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Robert Townsend has blazed trails in the film industry for several decades. He’s a pioneer that has brought us classics such as Hollywood Shuffle and The Five Heartbeats. He’s currently a professor at the University of Southern California, teaching screenwriting and directing. He’s a multi-faceted visionary, filmmaker, and actor that’s been dubbed the “Godfather of…

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The iconic African American director John Singleton has died. He was a trailblazer in film, who created content for the community that challenged, educated and entertained. He was the first African American to be nominated for an Academy Award for best director. Known for his one-of-a-kind style, the 51-year-old filmmaker suffered a major stroke on April 17, 2019.…

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The Screen Actors Guild Awards were held Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. Black Panther took the night’s biggest prize, Outstanding Performance By a Cast in a Motion Picture. The cast of the comic book blockbuster gathered on stage at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles to accept the final award of the evening, with actor Chadwick…

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The 61-year-old Hollywood legend who has helmed documentaries about Michael Jackson and Pavarotti has worked in almost every cinematic genre possible, but making a “straight out singing and dancing” movie is still on his bucket list. He told CinemaBlend.com: “Oh yeah. I’m going to do a musical one day, for sure… I mean, there are many…

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American Black Film Festival (ABFF) celebrates its 22nd year with a return to Miami, June 13-17, 2018. The festival is an annual event dedicated to introducing emerging content creators of African descent. The event will feature an exciting lineup of film screenings, events and innovative programming. This year, actor Jay Ellis will serve as the ABFF…

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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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Phillip Boutte Jr. is a costume illustrator and concept artist for pioneering films such as A Wrinkle in Time, Justice League and Black Panther. Boutte tells rolling out how he got his start, as well as how he maintains longevity and success within the industry. In celebration of Black History Month, Xfinity is spotlighting the pioneering talent behind…

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The African American Film Critics Association is the nation’s premier group of Black film critics. Established in 2003, AAFCA’s primary mission is to cultivate understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contributions of African American talent to cinematic and television culture. The AAFCA is a nonprofit organization that commits its time, efforts, and finances to numerous…

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Recently, the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) and McDonald’s joined forces for the “My Community” video competition. The competition provided up and coming filmmakers the opportunity to create a 90-second film showcasing and celebrating the diverse communities they represent.  Three finalists (Tyshun Wardlaw, Travis Dent and Marshelle Montgomery) were chosen to attend the 20th Annual American Black…

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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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