Hip-Hop Films Earn Spotlight at AAFCA Awards

'Boyz N the Hood' (1991)

John Singleton's directorial debut chronicles the story of childhood friends -- played by Ice Cube, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Morris Chestnut -- who grow up within the strong drug and gang culture in South Central Los Angeles.

The awards ceremony will celebrate the 25th anniversary of 'Boyz N the Hood' and 'New Jack City' with special performances.

The African American Film Critics Association announced it will commemorate films, actors and filmmakers that have portrayed hip-hop culture in an all-star tribute and concert during its 7th annual awards ceremony.

The tribute will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Boyz N the Hood — which starred Ice Cube and Cuba Gooding, Jr. — and New Jack City (Ice-T, Chris Rock, Wesley Snipes). Hood’s director, John Singleton, will also receive recognition for “consistent excellence in promoting the cinematic arts” in the AAFCA’s Special Achievement Awards alongside Jeff Clanagan (Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain), The New York Times critic Manohla Dargis, Plan B Entertainment (12 Years a Slave, Selma) and NBA star LeBron James. James, who appeared in the summer comedy hit Trainwreck alongside fellow NBA star Amar'e Stoudemire, signed a deal this past month with Warner Bros.

“[Hip-hop’s] impact on Hollywood has been a major game changer in front and behind the camera and at the box office,” said AAFCA President and Co-Founder Gil Robertson. The AAFCA’s announcement comes on the heels of the box office success of the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton, which opened to a big $60.2 million debut last weekend and is predicted to take in another $26 million in North America this weekend.

The awards ceremony will be held at the Taglyan Complex in Los Angeles on Feb. 10, 2016.