EMPIRE: Terrence Howard Receives aTVfest Spotlight Award

'Empire' star Terrence Howard receives Spotlight Award at SCAD's 3rd Annual aTVfest. Photo: Getty Images for SCAD

ATLANTA, GA – FEBRUARY 07: Actor Terrence Howard attends the Spotlight Award presentation during aTVfest presented by SCAD on February 7, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SCAD Atlanta)

‘Empire’ star Terrence Howard received the Spotlight Award and the students from “How To Get Away With Murder” received the Rising Star Award at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) 3rd annual aTVfest in Atlanta, Ga. this weekend. ‘Empire’ creator and executive producer Lee Daniels was also on hand for the award and a panel discussion about the hit television show.

Hosted by SCAD Atlanta, the day featured premiere screenings and panels covering iconic television comedies, dramas and animation features including FOX’s “Empire,” FOX’s “The Following,” HBO’s “Girls,” ABC’s “How To Get Away With Murder,” and FOX’s “The Mindy Project.”

 ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 07: Actors Jack Falahee, Aja Naomi King, Liza Weil, Charlie Weber, Karla Souza, Katie Findlay, and Matt McGorry attend SCAD Presents aTVfest - Awards Presentation & ABC's "How To Get Away With Murder" on February 7, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SCAD)

ATLANTA, GA – FEBRUARY 07: Actors Jack Falahee, Aja Naomi King, Liza Weil, Charlie Weber, Karla Souza, Katie Findlay, and Matt McGorry attend SCAD Atlanta Presents aTVfest – Awards Presentation & ABC’s “How To Get Away With Murder” on February 7, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SCAD)

The television festival also featured screenings of Academy Award winner John Ridley’s ABC drama ‘American Crime,’ and BET‘s highly-anticipated miniseries, ‘The Book of Negroes.’ Ridley and the cast of ‘American Crime’ were on hand for the panel as well as Aunjanue Ellis and Lyriq Bent, lead actors in ‘The Book of Negroes.’

The 2015 aTVfest took place at several SCAD Atlanta locations, including the SCADshow theater, the Digital Media Center and the main SCAD Atlanta campus.

For a complete list of programming, please visit: www.atvfest.com.

This post was written by Nsenga K. Burton, Ph.D. founder & editor-in-chief of the award-winning news site The Burton Wire. She also serves as editor-at-large for The Root and is a  contributor to The Huffington Post.

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