FAMU Alumna Honored as 2024 Legendary Superstar

February 15, 2024
Anika Noni Rose
FAMU Alumna Honored as 2024 Legendary Superstar

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Florida A&M University grad and award-winning film, screen, and stage actress Anika Noni Rose will be honored as the 2024 Legendary Superstar in Atlanta’s historic Rialto Center for the Arts on March 2, 2024. 

BronzeLens Women SuperStars Honors launches the festival’s Fifteenth Anniversary by celebrating the accomplishments of women of color who work in the entertainment industry in front of and behind the lens.

Rose obtained her bachelors degree in theatre from Florida A&M University in 1994. Rose starred as ‘Lorell Robinson’ in Dreamgirls and voiced ‘Princess Tiana’ in Disney’s The Princess and The Frog as the first ‘African American Disney ‘Princess.’ The film received three Oscar nominations and Rose became the youngest inductee to ever be honored as a Disney Legend. 

Rose most recently headlined Showtime series, Let The Right One In, and Netflix’s most-watched limited series to date, Maid. Among her other film credits are For Colored GirlsHalf of A Yellow SunEverything, Everything; and Assassination Nation. Additional television credits include Them, Little Fires Everywhere, The Quad, Power, The Good Wife, The Simpsons, the miniseries Roots, and The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency for HBO.

Another FAMU alumna and leading actress, KJ Smith (Andi Barnes on Tyler Perry’s BET Networks Sistas, Palomar in Power Book III: Raising Kanan on STARZ, Issa Rae’s GiantsThe Available Wife, Netflix’s Fatal Affair, Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral), is the 2024 Emerging BronzeLens Women SuperStar.


Photo by Essence; Leigh Keily

Photo by Essence; Leigh Keily

Dr. Holly Carter is the Behind the Lens SuperStar. Carter is President and CEO of Relevé Entertainment, a premier management, development, and production company for faith-inspired family content, artists, and brands. A Mother’s IntuitionKingdom BusinessSong and Story: Amazing GraceThe Clark Sisters: First Ladies of GospelRevival, and Fix My Choir, are part of her vast array of production credits which she has served as producer and executive producer.

Producer, Director, Animator, Writer, and 2018 BronzeLens Women SuperStar Ayoka Chenzira will moderate a panel ‘In Conversation’ with all the 2024 honorees. Actor Timon Kyle Durrett is the host for the 2024 BronzeLens Women SuperStar Honors and Atlanta’s historic Rialto Center for the Arts is the event venue location. For more information regarding the BronzeLens Film Festival, visit www.bronzelens.com.