Master P To Receive Award At Film Festival

Entertainment mogul Master P will be honored for his contributions to black cinema during the Acapulco Black Film Festival, being held in the Mexican resort town on June 5-10.

The annual, week-long convention of the leading black filmmakers, directors, actors, and executives will culminate in the Black Film Awards Show on June 10. Robert Townshend will host the event, which will feature the presentation of both the Black Star Awards, honoring personalities and creators, and the Black Film Awards, honoring the movies in competition at the festival.

Master P, who has produced five films over the last four years, including 1999's "Foolish" and 1998's "I Got The Hook-Up" as well as the straight-to-video flicks "Da Game Of Life" and "I'm 'Bout It," will be honored with the "Film Entrepreneur" Black Star Award during the show.

Other announced winners of this year's Black Star Awards will be actress Nia Long, who will receive "Star Of The Year" for her work in such movies

as "In Too Deep," "The Best Man," "Stigmata," and "Boiler Room." Long also had a role in HBO's recent TV-film, "If These Walls Could Talk 2."

Director-producer-composer Melvin Van Peebles, the father of Mario Van Peebles, will receive the "Byron E. Lewis Trailblazer" Black Star Award at the festival in recognition of his 43-year career in films, which began in 1957 when he directed "Three Pickup Men for Herrick."

For more information about this year's Acapulco Black Film Festival, be sure to check out the event's official Web site at www.abff.com.