Black Women Animate, Cartoon Network Present 1st Black in Animation Awards.

Black Women Animate (BWA Studios) and Cartoon Network Studios have partnered to launch the inaugural Black in Animation Awards Show. This new initiative will honor Black people in animation who have and currently are paving the way for this sector of the entertainment industry. This awards show will be the closing event for the third annual BWA Studios Boot Camp training event on December 5th and 6th.

The show will be hosted by Grammy Award-winning artist Estelle. In addition, Estelle will perform the fan-favorite song True Kinda Love from Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe: The Movie, as sung by her character, Garnet. Attendees can watch the Black in Animation Awards Show virtually and can register to watch and participate in the BWA Studios Boot Camp.

The theme of this year’s event is “Honoring Our Stories.” The inaugural honorees include Vanessa Morrison, President of Streaming at Walt Disney Studios (Trailblazer Award); Bruce Smith, EP & Director at Disney Television Animation (Narrative Creator Award); Dr. Ayoka Chenzira, TV Director and Experimental Filmmaker (Cultural Innovator Award); Tina Obo, Director (Rising Star Award); Latoya Raveneau, Director at Disney Television Animation (NextGen Award); and Carole Holliday, Animator and Story Artist (Lifetime Achievement Award).

The third annual BWA Studios Boot Camp is a free, two-day virtual event that includes intensive workshops and insightful panels featuring industry experts and animation gurus from Cartoon Network Studios, Warner Bros. Animation, Nickelodeon, Disney, Inspire Justice, and 9 Story Media. The Boot Camp is produced by A Wynn Wynn Production. Cartoon Network Studios is a founding partner.

As well as voicing the character Garnet, Estelle has also voiced Sad Spoon from Crying Breakfast Friends! and a quarter of the voice of Obsidian in Steven Universe and Steven Universe Future.

Estelle hosts her own podcast title The Estelle Show on Apple Music Monday-Friday 3pm GMT.


For more information and to register to watch go to  www.bwabootcamp.com.