The festival was founded and is organized by local artist TRUE with the help of MoCADA Executive Director Laurie A. Cumbo. It has been produced in partnership with African Film Festival, Inc. since 2003, and has also collaborated with arts organizations such as DCTV, Red Clay Arts, Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival, Scenarios USA and others. It is funded, in part, by corporate sponsors, governmental agencies, and audience contributions. The festival is an extension of MoCADA’s public outreach programs, and strives to present films that further the museum’s mission, to “…give a more accurate portrayal of contributions to the historical, artistic and cultural landscape of the world by people of African descent.
The organizers also try to showcase local and independent filmmakers and films made by youth. Screenings are often preceded by live music and dance performances and workshops that are thematically linked to the night’s films. Selections have included: Amandla: A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony; The Boys of Baraka; Bronx Princess; Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed; Slingshot Hip Hop; and War/Dance. Each year, the festival ends with an interactive “Sing & Dance-Along” to The Wiz that features puppets, a costume contest, and a tribute to Michael Jackson and Lena Horne.Brooklyn Swirl, the frozen yogurt place on Marcus Garvey Boulevard). Kids answered such questions "What is the famous Bed-Stuy bed-and-breakfast on McDonough Street?" (Akwaaba - we have a friend in Oakland who stays there whenever she's in New York) - and "What does akwaaba mean?" (welcome, in Twi) and "Who is the director of Crooklyn?" (hint: initials are SL).