The American Black Film Festival brings Hollywood talent to Miami for annual Community Day

May 31, 2023 -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, in Miami, from noon to 5:00 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public.

This year’s program will feature two special screenings from Max, the hit comedy series Rap Sh!t, and the all-new animated Young Love. The Rap Sh!t screening will be followed by a talkback with creator and executive producer Issa Rae and showrunner Syreeta Singleton.

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. “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. “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.”

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