American Black Film Festival
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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.
Black Movie Screenings & 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. LisaRaye McCoy 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: Black Godfather
Netflix presented their incredible documentary, The Black Godfather and its upcoming film, BEATS, on Thursday night, followed by a private, star-studded soiree where guests dined on a gorgeous sushi spread and danced the night away.
TheGrio’s Cortney Wills moderated an intimate conversation with The Chi star, Jacob Latimore and discussed the award-winning series, mastering your craft, and pursuing your passions.
Meanwhile, Detroit heroine Jemele Hill, Lala Anthony, Iyanla Vanzant, Tracy Oliver, and BET EVP, Connie Orlando shared words of wisdom about gender inequity in Tinseltown at the “About Women” panel. Next, POWER stars, Omari Hardwick, Lala Anthony, and Larenz Tate hit the stage to discuss their hit series at the “Dream in Black” panel. The night concluded with the world premiere of OWN’s sexy new series Ambitions, starring Robin Givens and Essence Atkins, followed by a Q&A with the whole cast and the show’s creator, Jamey Giddens, moderated by TheGrio.
The 5-day festival was a huge success, don’t miss next years event. Visit the official ABFF website for details.
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