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Thursday, August 21, 2008


The Urbanworld Film Festival, presented by BET Networks, announced that Academy Award-nominated actress Queen Latifah will serve as Honorary Chair of this year's festival.

Dedicated to the exhibition of independent and mainstream cinema by and about people of color, Urbanworld also announced it will screen 85 films at this year's festival in New York City from Sept. 10-14. All festival screenings will be held at the AMC Loews 34th Street Theaters.

The 2008 slate will culminate in the special closing night screening of "The Secret Life of Bees," followed by a Q&A with talent from the film including Queen Latifah, Sophie Okonedo ("Hotel Rwanda"), and screenwriter/director Gina Prince-Bythewood ("Love & Basketball").

"I am thrilled to be the honorary chair of the Urbanworld Film Festival this year," said Queen Latifah. "It is an important and exciting festival and the perfect place to showcase my new film The Secret Life of Bees."

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