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American Black Film Festival kicks off 20th year anniversary at The Godfrey in Chicago


ABFF Miami Beach June 15-19, 2016 – Photo by Eddy “Precise” Lamarre

The American Black Film Festival is celebrating its 20th year of existence. This year, the nation’s largest gathering of Black film and television enthusiasts will meet in Miami, Florida, June 15-19. The kickoff to these festivities took place at The Godfrey in Chicago recently.  Hundreds of Black actors, actresses, directors, producers and writers were present and networking with each other throughout the evening. The founder of the ABFF, Jeff Friday, mentioned he created this festival because “Hollywouldn’t.” Twenty years later, this event has just as much (if not even more) relevance in light of the current #Oscarsowhite scandal. The festival features full length narratives, short films, documentaries and web series written, directed, produced and staring Black talent.

Lee Daniels (“Empire”), Will Packer (Ride Along) and Ryan Coogler (Creed) are a few of the notable alumni of this event. The ABFF presents over 30 exciting events and networking activities designed to educate, nurture career development and inspire festival attendees. The festival traditionally opens with a Hollywood movie premiere, followed by independent film screenings, master classes, panels, celebrity talks, entertainment and talent contests co-programmed with leading media companies (HBO, Nickelodeon, and Comcast/NBCUniversal).  Oscar and Grammy award winner Common will be hosting this year’s festivities in Miami. Find out more about the festival at

Check out a few pictures from the kick off.


  1. Beelzebub on February 4, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    I never watched a N*GGER movie/show and never will.

    • Likewaterforchoc on February 4, 2016 at 12:46 pm

      I don’t believe you. All you do is watch black people. That’s why you’re here trolling.

      • Beelzebub on February 4, 2016 at 12:55 pm

        Yes, to make fun of you dumb N*GGERS

        • Likewaterforchoc on February 5, 2016 at 10:24 am

          Thou protests too much. It’s because you’re obsessed with us, Beelzebub, the white devil.

    • Mike72 on February 4, 2016 at 2:48 pm

      That’s your dumb ass choice probably a TV and you probably don’t have but 5 teeth in your mouth Phillip Dickinbutte

    • Mike72 on February 4, 2016 at 2:54 pm

      That’s the problem not Isis as long as dumb Niggers like Beelzebub are living Dummy you should know a nigger is a ignorant person so get it tatted on your forehead ass clown

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