Acceptance Speech: DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)

SPEECH BY: Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson

FILM: "Summer of Soul.  The Revolution Could Not Be Televised. "

Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson: Oh, my God.  Thank you.  Hey, real quick, first I would like to acknowledge ATTICA, ASCENSION and FLEE and WRITING WITH FIRE for their powerful work.  It's not lost on me that the story of the Harlem Cultural Festival should have been something that my beautiful mother, my dad, should have taken me to when I was five years old, and this is such a stunning moment for me right now, but this is not about me.  This is about marginalized people in Harlem that needed to heal from pain.  Just know that in 2022 this is not just a 1969 story about marginalized people in Harlem.  This is a story of -- I'm sorry.  I'm just overwhelmed right now.  I'm gonna get myself together, and I'll thank everyone proper when I get off stage.  But on behalf of Hulu and Searchlight, and Onyx--the beautiful women of Onyx and Concordia and Play Action and Vulcan and Radical Media and on behalf of Joseph and -- I'm so happy right now.  I could cry.  Thank you. 

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