Day 4 of the 27th American Black Film Festival - AmNews Curtain Raiser


Sunday, June 18, 2023

Day 4 of the 27th American Black Film Festival

Day 4 of the 27th American Black Film Festival continues with a triumphant success, highlighting the power of meaningful storytelling in filmmaking. The day included a closing ceremony where awards were announced for film and talent programs at the Best of ABFF Awards CeremonyTabitha & Chance Brown had a candid discussion about the importance of amplifying Black voices, celebrating the entrepreneurial spirit of small business owners, & removing barriers for those in tv & film. Festival-goers also got an early screening of the highly anticipated new series I’m A Virgo

Queen Latifah moderated a clips & conversations event featuring six dynamic filmmakers. She said, “We are trying to create a space for Black filmmakers and story writers  to have an opportunity to create. We have to keep the pipeline going generations after generations.” 

For the ABFF First Look at A Bold New Take On A Beloved Classic: The Color Purple, actress Taraji P. Henson said, “This film is a part of our culture and who we are, it's our multiverse and it’s our family. I recall seeing all of the Black actors on the screen growing up and it gave me the strength to pursue my dream. Back then we didn’t get as many opportunities to be seen, as we do today.”


Notable guests included: Queen Latifah, Taraji P Henson, Danielle Brooks, Tabitha Brown, Chance Brown, Kendrick Sampson, Jharrell Jerome, Craig Robinson, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Rell Battle, Blitz Bazawule, Bren Herrera, Brett Gray, Gabrielle Walsh, Kara Young, Olivia Washington, Alluis Barnes, Imani Dennison, Jenn Shaw, Idil Ibrahim, Vashni Korin, Contessa Gayles, Caroline Wanga, Kai Bowe, Danielle Cadet, Ed Lewis, EmmoLei Sankofa, Tre’vell Anderson, Joi Elaine, Denise Boutte, Brely Evans, Cas Sigers-Beetle, Susan Henry, Franklin Leonard, Tarshena Armstrong, Lilian Lopez, Tommy Oliver, Shanola Hampton.


Notable Experiences: ABFF First Look: The Color Purple - A Bold New Take On a Beloved Classic courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures, “Best of ABFF Awards” Ceremony, Time of Essence courtesy of OWN, How to Secure (and Grow) the Bag: Making Your Money Work Harder Than You Do presented by Prudential Financial, Widening the View of the Black Experience presented by P&G, Where Blackness is Infinite, Welcome Home presented by Andscape, “That’s Our Business” A Conversation with Tabitha & Chance Brown delivered by UPS, A Mother’s Intuition courtesy of TV One Networks, Creating Cultural Capital presented by Cadillac, I’m A Virgo courtesy of Prime Video, Found courtesy of Comcast NBCUniversal and NBC, Chris Spencer Comedy Special: Don’t Call It A Comeback, Killing It Satire in Comedy presented by Comcast NBCUniversal.

About ABFF 

The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) is dedicated to recognizing Black talent and showcasing quality film and television content by and about people of African descent. ABFF founder Jeff Friday conceived the festival in 1997 as a vehicle to strengthen the Black entertainment community by fostering resource sharing, education and artistic collaboration. Now in its 27th year, the festival has become a key proponent of diversity in Hollywood, providing a platform for emerging Black artists. ABFF, the company's flagship event, is a property of Nice Crowd, formerly ABFF Ventures LLC, a leading entertainment company in the event tourism arena. To learn more about Nice Crowd events, visit

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