Aug 5

World Cafe Live

$25-$50 General Admission


2018 BlackStar Awards

The BlackStar Awards is a highly anticipated special event during the BlackStar Film Festival that also helps to raise money for the next festival!

Luke Carlos O’Reilly will once again direct an all-star bill of musical performances including: Joi, Lady Alma, Moor Mother, Natalie Imani! DJ Oluwafemi will hold down turntables for the evening.

The evening will be hosted by Ayesha Jordan and Al Butler.

The 2018 Luminary Award Recipient will be announced soon.

Dress code: cocktail attire

A limited number of early bird tickets for $25 will be available until July 20 at 11:59pm. Regular admission tickets will be on sale for $40 through August 1. From August 2-5 tickets will be sold online, onsite at the festival, and at the door at World Cafe Live (pending availability) for $50.

Featured Artists


Al Butler

Albert Butler is a media consultant advising on all things broadcast from coaching and strategy to podcasting 101. A Philly native and 20 year media veteran with a wealth of experience that cuts across a myriad of creative professions, heard on radio, seen on TV, read in print – Albert Butler is best known for his 14 years as a talk radio host at 1340am WHAT and 900am WURD – working alongside radio legends Mary Mason, Reggie Bryant and Johnny Sample. Al B! covered a wide variety of subjects, but had a strong focus on issues of injustice and police brutality. As a freelance writer, his pieces have appeared in,, The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Weekly. He has also been a frequent guest on Fox29’s Good Day Philadelphia and has made appearances on NPR and HuffPost LIVE. Albert served as the Communications Director for the Anthony H. Williams for Mayor Campaign. Albert is a 1995 graduate of Hampton University and served as his alma mater’s first Women’s Sports Information Director.


Ayesha Jordan

Ayesha Jordan is a New York City-based multidisciplinary performer and creator.  She and her collaborator, Charlotte Brathwaite, created Shasta Geaux Pop, an energetic and sexy southern icon that s naughty topics like sex while paying sonic homage to the 80s and 90s classic era of Hip-Hop. Ayesha was part of the Broadway production of Eclipsed at The John Golden Theatre and returned to her role of “The Girl” at The Curran in San Francisco, March 2017. She was also in the dance theater company Cakeface’s production of Stairway to Stardom. In 2015 she created Come See My Double D’s at JACK (NY). She has performed abroad in Amsterdam, France, Belgium, Germany, Poland, and Japan. Other projects created and developed by Ayesha include Enter & Exit: Family Reunion, Enter & Exit: Playing House, Inter 1-to-1, video project Living Room Dance Breaks, and a plethora of videos featuring Ayesha’s “friends and family”.



Born and raised in Tennessee, Joi became synonymous with the burgeoning Atlanta scene in the early nineties. Backed by alternative luminaries Fishbone, she unleashed the oft-bootlegged Amoeba Cleansing Syndrome in 1997 followed by the epic 2002 offering Star Kitty’s Revenge. The latter yielded immortal smashes such as “Lick,” “Techno Pimp,” and “Jefferson St. Joe”–which paid homage to dad Joe Gilliam (the NFL’s first black starting quarterback). Her music has been heard everywhere from Lifetime’s With This Ring and Love By The 10th Date to NETFLIX’s Dear White People. Flaunting the same fire, ferocity, and focus that made her a legend in the first place, 2018 remains ripe and ready for Joi’s return.


Lady Alma

Philadelphia songstress LADY ALMA, heralded worldwide as the heart and soul of city’s music scene, is bringing her soaring, searing vocals back to eager audiences hungry for those incomparable funk-house-soul stylings. Just ask your ears: If Alma Horton’s stellar entry onto tastemakers’ radar as part of Britt’s dope Sylk 130 collective – on the now-legendary late-‘90s When the Funk Hits the Fan album – wasn’t what lured you to her, which LADY ALMA jam was it among the 60-plus releases her choral magic has made richer, stronger, deeper? “Even if you’re into something completely different – punk, indie rock, bluegrass – you won’t be able to resist the Power of the Pipes: [LADY ALMA] just blows you away,” opines Philadelphia Weekly.


Luke Carlos O’Reilly

Luke Carlos O’Reilly has always had a passion for music. Through years of practicing and support from his family, Luke became well known on the music scene in the Boston area, where he spent most of his childhood. In 2011, Luke independently released his debut solo album, ‘Living In The Now’. Playing with Luke on the album are several of Philadelphia and Brazils finest musicians. At the end of 2013, Luke released his second independent album, ‘3 Suites’. At this time, Luke can be found traveling up and down the east coast playing with other artists as well as playing with his own groups. He plans to continue writing, performing and recording, and hopes to be able to further his work as an educator.



Moor Mother

Blending spoken word, jazz rhythms, harsh dissonance, and an almost industrial rawness, Moor Mother’s focus on beats and textures, brought her socially conscious lyrics to life. Her debut EP, Alpha Serpentis, was released at the end of 2012. In the ensuing years — in addition to co-founding the Rockers! Philadelphia series with the AfroFuturist Affair’s Rasheedah Phillips and the Black Quantum Futurism Collective — she would release dozens more. Her LP Fetish Bones (Don Giovanni Records) was issued in 2016. Focusing on historical trauma and the black experience, she has utilized Afrocentric tribal beats and abrasive, unsettling textures, resulting in a cathartic expression of pain and bloodletting.


Natalie Imani

Natalie Imani has had the opportunity to perform and travel the world with some of the music industry’s greatest talents such as Jazmine Sullivan, Lauryn Hill, Cardi B and John Legend, just to name a few. She has been all around the world performing in the US, UK, Australia, Japan, Europe, Africa, etc. performing for hundreds of thousands of people. You may have also seen Natalie in the award-winning movie LaLa Land as a background vocalist for Ryan Gosling and John Legend. While she has done a lot of work as a background vocalist, Natalie Imani has a unique voice of her own, with original songs like “Let’s Get Back to Love”, that shares a message of love and hope. Natalie wants to continue to spread this message and also looks forward to the release of her new music coming this Summer 2018.



Oluwafemi is a deejay, music producer and visual artist based in Philadelphia, by way of Central New Jersey, by way of Lagos, Nigeria. He is inspired by drums and patterns, and the rhythmic evolution of repetition. For over a decade, he has enjoyed mixing songs of drum influenced genres – the family of funk, hip-hop, soul, reggae, dancehall, house music, and their countless offshoots. Alongside DJ Ben Arsenal, he started Worldtown, the art collective that celebrates diversity with music and art. Worldtown has since grown to include its own festival, a smashing 8-piece live house music band, and a current monthly dance gathering called “Travel By Map”.