Issa Rae is the festival ambassador for the 2022 American Black Film Festival (ABFF).
“I’m honored to be this year’s Festival Ambassador,” said Rae in a statement. “ABFF was the first major festival to showcase my work and they continue to elevate Black creatives from the ground level. It’s also fun as hell.”
This years’ festival will be a hybrid event with the live format between June 15-19 in Miami, Fl. and the virtual format that includes virtual panels and screenings between June 20-30 on the festival’s custom-built online platform ABFF PLAY (https://abffplay.com/).
As ambassador, Rae will take that stage alongside ABFF founders Jeff and Nicole Friday for welcome remarks during the opening night ceremony. She will also debut her upcoming new series for HBO Max Rap Sh*t for the festival’s closing night on June 18.
Rae wrote the series that follows two estranged high school friends from Miami, Shawna (Aida Osman) and Mia (KaMillion), who reunite to form a rap group. The series also stars Jonica Booth, Devon Terrell, Daniel Augustin, Ashlei Sharpe Chestnut, Amandla Jahava, and Jaboukie Young-White.
Rae joins previous ambassadors that include Halle Berry, Mary J. Blige, Idris Elba, Tracee Ellis Ross, Regina Hall, La La Anthony, Jay Ellis, Morris Chestnut, Omari Hardwick, Common, Taraji P. Henson and Earvin “Magic” Johnson.