Black Films Get Another Chance for Recognition

Jeff Friday, American Black Film Festival founder. (Photo: AP/Jon Way)

By Lilly Workneh (Article originally published on

Awards season is in full swing and among the plethora of events honoring the best of film that have — and will — take place are the African American Film Festival Hollywood Awards.

ABFF is an annual event that recognizes black actors and producers in the film industry. This year, the event will be held on Feb. 19 and will have a few new surprises in store.

Among them is a special five-minute web show hosted by “Real Husbands of Hollywood” producer Chris Spencer, reports the Huffington Post.

“I will be the Ed McMahon of today’s times. Do you remember Publishers Clearing House when he would knock on the winner’s door and deliver them a fat check? I’m gonna take it a step further,” Spencer told The Huffington Post.

“The winner of the ABFF Hollywood Award won’t have to wait to be home to see me. I’m coming to your house, your momma’s house, your baby’s momma’s house, the dentist, the doctor, your dealer’s. Anywhere we think you may be, I’m coming to give you your trophy.”

Many have recognized 2013 to have been an amazing year for African-American actors and moviegoers alike, even if this was not really reflected in this year’s Academy Award nominations. ABFF ambassador and best actor nominee Morris Chestnut agrees.

“It’s exciting to be a part of the resurgence of black films,” the “Best Man Holiday” actor told the site. “I feel that it is somewhat of a movement, a progression that so many films were this well received in one year. Hopefully it is a sign of finer things to come.”

To learn more about ABFF, click here.

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