The 2023 American Black Film Festival Pop-up In Miami


( ENSPIRE Entertainment )  Blair Underwood, D-NICE, Chris Spencer, and Omari Hardwick Celebrate Juneteenth at the American Black Film Festival House Pop-Up Experience in Miami

ENSPIRE Contributor: Margaux Jubin

Black actors Blair Underwood, D-NICE, Chris Spencer, and Omari Hardwick celebrated Juneteenth weekend at the American Black Film Festival house pop-up experience in Miami. Started in 1997, the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) is a yearly event committed to showcasing black talent and content. This festival screens and celebrates film and television content by black creators and actors in the industry.

With the intention of lifting up the black entertainment industry, ABFF Founder Jeff Friday developed the festival in 1997. His main goal was to promote artistic education and creative collaboration. At this event, DIAGEO and its brands raised a glass to black excellence for the 27th year bringing together black artists and showcasing a wide range of black content.

Big names such as Blair Underwood, D-NICE, Chris Spencer, and Omari Hardwick attended the Miami pop-up hosted by the American Black Film Festival. The event screened a diverse scope of films featuring black actors, filmmakers, and industry professionals. From directors to comedians to actors, the American Black Film Festival hosted some of the industry’s biggest successes.

Chris Spencer’s comedy special: DON’T CALL IT A COMEBACK was screened at the American Black Film Festival this year. In addition, over the years, Spencer has worked with big successes such as Kevin Hart, Chris Rock, and Jimmy Kimmel, to name a few. Spencer is best known for his work on Postal, Real Husbands of Hollywood, and Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood.

Blair Underwood, known for his roles in series like L.A. Law and Quantico, attended the pop-up event and was interviewed by Angel Livas. Post interview, Underwood took to Instagram, saying that Livas was “asking the deepest & best questions! Enjoyed that convo. Incredibly honored & humbled to receive your Icon Award as well.” Along with Underwood and Spencer, other black names in the film industry appeared at the Miami pop-up, such as renowned DJ, D-NICE, and Omari Hardwick, known for his role in the sensational drama Power.

Without a doubt, the renowned American Black Film Festival featured outstanding black talent. With screenings of this year’s most popular films and TV shows, this year’s festival was highly anticipated by guests. Currently celebrating its 27th year, ABFF is a patron of diversity and inclusion in the film industry. Through the platform ABFF creates, black voices and talent are able to be amplified and recognized.

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