The 2023 American Black Film Festival (ABFF) Honors has announced the honorees for this year’s awards ceremony.
The 2023 ABFF Honors will celebrate the achievements of some of the most influential individuals in the entertainment industry. This year’s honorees include Kerry Washington, Courtney B. Vance, Charles D. King, Janelle Monáe, and the film Eve’s Bayou.
This year’s honorees are a testament to the exceptional talent that is consistently emerging in the entertainment industry, and they represent the best of what the industry has to offer.
Kerry Washington and Courtney B. Vance will be presented with the Excellence in the Arts Award.
Charles D. King, founder and CEO of MACRO, will be honored with the Industry Leadership Award. King has made a significant impact on the industry, with his company being recognized as a leading player in the world of film and television production.
Jeff Friday, the founder and CEO of ABFF Ventures, expressed his delight in honoring the achievements of this year’s honorees. He said, “This year’s ABFF Honorees, Courtney, Kerry, Janelle and Charles, are unquestionably among the best in our industry and it brings us a great deal of pleasure to illuminate their stellar careers.” He also mentioned that Kasi Lemmons’ “Eve’s Bayou” is a cinematic masterpiece that deserves recognition on its 25th anniversary.
Janelle Monáe, an eight-time Grammy-nominated artist, producer, and actor, will receive the Renaissance Award. And the Classic Cinema Award will be presented to Eve’s Bayou, Kasi Lemmons’s 1997 drama.
The event, which recognizes excellence in the film and television industry, will be hosted by Deon Cole. The non-televised dinner and award ceremony 2023 ABFF Honors ceremony will take place on March 5th, 2023. It is produced by Nicole and Jeff Friday (under their company, ABFF Ventures) in association with Rikki Hughes and de Passe Jones Entertainment.
The ABFF Honors has previously recognized the achievements of Denzel Washington, Ava DuVernay, Regina King, Tiffany Haddish, Ryan Coogler, Don Cheadle, Will Packer, Queen Latifah, Lena Waithe, Terrence Howard, F. Gary Gray, Billy Dee Williams, Issa Rae, Omari Hardwick, Louis Gossett, Jr., the late Diahann Carroll, and several film casts, including “Martin,” “The Wire,” “Hollywood Shuffle,” and “Love Jones.”
In conclusion, the American Black Film Festival Honors is a celebration of the best and brightest in the entertainment industry, and this year’s honorees are a testament to the exceptional talent that is emerging in the industry. They represent the best of what the industry has to offer and their recognition is well-deserved.