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American Black Film Festival and IMDb Presents New Digital Series – Hollywood Homecoming – Launching In February 2021

LOS ANGELES, CA (January 14, 2021) – American Black Film Festival (ABFF) announced a new series, Hollywood Homecoming, in collaboration with IMDb, the world’s most popular and authoritative source for information on movies, TV shows, and celebrities. The new series will bring together the director and cast and pay homage to iconic films that showcase Black humanity and provide balanced portrayals of the African American experience. Hollywood Homecoming will premiere during Black History Month, with the quintessential Black romantic comedy, The Best Man.

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**Tune In** The American Black Film Festival Presents “Remembering Chadwick Boseman Film Retrospective”

LOS ANGELES, CA (September 29, 2020) – In celebration of his inspiring career, The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) brings together Chadwick Boseman’s portrayal of three iconic African American heroes–Jackie Robinson in 42 (WarnerBros.), James Brown in Get On Up (Universal Pictures), and Thurgood Marshall in Marshall (Open Road Films)–for viewing in one place. “The Remembering Chadwick Boseman Film Retrospective” will be available on demand for free October 3 and 4 at www.abffplay.com.

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2020 American Black Film Festival Wraps with Celebration of Winning Films and Filmmakers via ‘The Best of The ABFF Awards’

LOS ANGELES, CA (August 31, 2020) – The 24th annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF), which took place August 21 – 30 virtually via the newly launched ABFF PLAY platform, wrapped ten days of festivities with ‘The Best of the ABFF Awards,’ hosted by Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker with a simulcast on IMDb (www.imdb.com). Presenters included: Lee Daniels (The United States vs. Billie Holiday), Laz Alonso (The Boys), Bevy Smith (BEVELATIONS), Logan Browning (Dear White People), Sinqua Walls (American Soul), La La Anthony (Power) and Spike Lee (Da 5 Bloods).

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Pay-Per-View Streaming Service and Digital Movie Theater Showcasing Black and Brown Content Next Venture for American Black Film Festival Founder

LOS ANGELES, CA (August 20, 2020) – A showcase for Black and Brown content, culture and creativity, ABFF PLAY is a new pay-per-view streaming service and digital movie theater platform from American Black Film Festival (ABFF) creator/producers Jeff and Nicole Friday, under the auspices of their newly formed company Streamland USA LLC. It will launch as the platform host for the first online edition of ABFF, August 21, 2020 at abffplay.com.

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Stacey Abrams, Kenya Barris, Mary J. Blige, Curtis ‘50 Cent’ Jackson, Barry Jenkins, Gabrielle Union, Lena Waithe And More Topline Programming Slate For 2020 American Black Film Festival

LOS ANGELES, CA (August 6, 2020) – The first virtual edition of the American Black Film Festival (ABFF), now in its 24th year, will feature a robust slate of speakers including Stacey Abrams, Kenya Barris, Mary J. Blige, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Barry Jenkins, Gabrielle Union and Lena Waithe, as well as panels ranging from the business of Hollywood to spotlights on new films and television series. The festival will offer a mix of live and on demand content from August 21st to 30th at abff.com.

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American Black Film Festival Announces Film Slate for 2020 Virtual Festival

LOS ANGELES, CA (July 23, 2020) – With a record number of entries, ABFF Ventures LLC., today revealed its slate of films in competition for the 24 th annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF) scheduled to take place online August 21-30th at abff.com. ABFF also announced that IMDb (www.imdb.com), the world’s most popular and authoritative source for information on movies, TV shows and celebrities, will simulcast The Best of the ABFF Awards Ceremony on its homepage on August 30th, closing night of the Festival.

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American Black Film Festival Goes Virtual

LOS ANGELES, CA (June 11, 2020) – ABFF Ventures LLC., today announced that the 24th annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF) will take place online August 21-30, 2020 at abff.com. The ABFF Online Edition will continue the tradition of the live festival, featuring the best of independent black cinema, studio premieres, conversations and panels, business of entertainment seminars, along with virtual networking events.

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American Black Film Festival Postponed due to Coronavirus

LOS ANGELES, CA (March 24, 2020) – ABFF Ventures LLC., today announced that it has postponed the 2020 American Black Film Festival (ABFF). The 24th annual event scheduled to take place June 17 – 21 in Miami Beach has been rescheduled for October 21-25, 2020.

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Mary J. Blige to Serve as 2020 American Black Film Festival Ambassador

LOS ANGELES, CA (March 3, 2020) – ABFF Ventures LLC., today announced iconic Grammy Award® winning and Academy Award® nominated singer, songwriter, actress, producer and philanthropist Mary J. Blige as the ambassador for the 2020 American Black Film Festival (ABFF), which will be held in Miami Beach June 17 – 21, 2020. As ambassador, Blige will help bring media awareness to the ABFF’s mission and its 24-year legacy, as well as headline a one-on-one conversation during the Center Stage Talk series on Thursday, June 18th. The discussion will spotlight Blige’s music career, her transition into film and television and her life’s journey as one of the most successful artists of all time.

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Academy Award® Winner Jamie Foxx to Receive “Excellence In The Arts” Award at American Black Film Festival Honors

LOS ANGELES, CA (February 5, 2020) – The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) Honors today announced Academy Award® winner Jamie Foxx (“Ray,” “Just Mercy,” “Django Unchained”) as the recipient of the Excellence in the Arts Award, which honors a contemporary artist whose stellar work has received critical acclaim.

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American Black Film Festival Honors to Recognize Achievements of Hollywood Trailblazers Louis Gossett, Jr., Lena Waithe

LOS ANGELES, CA (January 7, 2020) – The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) Honors announced today the recipients of two of their most prominent awards – Hollywood Legacy Award and Industry Renaissance Award – which each honor outstanding accomplishments in film and television. Academy Award® winner Louis Gossett, Jr. (“Watchmen,” “An Officer and a Gentleman”) will be honored with the Hollywood Legacy Award for his contributions to the entertainment industry.

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