The 53rd Chicago Film International Film Festival honors award-winning actress Alfre Woodard for her wonderful repertoire of work. The special presentation was hosted by Black Perspectives and included a special one-on-one discussion with Woodard on her journey as one of Hollywood’s highly esteemed actresses. Fellow colleagues and friends came out to honor her which included Empire co-star, Jussie Smollett and Golden Globe award-winning actress, Regina Taylor.

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1. The 53rd Chicago International Film Festival Honors Alfre Woodard

The 53rd Chicago International Film Festival Honors Alfre Woodard

l-r: Jussie Smollett, Alfre Woodard and Regina Taylor on the red carpet.

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2. The 53rd Chicago International Film Festival Honors Alfre Woodard

The 53rd Chicago International Film Festival Honors Alfre Woodard

Friend and actor, Jussie Smollett greets Alfre Woodard.

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3. The 53rd Chicago International Film Festival Honors Alfre Woodard

The 53rd Chicago International Film Festival Honors Alfre Woodard

Actress Regina Taylor on the red carpet.

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4. The 53rd Chicago International Film Festival Honors Alfre Woodard

The 53rd Chicago International Film Festival Honors Alfre Woodard

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5. The 53rd Chicago International Film Festival Honors Alfre Woodard

The 53rd Chicago International Film Festival Honors Alfre Woodard

Attorney Randy Crumpton and Alfre Woodard

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6. The 53rd Chicago International Film Festival Honors Alfre Woodard

The 53rd Chicago International Film Festival Honors Alfre Woodard

Alfre Woodard is honored by the Chicago Film Festival.

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7. The 53rd Chicago International Film Festival Honors Alfre Woodard

The 53rd Chicago International Film Festival Honors Alfre Woodard

Alfre Woodard and Jussie Smollett greets Chicago’s press.

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8. The 53rd Chicago International Film Festival Honors Alfre Woodard

The 53rd Chicago International Film Festival Honors Alfre Woodard

Jussie Smollett greets four-year old Symone on the red carpet.

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