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Spelman College Commencement

2024 Commencement Speaker

Angela Bassett

Angela Bassett - Headshot Cropped Photo by DAndre MichaelAngela Bassett, an Honorary Oscar recipient, award-winning actress, director, and executive producer known for captivating performances in iconic films such as Malcolm X, Waiting to Exhale, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Black Panther, Mission Impossible: Fallout, and of course, What’s Love Got to Do With It, for which she received an Academy Award nomination.

Bassett returned as the beloved Queen Ramonda in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, receiving Golden Globe and Critics Choice awards, with Academy Award, SAG and BAFTA nominations, as well as the Variety Creative Impact in Acting Award.

She is also the star and executive producer of the ABC/Disney hit drama 9-1-1, the recently released Netflix Originals blockbuster feature film Damsel, opposite Millie Bobby Brown, and is narrator of the critically acclaimed NatGeo limited series QUEENS.

Bassett was named one of the Time 100 and Time Women of the Year in 2023, has earned multiple EMMY nominations and is the recipient of a SAG Award, 16 NAACP Image Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, the Black Girls Rock! Icon Award, Critics Choice Celebration of Black Cinema & Television Career Achievement Award, an AAFCA TV Honor, and Glamour’s Women of the Year Award. She was nominated for a Directors Guild of America Award for her directorial debut of the Whitney Houston biopic Whitney.

Courtney and Angela’s Bassett Vance Productions is in partnership with MTVE Studios to create diverse and inclusive content for Paramount Global. Their first project, One Thousand Years of Slavery, aired in February 2022 on the Smithsonian Channel, and Heist 88, a feature film starring Vance, which aired on Showtime Networks in Fall 2023. The film received three NAACP Image Award nominations, winning one for Outstanding Writing.

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