Tanya Kersey, Hollywood Black Film Festival Founder, Dies at 61

Tanya Kersey, pioneer behind the Hollywood Black Film Festival, has died at 61

Kersey kicked the bucket Monday of heart failure at a clinic in Rancho Cucamonga, California, her little girl Monique told The Hollywood Reporter. She had confronted various medical problems throughout the long term.

Kersey sent off the Hollywood Black Film Festival in 1998. The occasion, which observes Black film by uniting laid out gifts and promising non mainstream creatives, got some forward momentum in media outlets and was named the “Dark Sundance” in its initial years. The HBFF has screened in excess of 1,000 autonomous movies from the U.S. furthermore, 25 different nations.

The celebration turned into a critical occasion for Hollywood’s Black people group, and remarkable participants included Sidney Poitier, Forest Whitaker, John Singleton, Tim Story, Malcolm Lee, Bill Duke, Devon Franklin, George Tillman, Ice-T, Blair Underwood, Sanaa Lathan, Loretta Devine, Debra Martin Chase and Antwone Fisher.

Brought into the world in New York City on March 22, 1961, Kersey went to Douglass College at Rutgers University in the mid 1980s, graduating with a degree in social science and political theory. She had displayed since the beginning and kept on doing as such after school as she progressed to a lifelong in acting.

Moving to Hollywood, Kersey landed piece parts on the dramas All My Children, Search for Tomorrow and Guiding Light, then distributed the 1991 book Black State of the Arts: A Guide to Developing a Successful Career as a Black Performing Artist. The book, which offered direction to Black creatives on the most proficient method to break into media outlets, demonstrated well known and saw Kersey move into article work.

In 1994, she laid out the diversion exchange distribution Black Talent News, which turned into a fundamental wellspring of data for performers. It finished its gone around 2008.

Monique said she and her sister, Brittany, are wanting to resuscitate the Hollywood Black Film Festival one year from now. It has not been held beginning around 2018.

Survivors additionally incorporate her grandsons, Dewayne and Datari, and her sister, Lisa. A GoFundMe page has been gotten up in a position assist her family with costs.

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