The American Black Film Festival is going down in Miami and TheGrio is front and center for all the festivities. Tons of famous faces headed down to the beach this week to mix and mingle with fans, creatives, and journalists as they premiered their projects and participated in panels about navigating the entertainment industry. ABFF welcomed stars like Omari Hardwick, Anthony Anderson, Marsai Martin, Robin Givens, Jemele Hill, Larenz Tate, Jacob Latimore, and more. ABFF kicked off with the world premiere of Shaft, starring Samuel L. Jackson, Richard Roundtree, and Jessie T. Usher on Wednesday evening. The next day was filled with tons of screenings, master classes, and panels including a conversation with LisaRaye McCoy, who sat down with TheGrio’s Entertainment Director, Cortney Wills at the Capital One Cafe to discuss everything from Black beauty standards to fighting fear to pursue your dreams. Netflix presented their incredible documentary, The Black Godfather while TVOne treated..
Tiffany Haddish wants to be sure the women who have made us laugh are not forgotten. Her new project, she tells The Hollywood Reporter during the magazine’s Comedy Actress Roundtable, will be a show that highlights and pays tribute to female comedians. “I haven’t seen a show that’s dealing with female comedies,” she said, noting that female comedians have to navigate “in a man’s world.” READ MORE: Tiffany Haddish set to host ABC’s revival of ‘Kids Say The Darnedest Things’ “It’s such a boys’ club, and really doing stand-up, like, for real female stand-up comics, and how difficult it is, and how you have to kind of fight your way into that boys’ club and be, like, ‘Yo, I’m just as funny as you. I can be up here just as long as you. I can pack out this theater just as much as you can pack out this —’ Sorry, I’m getting passionate about it.” Haddish, who co-stars with Tracy Morgan on TBS’ The Last O.G. also added that a part of her dating life would also be seen in the new project. “..
Byron Allen reveals why his award from LA Urban League is especially personal during inspiring acceptance speech
Byron Allen, founder/chairman/CEO of Entertainment Studios, was honored with the 2019 Whitney M. Young, Jr., Award at the 46th annual Los Angeles Urban League Awards dinner in Hollywood on Thursday night. “We are incredibly grateful to this year’s honorees and extremely proud to have Byron Allenaccept this year’s Whitney M. Young, Jr., Award,” said Michael Lawson, president and CEO of the Los Angeles Urban League. “Byron Allen exemplifies excellence and this award is just a small token recognizing his success as well as our appreciation for his generous support of our mission and our communities.” The founder/chairman, and CEO of Entertainment Studios delivered an inspiring acceptance speech at the dinner attended by several familiar faces including celebrities, activists, and Congresswoman Maxine Waters. Byron Allen explained that this award was particularly personal because the Los Angeles Urban League helped his mother get her first job when they moved from Detroit to LA in 1968..