Kravis Center African American Film Festival featured “Sparkle”

Throughout Black History Month, The Kravis Center hosts its Annual African American Film Festival at The Rinker Playhouse.

Last night the packed house was treated to a CLASSIC. Inspired from the Supremes, Sparkle is set in 1950s Harlem, NY. The story of 3 musically gifted sisters. Sparkle (Irene Cara), Sister (Lonette McKee) and Dolores (Dwan Smith) become a Nite Club hit but not without a price to pay.

William “Bill” Nix, Founder of Nix Communication Group, began the evening with an engaging introduction to the film and hosted a question-and-answer session afterward.

James Drayton,  Founded the Annual African-American film festival. Mr. Drayton was previously the owner of the African-American heritage bookstore in West Palm Beach. For years, he had dreamed of presenting a festival of films that featured black actors and black directors conveying the black experience.

This year‘s film festival is dedicated to AnEta Sewell who hosted the series since 2009. An Emmy award winner, she was the first African-American to anchor and to report the news in West Palm Beach/ Treasure Coast area and spent 20 years working in television. Her presence wise and will be forever missed.

Next week, February 18th, feature film will be “The Long Walk Home”~mb



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