* New York City, NY- Lauded as the largest black film festival in the country, the 19th annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF) has gotten off to an incredible start by having academy award nominee actress Taraji P. Henson as the 2015 ABFF Ambassador.
One of the highlights of this year’s festival was A Conversation with Taraji P. Henson moderated by Gayle King. During the dialogue, Taraji talked to Gayle about the many facets of the industry and her rise to stardom, inclusive of her pre Hollywood college days, raising a male child as a single mom, her tenacity to succeed in the industry, and of course, her role as “Cookie” on the highly rated Fox television network show, “Empire.”
From discussing dating and searching for Mr. Right to her many acting accolades and everything in between, Taraji gave the festival attendees a candid look into her life and the many roles she juggles.
The ABFF is a four day event founded by Mr. Jeff Friday (Film Life, Inc.) which highlights films created by and for minorities. The festival is the culmination of many hard working individuals who believe in the power of art and creativity through film, as evidenced by the festival’s screenings in the narratives, documentaries, shorts, spotlight, and webisode sections.
Story/photos by Madge Evans, Atlanta based EURweb associate