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Photo source: Melanie L. Brown Jeff Friday, the creator and founder of the American Black Film Festival, sat down with rolling out to discuss the future of the event and how he intends to raise ABFF’s profile. What ideas, competitions, or events are you considering for ABFF next year? Two ideas. The purpose of every…

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ABFF (American Black Film Festival) Ventures, a multifaceted entertainment company specializing in the production of live events, television and digital content targeted to upscale African American audiences, is gearing up for two highly-anticipated events leading up to the summer. The first kicks off this year’s award season. ABFF Honors returns to the Beverly Hilton in…

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Destined filmmaker Qasim Basir has announced a fall theatrical release for his latest critically acclaimed film. Destined tells the story of Rasheed/Sheed, played by Cory Hardrict (“Lincoln Heights,” American Sniper) and the turn his life takes as a result of one life-altering choice he makes as a kid. The story brilliantly unfolds between two parallel universes,…

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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…

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American Black Film Festival Honors Jenifer Lewis at “Best of the ABFF” Awards Show The American Black Film Festival attracted more than 7,000 New Yorkers and beyond is where film and TV enthusiasts converged. More than 30 documentaries, web originals, short films and narrative features were showcased at the AMC Empire 25 in Times Square to a…

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Fresh off a plane from Hollywood and on her way to Monte Carlo, actress Taraji P. Henson makes a surprising guest appearance at the invitation-only Cadillac and American Black Film Festival “Daring Greatly” lunch at The Chester restaurant located in the Gansevoort Hotel in New York’s Meatpacking District. “Keeping us relevant is important. It means nothing if…

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Film Life kicked off their 19th annual American Black Film Festival in New York City on June 11. The four-day event dedicated to showcasing quality films and television content by and about people of African descent, screened Dope on opening night. In attendance were “Empire” actress Taraji Henson, the 2015 ABFF ambassador; Dope actress Chanel Iman, MiMi Michaels, as…

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David Mann and Tamela Mann, play Frankie and Minnie, in the movie “In the Meantime.” Rolling out had a chance to get together with them at the release to discuss the film. “It’s going to be a great film,” said Tamela. “Our parts took place in a school we, as adults, struggled with literacy. I wanted to read better…

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Directed and produced by former Tyler Perry Studios executive Roger M. Bobb of (“Raising Izzie,” For Colored Girls, “The Rickey Smiley Show”) and based on Nzinga Kadalie Kemp award-winning screenplay from the 2012 UP Faith and Family Screenplay Competition presented at the American Black Film Festival in “In The Meantime.” “In the Meantime” features Jazmin “Jazz” Welles (Kali Hawk) as a confident, educated woman who thought her path…

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