five on-air series and numerous movie roles. Roles include Yvette Henderson on Disney’s syndicated hit Smart Guy, Suzanne on Are We There Yet?, DeeDee Throne in Half and Half as well as repeating roles on Malibu Shores and one season on the critically acclaimed Under One Roof with Joe Morton and James Earl Jones. Her movie roles have included A Haunted House I and II, Nikita’s Blues, Deliver Us From Eva and Preacher’s Kid.
Wendy Raquel Robinson is the 2014 BronzeLens Legendary SuperStar. A Howard University Alumna who graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in drama, Robinson’s most famous roles were as high school principal Regina Grier on the The WB sitcom The Steve Harvey Show (1996-2002), and as sports agent Tasha Mack on the The CW/BET comedy series The Game. She made appearances on favorites including Martin, where she made her acting debut, The Parkers, All of Us and The Adventures of Old Christine. Film credits include roles in The Walking Dead, A Thin Line Between Love and Hate, Ringmaster, and Rebound.
Mistress of Ceremonies for this groundbreaking event will be Atlanta broadcast legend and award-winning journalist Monica Pearson. The luncheon will be held on Friday from noon until 2 o’clock pm, October 24, 2014, at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Atrium Ballroom, 265 Peachtree Center Avenue, Atlanta, GA. For more information regarding the BronzeLens Film Festival and the Women Superstars Luncheon tickets visit www.bronzelens.com.