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Celebrity Photographer, Bill Jones, Talks Tavis Smiley Through 40 Years of Black Hollywood History

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After spending the past 40 years capturing still images of Hollywood’s Black Elite from behind the lens of his beloved Canon, celebrity photographer, Bill Jones, appears in front of the camera on “The Tavis Smiley Show,” which will air Tuesday, November 23rd at 11 p.m. on KCET, Channel 28.

Throughout his long and illustrious career, Bill Jones has documented Black Hollywood history by taking hundreds of thousands of photos of America’s foremost black entertainers, entrepreneurs, athletes and political figures, and placing them prominently in prestigious national magazines like Ebony and Jet. Many of his favored subjects, like Halle Berry, Denzel Washington, Eddie Murphy, Bill Cosby, Magic Johnson, Berry Gordy and Quincy Jones, credit Bill with photographing the most important moments in their lives. Some of those celebrities are scheduled to call and talk with him live on the air when Bill tapes his November 23rd interview.

After decades of maintaining his anonymity in a town of the rich and famous, Bill is being celebrated for his own good works. He is currently the subject of filmmaker Aaron Baldwin’s feature documentary, Hollywood in Black: Through the Lens of Bill Jones, which is scheduled to open the annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival on February 12, 2005 at the Magic Johnson Theatre in Los Angeles. That same evening, the Festival will honor Bill with its 2005 PAFF Pioneers Award, publicly acknowledging him for his lifetime achievements and the positive influence he has projected within the Black community.

Baldwin recently published a collection of Bill’s greatest celebrity photos in a book entitled, Hollywood in Black: 40 Years of Photography by Bill Jones, Volume One. As an additional tribute to Bill, Baldwin has launched the nonprofit Bill Jones Charitable Organization, to provide a college education and a brighter future for Inner City high school students.

To find out more about Bill Jones and Hollywood in Black, visit the website at http://www.HollywoodinBlack.com

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