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Phylicia Rashad to receive Pan African film fest award

February 10, 2011 |  2:00 pm

The Tony Award-winning and Emmy-nominated actress Phylicia Rashad, who is best known as Claire Huxtable on the classic "The Cosby Show," will be honored at the Pan African Film Festival with its highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award, for her stage, TV and film work.

Rashad will receive her award during the Night of Tribute on Feb. 17 at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles.

Other honorees include:

Lifetime Achievement Award: Hope Foyle

Beah Richards Rising Star Award: Tessa Thompson

Canada Lee Award: Lamman Rucker

Community Leadership Award: L.A. City Councilwoman Jan Perry

The Africa Channel's Creative Achievement Award: Hlomla Dandala

The Africa Channel's Literary Achievement Award: Ngugi wa Thiong'o

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— Susan King

Photo: Lifetime Achievement winner Phylicia Rashad in "For Colored Girls." Credit: Quantrell Colbert/Lionsgate.