Thursday, August 18, 2022

The 2018 American Black Film Festival Honors Celebrate DuVernay, Haddish, Williams & Hardwick

Ava DuVernay speaks onstage at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Grants Banquet at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on August 2, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California.
Ava DuVernay speaks onstage at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Grants Banquet at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on August 2, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California.

*If you haven’t heard, ABFF (American Black Film Festival) Ventures will host its 2018 ABFF Honors ceremony on February 25th at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.

Comedian and actor Cedric the Entertainer will host the star-studded event. Honorees include Director Ava Duvernay, Actor Omari Hardwick, legendary actor Billy Dee Williams and comedian Tiffany Haddish.

Omari Hardwick of Starz’ ‘Power’

WHO: Confirmed attendees include Jay Ellis, Snoop Dogg, Tracee Ellis Ross, Anthony Anderson, Jordan Peele, Regina Hall, John Singleton, Issa Rae, Lena Waithe, Yvonne Orji, Martin Lawrence, Kenya Barris, ABFF Ventures Founder Jeff Friday, Armie Hammer, Vivica A. Fox, Kofi Siriboe, Omar Epps, Tichina Arnold, Verdine White, Carl Anthony Payne II, Charlie Wilson, Adam Blackstone, Bill Bellamy, Chris Spencer, Tank, Shakim Compere, Bill Duke, Brian Dobbins, Ed Gordon, Debra Lee, Terrell Suggs, Laz Alonso, DeWanda Wise, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Charles King, Cory Hardrict, Louis Gossett, Jr., Kenny Lattimore, Bianca Lawson, Tina Lifford, Elise Neal, Stan Lathan, Datari Turner, Salli Richardson Whitfield, Andre Royo, Janine Sherman Barrois, Keesha Sharp, Jacob Latimore, Will Packer, Tim Story, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Dionne Farris, Roger Bobb, Guordan Banks, Iyanla Vanzant, Prentice Penny, Dondre Whitfield, Malinda Williams, Lyriq Bent, Cleo Anthony, Algee Smith, Ashley Blaine Featherson, Betty Gabriel, Jeff Augustine, Lyndon Barrois, Janine Sherman Barrois, Maisha Closson, Lil Rel Howery, Larenz Tate, LisaRaye McCoy, John Singleton, Vanessa Williams, Doug E. Fresh, Bevy Smith, David E. Talbert, Ruth E. Carter, Phil Lamarr, JB Smoove, Larenz Tate, Nia Long, Tasha Smith and more.

Billy Dee Williams
Billy Dee Williams

WHAT: ABFF Honors celebrates individuals of African descent who have made distinguished contributions to American culture through their work, and salutes the year’s best movies and television shows. ABFF Honors, which stems from the American Black Film Festival, was created by Jeff Friday, to promote camaraderie amongst multicultural artists in Hollywood.

tiffany haddish - red
Tiffany Haddish

WHEN: Sunday, February 25, 2018

Red Carpet:                         4:45pm-5:45pm

Cocktails:                             5pm – 6pm

Dinner:                                 6:30pm

Pre-Show & Awards:           7pm


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The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) is an annual event dedicated to showcasing quality film and television content by and about people of African descent. The festival is committed to the belief that Black artists and content creators deserve the same opportunities as their mainstream counterparts. ABFF founder Jeff Friday conceived the festival in 1997 as a vehicle to promote diversity in the motion picture industry, and strengthen the Black filmmaking community through resource sharing, education, artistic collaboration and career development. For more than two decades, the ABFF has been the standard-bearer of excellence in independent Black cinema, having premiered the works and supported the careers of many of today’s most successful artists, including Ryan Coogler (Black Panther), Anthony Anderson (Blackish), Will Packer (Girls Trip), Issa Rae (Insecure), Omari Hardwick (Power) and Raoul Peck (I Am Not Your Negro). Today, it is the preeminent pipeline for Black talent, in front of and behind the camera, significantly expanding the range of talent in the entertainment industry at large. The ABFF is a property of ABFF Ventures LLC, a multifaceted entertainment company specializing in the production of live events, television and digital content, targeted to upscale African American audiences. The company is a joint venture between Film Life Inc. and Black Enterprise, two prominent media and event companies, each with legacies of showcasing the best of African American culture and achievement.



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