*It’s that time again to recognize the unsung heroes and sheroes of the acting industry with the prestigious American Black Film Festival/ABFF.
The event is taking place in Miami Beach through July 9, and for the 15th year, will honor the great actors and actresses who bring a little color to the big and small screens.
Festival co-founder, Jeff Friday, is very excited about the event and is glad to see another year of positive reflection on Black actors.
“I had always been disturbed by images of people with color in films. There was always a level of struggle,” he told the Associated Press of Black people on the television shows he grew up watching, such as “Good Times” or “The Jeffersons.”
“I just didn’t see enough diversity.”
With his disgust in hand and need to see something better, he helped found the event. However, that was years ago and recognizes the slow and steady change. He says the industry does a much better job now. But of course, there will always be an opportunity to sing the praises of Black actors and filmmakers via the festival.
The festival will include 20 independent films made by Black folks on Black issues and culture that will run through Saturday.
Among the anticipated films and appearances is Eric Benet’s acting debut in “Trinity Goodheart” written by Rhonda Freeman-Baraka.
“It’s a great depiction of an American black family,” director Joanna Hock said. “There needs to be an openness and acceptance to look at life in different ways and look at people in different ways and not be so dogmatic on we how approach relationships.”
There’s plenty more to see throughout the festival. Don’t miss it if you’re in town.