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The American Black Film Festival and The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau Bring Hollywood Talent to Miami for its 2023 Annual Community Day

Program Features Two Special Max Series Screenings from Actress/Producer Issa Rae and Oscar-winning Director Matthew A. Cherry

The 2023 American Black Film Festival (ABFF) will close out its five-day event with the annual Community Day taking place on Sunday, June 18, at the Black Archives Historic Lyric Theater, 819 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, from noon to 5:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Following the Young Love screening, Oscar-winning director Matthew A. Cherry will discuss his highly anticipated upcoming series. ABFF will be available to a global audience June 19-25 on ABFF PLAY (

ABFF’s Community Day, now in its 9th year of partnership with the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB), provides a place where festivalgoers and the local Miami community can experience dynamic programming from emerging artists and established industry creatives. Inspired by family and community, GMCVB supports ABFF’s mission to facilitate more involvement from Miami natives, provide education about television and film entertainment, exposure to resources, and promote artistic collaboration.

“Maintaining community engagement is a priority of our festival,” said Jeff Friday, founder and CEO, ABFF Ventures LLC in a press release. “Each year we look forward to partnering with the GMCVB team to bring new and interesting content to the Overtown community.”

“ABFF’s Community Day embraces the power of art to inspire and uplift. We are proud to support this vibrant celebration of diversity and culture that spotlights the incredible talent within the Black film industry”, said David Whitaker, President & CEO of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau in a press release. “We welcome visitors joining us for the ABFF and hope they enjoy the electric energy of our beautiful destination during Community Day and beyond.”

GMCVB’s Senior Vice President of Multicultural Tourism & Development, Connie Kinnard, added, “True partnerships mean a lot and we are honored to be a partner with ABFF on this annual Community Day of film and conversation. Many thanks to Nicole and Jeff Friday, along with the ABFF leadership team, for their commitment to the elevation of Black and Brown voices in the film industry. This type of support also helps economic development opportunities for our heritage communities.” 

To attend, visit Eventbrite and register for a free admission ticket at

The schedule of events for the 2023 ABFF Annual Community Day follows:

Noon – 1:00 p.m. – Community Day Marketplace and Red Carpet

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. – Screening of two episodes of Rap Sh!t (TV-MA) 

2:00 – 2:45 p.m. – Talkback with Issa Rae and Syreeta Singleton


3:15 – 4:00 p.m. – Screening of Young Love 

4:00 – 4:30 p.m. – Talkback with Matthew A. Cherry

About ABFF

The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) is a property of ABFF Ventures LLC, an entertainment company specializing in the production of live events and platforms that celebrate Black culture and achievement. The ABFF, the company’s flagship event, is dedicated to recognizing Black talent and showcasing quality film and television content by and about people of African descent. ABFF founder Jeff Friday conceived the festival in 1997 as a vehicle to strengthen the Black entertainment community by fostering resource sharing, education and artistic collaboration. Now in its 27th year, the festival has become a key proponent of diversity in Hollywood, providing a platform for emerging Black artists.

About The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) is an accredited, independent not-for-profit sales and marketing organization whose mission is to attract visitors to Greater Miami and Miami Beach for leisure, business, meetings, and conventions. For additional information, visit or call 305-539-3000. In addition, stay connected with the GMCVB by following us on our corporate communications and external affairs social media channels: and

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1 comment on “The American Black Film Festival and The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau Bring Hollywood Talent to Miami for its 2023 Annual Community Day

  1. hey
    Good post
    Exciting news from the American Black Film Festival, featuring two special screenings with notable industry professionals and a free Community Day event open to the public! Looking forward to seeing the talented emerging artists and established creatives on display.
    Scott Dubois
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