BET Networks's Stephen Hill, ABFF Awards honoree Diahann Carroll, Nicole Friday and Jeff Friday, ABFF Founder and CEO, at the ABFF Awards in Beverly Hills. (Photo: Soul Brother/ Hilton)

10 Reasons to Watch the ABFF Awards

Want to know why events like the ABFF Awards, a Golden Globe Award-styled ceremony that honors black achievement in television and film, exist? Because Hollywoodn’t. That cleverly stated phrase may seem simplistic, but 20 years ago, it led Jeff Friday to create the American Black Film Festival and, this year, the ABFF Awards (also called […]

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‘Zoe Ever After’s’ Tory Devon Smith: “To be black and gay is an incredibly sensitive thing.”

On our televisions over the years we’ve had gay characters like Jack McFarland on “Will and Grace” and, more recently, Mitch and Cam on “Modern Family” and, as of last week when the show premiered, we can add Valente from BET’s new hit sitcom, “Zoe Ever After.” As played by Tory Devon Smith, Valente is […]

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