*Black Hollywood did not disappoint at the Beverly Hilton Sunday night (02-25-18) in Beverly Hills for the second annual “ABFF Honors.” This night for sure belonged to Billy Dee Williams, Ava Duvernay, Tiffany Haddish and Omari Hardwick as they were honoree recipients.
The cast of “Martin” also graced us with their presence as they prepared to receive the classic television award. So many stars were on the gold carpet and we were thrilled to talk to them. The unofficial theme of the night: Black Excellence. That feeling was elevated by the current “Black Panther” high that we are all still on.
The gold carpet was full of flair and beauty with most celebrities choosing brighter attire thanks to the inspiration of Wakanda. Nominees from the event included BET’s “The Quad,” OWN’s “Queen Sugar,” HBO’s “Insecure,” “Black-ish,” “Claws,” “Atlanta,” “Power” and more.
The stars were feeling pretty emotional this night. Comedian Lil Rel, who is gearing up for his self-titled sitcom offers “God gives you dreams early and it is up to you to believe in your dreams and keep pushing.”
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Angela Basset who is still gleaming from her iconic role in “Black Panther” recalls the moment she knew she wanted to be an actress:
“When I saw James Earl Jones the first time, I said Oh my gosh, If I can make people feel the way he’s making me feel right now, that’s magic.”
Cole Anthony Payne credits, “not being afraid to take risks” as the reason for TV show, “Martin’s” success. And info on the reboot… well, we have to stay tuned for that.
And we can’t forget Lisa Rae McCoy, who still wears her all white, even with grandbaby in tow.
Cedric the Entertainer hosted the event produced by BET and Charlie Wilson was the special performer.
It’s no surprise that the category for Best Comedy was going to be difficult. So difficult that both “Black- ish” and “Insecure” won. The outstanding dramatic television award went to the wonderful cast and crew of “Queen Sugar” while “Get Out” received the coveted Movie of the Year award.