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Bill Duke to Receive Ja’Net DuBois Lifetime Achievement Award At PAFF

  • PublishedFebruary 13, 2024
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 18: Actor/director Bill Duke attends the “No Sudden Move” premiere during the 2021 Tribeca Festival at The Battery on June 18, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)

Los Angeles, CA – The Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF) is set to honor the accomplished actor, director, and humanitarian Bill Duke with the Ja’Net DuBois Lifetime Achievement Award during its Centerpiece event on Thu., Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Directors Guild of America. The event will feature the red carpet world premiere of the Ethiopian war film “For the Love of the Motherland.”

The 32nd Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF) made its return to Los Angeles February 6-19, 2024 at the Cinemark Baldwin Hills XD and Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza to present and showcase a broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images and help to destroy negative stereotypes of Africans and African-Americans. 

PAFF co-founder Ayuko Babu expressed his excitement about recognizing Bill Duke at the 2024 film festival.


“Presenting Bill Duke with the Ja’Net DuBois Lifetime Achievement Award is not just a celebration of his extraordinary career in film, but a recognition of his unwavering commitment to portraying diverse narratives and empowering marginalized voices.”

Black Hollywood is expected to gather at the Directors Guild of America, with red carpet arrivals starting at 5:30 p.m. The program is scheduled to commence at 7 p.m. For more details and ticket information, visit paff.org.

Formerly known as the Pan African Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award, the Ja’Net DuBois Lifetime Achievement Award holds immense significance within the Black entertainment industry. This award serves as a beacon of recognition for individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the arts, culture, and society at large.

Named in honor of the iconic actress, singer, and humanitarian, Ja’Net DuBois, it celebrates a lifetime of creativity, innovation, and dedication to one’s craft. Past recipients of the award include Beah Richards, Danny Glover, Melvin Van Peebles, and Alfre Woodard.

With over 40 years of experience in Hollywood, Bill Duke is a versatile figure known for his acting, directing, and producing. His extensive filmography includes iconic roles in “Predator,” “American Gigolo,” “Car Wash,” and “Menace II Society.”

Bill Duke’s contributions extend beyond the screen; he was the first Black director on numerous television shows, including “Falcon Crest,” “Dallas,” and “Miami Vice.” His directorial debut in 1991 with “A Rage in Harlem” earned global recognition at the Cannes Film Festival.

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In addition to his impactful career in the entertainment industry, Bill Duke is a dedicated humanitarian. He has been recognized by prestigious leaders and institutions, including appointments by President Bill Clinton and Former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

For more information on Bill Duke and his contributions, visit billduke.com.

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