The African American Film Critics Association will hold its second annual AAFCA TV Honors virtually August 22. This year’s honorees include Viola Davis, Sterling K. Brown, Kenya Barris and television shows Insecure and For Life.

Hosted by comedian/actress Aida Rodriguez, the event will also honor Jeremy Pope and Laura Harrier, stars of Hollywood as this year’s Breakout Performers. Davis and Brown will be named this year’s Best Actress and Best Actor for How to Get Away with Murder and This Is Us. Barris will receive the ICON Award from #blackAF co-star Rashida Jones for his work in television, including creating #blackAF and the black-ish franchise.

Here’s a full list of this year’s honorees:

TV Icon –Kenya Barris

Inclusion Award –MACRO Television Studios

Best Actress –Viola Davis, How To Get Away With Murder (ABC)

Best Actor –Sterling K. Brown, This is Us (NBC)

Best DramaFor Life (ABC)

Best ComedyInsecure (HBO)

Best TV MovieThe Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel (Lifetime)

Breakout Performers –Jeremy Pope / Laura Harrier, Hollywood (Netflix)

Best YANever Have I Ever (Netflix)

Best AnimatedCentral Park (Apple TV+)

Best DocumentaryAtlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children (HBO) and The Last Dance (ESPN Films/Netflix)

Best Short FormI Promise (Quibi)

The event will also feature first responders, including firefighters and healthcare workers, and government leaders as several of its TV Honors presenters to honor their service during this unprecedented coronavirus pandemic. “As an organization, with a passion for community awareness and outreach, we could not ignore the heroic efforts of those in our larger community during this unprecedented time,” said AAFCA co-founder and president Gil Robertson in a statement. “This is just a small gesture to recognize them in some way and convey our tremendous gratitude.”

Robertson also spoke about the event at large. “In a time of such uncertainty, we have witnessed how powerful the medium of television and streaming is,” he said. “We couldn’t be more proud to honor shows and performances that uplift and inspire at a time when we all need entertainment the most. We are especially grateful to have partners like [financial firm] Morgan Stanely as well as the ongoing support of the entertainment community at large helping us with our year-round activities that highlight not only film, television and journalism, but also diversity, inclusion and equality.”



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