The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) held its annual awards ceremony Sunday in Beverly Hills, California, bringing out some of the biggest stars in television and film.
Several respected figures in the industry were honored during the extravagant affair, including Ava DuVernay, who received the Industry Visionary Award.
Billy Dee Williams was honored with the Hollywood Legacy Award and actor Omari Hardwick with the Distinguished ABFF Alumni Award. Lastly, comedian and actress Tiffany Haddish received the Rising Star Award.
OWN original Queen Sugar took home the award for Television Drama of the Year while HBO’s Insecure and ABC’s Black-ish tied for Best Comedy. Movie of the Year went to Get Out while 1990s sitcom Martin won the Classic Comedy TV Show award.
Check out more photos from the event, including shots of host Cedric the Entertainer, Angela Bassett, Larenz Tate, Tracee Ellis Ross, Issa Rae and others.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.