The Black American Film Festival returns to Miami Beach |  lifestyles

The Black American Film Festival returns to Miami Beach | lifestyles

twenty-sixth Black American Film Festival He returns to Miami Beach this week for his first hybrid event, with a fun-packed lineup of two-week discussions, movie screenings, master classes, pre-calls and prizes.

The festival will take place June 15-19 in areas around South Beach, including Regal South BeachAnd the Performance Hall at the New World CenterAnd the bass Museum and Black Archives Lyric Theater Historicaland follow up roughly from June 20-30 through its online platform,

Issa Ray serves as an ambassador for the 2022 festival, whose new series “Rap Sh!t” will wrap up live shows, ahead of the series’ official premiere on July 21. Additional speakers include Kenya Paris, creator of the ABC sitcom “black-ish”. , actor Trevante Rhodes from Oscar-winning Moonlight, actress Kela Pratt, who provided the voice of Penny on Disney Channel’s hit animated series “The Proud Family,” and more.

Below is a selection of events that take place during the live five-day portion of the festival. For a full selection of offers, as well as exact dates and locations for all events, visit

Opening Night Show: “Madani”

“Civilian” tells the story of real-life civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who represented the families of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, black farmers, and victims of “banking while blacks” – a term used to describe black people who were racially identified and victimized while performing a simple task. Like cashing a check.

The film was directed and produced by award-winning director Nadia Hallgren. It will premiere at the festival on June 15 at 8 p.m. at New World Center Performance Hall before it officially launches on Netflix on Juneteenth.

Panel discussion “Leadership from within”

Amazon executives Amber Rasberry, Lauren Anderson, and Larissa Bell will serve as members of the “Leadership From Inside” panel, a discussion on the leading role that black women play in the world of inclusive content creation.

Presented by Prime Video and moderated by Latasha Gillespie, Corporate President of Global Diversity, Equality and Inclusion, the discussion will take place June 16 at noon at the New World Center Trust Pavilion.

Johnson: clips and talks

Deji LaRay, creator of Bounce Network’s “Johnson,” will join cast members for a discussion about the series’ return on July 10 for a second season. The show focuses on love, growth and friendship as told from the perspective of five black men.

The talk will take place on June 17 at 11 a.m. in the New World Center Performance Hall. Refreshments will be provided.

Best ABFF Awards

Actor Dondré Whitfield will host this awards ceremony where the winners of several competitions will be announced, including the competitions for Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, the John Singleton Award for Best Debut Film, Best Documentary Film, Best Web Series, and the HBO Short Film Award.

Miami Beach

The Black American Film Festival last met live in Miami Beach in 2019 before it became virtual as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event takes place on June 18 at 11am in the New World Center Performance Hall. It will also be broadcast live on ABFFPlay.

Panel Discussion “The Leading Man”

“The Leading Man” will feature three black participants, including “Moonlight” actor Rhodes; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who played Bobby Seale in the Netflix historical drama “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” and Michael Ealy, known for his performances in Barbershop, Think Like a Man, About Last Night, “The Perfect Man” and more.

Respected actors will explore the images of black men so commonly portrayed throughout film and television, sharing messages of wisdom with the youth of the black community as well as telling their success stories.

rap sheet

Scene from “Rap Sh!t: Something for the City.”

The discussion will begin at 2 p.m. on June 18 in the New World Center Performance Hall.

Final Night Show: “Rap Sh!t”

Festival ambassador Ray’s highly anticipated new series “Rap Sh!T: Something for the City” will premiere during the festival at 6pm on June 18 at the New World Center Performance Hall.

social communication

ABFF Community Day will conclude the live portion of the festival on Sunday, June, th.

The show follows the lives of two old high school friends from Miami, Shauna and Mia – played by Aida Usman and Camilleon – who come together to form a rap duo. Ray, Osman, and Cameleon will also serve as panelists, along with executive producer Serita Singleton, to answer questions and discuss the new series.

ABFF Community Day

The live portion of the American Black Film Festival will conclude on June 19, with entertainment dedicated to families to enjoy. The event takes place from 12-6 pm at the Black Archives Historic Lyric Theater, where food and vendors are available all day.

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