Black Film Festival to honor Keenan Wayans

Comedian to receive Entertainment Icon Award

The Miami-based American Black Film Festival will honor Keenen Ivory Wayans with its Entertainment Icon Award and present grand prizes to Tiffany D. Hobbs and Sheaun McKinney in the fest’s annual Star Project competition.

ABFF founder Jeff Friday called Wayans “a trailblazer.” Past recipients of the festival’s highest distinction include Morgan Freeman, Spike Lee and Halle Berry.

Hobbs and McKinney will be flown to Miami for this year’s fest, and one will be given a walk-on role on “Days of Our Lives.” The ABFF Star Project, founded in 2009, serves as a platform to discover actors.

“There are so many young and diverse artists out there who deserve a chance to showcase their talents and vision,” said Kendra Carter, this year’s Star Project mentor and director of talent diversity initiatives at NBCU.

ABFF, now in its 15th year and sponsored by HBO, will also include a master class series, featuring workshops taught by scribe Michael Elliot, helmer-actor Bill Duke and producer-thesp Robert Townsend. Duke will be holding intensive Actors Boot Camps, with three sessions during the festival.

Fest kicks off July 6 with the world preem of Townsend’s “In the Hive” and runs through July 9.

More TV

  • Charlie Rose Sexual Misconduct

    Charlie Rose's Walter Cronkite Award Revoked by Journalism School

    The Miami-based American Black Film Festival will honor Keenen Ivory Wayans with its Entertainment Icon Award and present grand prizes to Tiffany D. Hobbs and Sheaun McKinney in the fest’s annual Star Project competition. ABFF founder Jeff Friday called Wayans “a trailblazer.” Past recipients of the festival’s highest distinction include Morgan Freeman, Spike Lee and […]

  • Peter Baldwin

    Emmy-Winning TV Director Peter Baldwin Dies at 86

    The Miami-based American Black Film Festival will honor Keenen Ivory Wayans with its Entertainment Icon Award and present grand prizes to Tiffany D. Hobbs and Sheaun McKinney in the fest’s annual Star Project competition. ABFF founder Jeff Friday called Wayans “a trailblazer.” Past recipients of the festival’s highest distinction include Morgan Freeman, Spike Lee and […]

  • THE 91ST ANNUAL MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY

    NBC Feasts on Strong Turnout for Thanksgiving Day Parade, Football

    The Miami-based American Black Film Festival will honor Keenen Ivory Wayans with its Entertainment Icon Award and present grand prizes to Tiffany D. Hobbs and Sheaun McKinney in the fest’s annual Star Project competition. ABFF founder Jeff Friday called Wayans “a trailblazer.” Past recipients of the festival’s highest distinction include Morgan Freeman, Spike Lee and […]

  • imagine dragons

    Imagine Dragons Rules TV Ads With 'Believer,' 'Thunder'

    The Miami-based American Black Film Festival will honor Keenen Ivory Wayans with its Entertainment Icon Award and present grand prizes to Tiffany D. Hobbs and Sheaun McKinney in the fest’s annual Star Project competition. ABFF founder Jeff Friday called Wayans “a trailblazer.” Past recipients of the festival’s highest distinction include Morgan Freeman, Spike Lee and […]

  • Jon Barnthal Remote Controlled Podcast

    Remote Controlled: 'The Punisher' Star Jon Bernthal on Why the Role Scared Him

    The Miami-based American Black Film Festival will honor Keenen Ivory Wayans with its Entertainment Icon Award and present grand prizes to Tiffany D. Hobbs and Sheaun McKinney in the fest’s annual Star Project competition. ABFF founder Jeff Friday called Wayans “a trailblazer.” Past recipients of the festival’s highest distinction include Morgan Freeman, Spike Lee and […]

  • Songs for Screens Powered by Mac

    Songs For Screens: Active Child Offers Woke Spiritualism; Sonos Hosts A Deee-Lite-ful Dance Party

    The Miami-based American Black Film Festival will honor Keenen Ivory Wayans with its Entertainment Icon Award and present grand prizes to Tiffany D. Hobbs and Sheaun McKinney in the fest’s annual Star Project competition. ABFF founder Jeff Friday called Wayans “a trailblazer.” Past recipients of the festival’s highest distinction include Morgan Freeman, Spike Lee and […]

  • Hakeem Kae-Kazim to Play Cesil Colby

    Hakeem Kae-Kazim to Play Cesil Colby in ‘Dynasty’ (EXCLUSIVE)

    The Miami-based American Black Film Festival will honor Keenen Ivory Wayans with its Entertainment Icon Award and present grand prizes to Tiffany D. Hobbs and Sheaun McKinney in the fest’s annual Star Project competition. ABFF founder Jeff Friday called Wayans “a trailblazer.” Past recipients of the festival’s highest distinction include Morgan Freeman, Spike Lee and […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content