AAFCA (African American Film Critics Association) is bringing the magic of Motown films to the small screen. The organization continues its partnership with Turner Classic Movies (TCM) with AAFCA Presents: Motown Productions.

Starting tonight, AAFCA member Christopher Witherspoon joins TCM host Alicia Malone to screen and discuss the classic Motown films The Last Dragon, Lady Sings The Blues and Mahogany.  

“We are thrilled to extend our relationship with Turner Classic Movies showcasing the cinematic universe of Motown,” said AAFCA President & CEO, Gil Robertson.

“Motown chairman Berry Gordy is a visionary known for creating the soundtrack to American life, but his cinematic contributions are largely unsung, and they shouldn’t be. Fueled by Gordy’s creative genius and bold vision, Motown Productions offered the world a chance to see images of Black life that had never been seen before: a Black Kung Fu master, a Black female model and designer and a timeless biopic of the legendary Billie Holiday that earned Diana Ross an Oscar nomination. It’s just incredible.”

Charles Tabesh, Senior VP of Programming & Production at TCM weighed in on the news as well.

“TCM’s mission is to showcase films with context and curation, and we are so pleased the experts at AAFCA are joining us again this year to highlight the importance and originality of Motown Productions, the extension of Gordon’s Motown Records music label,” he said in a statement. “We are proud that this partnership will continue to bring both important programming and a critical perspective to our audiences.”

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