By: Nicole Little Bradley
The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) returned Sunday night (Feb. 25), for its 22nd edition of celebrating black excellence.
Presented by BET, industry visionaries, legends and rising stars like Ava DuVernay, Tiffany Haddish, Omari Hardwick and Billy Dee Williams walked away with awards.
Hennessy also helped with hosting the event with honorees like the cast of Insecure (Issa Rae, Jay Ellis and Yvonne Orji) Oscar nominee Jordan Peele and comedian Milton “Lil Rell” Howery. The brand blended their “Never Stop. Never Settle” mantra with the creatives for the classy event.
For those of you who may not know, the ABFF Honors is an annual award show saluting excellence in motion pictures and television. The event celebrates individuals of African descent who have made distinguished contributions to American culture through their work, as well as the year’s best movies and television shows.
Since its beginning in 1997, the outlet has been such a positive platform. The presence of filmmakers, producers, and actors like Ryan Coogler, Will Packer, Anthony Anderson and Issa Rae dubbed the showcase as the “pre-eminent pipeline for black talent.”
“Everything we do under the ABFF brand is really about our secret-coded mission: ‘We want black people to talk to each other so we can be powerful as a community,’” the film festival/award’s founder, Jeff Friday told Rolling Out. “We don’t complain about what the Oscars or what the Golden Globes is doing because we have our own.”