Malcolm D. Lee, Sanaa Lathan hosted ‘Keep Rising’ keynote with Cadillac at ABFF

Cadillac is in its ninth year as a sponsor of ABFF and hosted this year’s “Keynote Conversation: Keep Rising,” an up-close and personal conversation with the renowned actress and producer Sanaa Lathan. The conversation, led by director Malcolm D. Lee, discussed Lathan’s evolution as an artist and how she continues to keep rising in Hollywood. Cadillac also honored Lathan with its first Vanguard Award presented at ABFF for her extraordinary achievements in film and television. (Photo courtesy of General Motors Communications)
General Motors’ Tamberlin Golden, film director Malcolm D. Lee, renowned actress Sanaa Lathan and Nicole Friday, wife of Jeff Friday, founder of ABFF (Photo provided by GM Communications)

Lathan and Malcolm D. Lee, famed producer and director (Best Man, Best Man Holiday, Girls Trip, Barbershop and more) also hosted the Keynote Conversation: Keep Rising, where Lee served as the moderator.

Their exchange gave Lathan an opportunity to candidly discuss her career in film, her friends and family, including her famed father, Stan Lathan, and her best friend award-winning actress Regina Hall. Lathan also discussed her start in film, in which Lee was very instrumental, casting her in both of his Best Man films.

After Lathan gracefully accepted her award, rolling out was able to briefly interview the beauty. We asked her how it felt to receive Cadillac’s first Vanguard Award. Lathan offered her bright signature smile and replied, “It makes me feel amazing! It’s such an honor. I’m getting a Vanguard Award. I feel like I’m just beginning. It’s really wonderful to be honored by Cadillac, such an iconic company. This festival has always given me love. I’ve been coming since the beginning, so it feels really good.”

In line with the theme of the keynote, we also asked Lathan what the phrase “Keep Rising” means to her. “Keep pushing yourself out of your comfort zone,” she said. “Keep growing. Keep a positive attitude and do whatever you can to love yourself.”

Take a look at the video recap of the ABFF and Cadillac partnership on the next page. Mark your calendars. This is definitely an event you won’t want to miss next year.

Porsha Monique
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