Last week, JETmag.com explored American Black Film Festival (ABFF) with Cadillac and its Diversity Communications team.
Located in Miami’s plush and vibrant South Beach neighborhood, the 21st annual ABFF, which took place June 14 through June 18, opened with the hilarious chic flick Girls Trip and closed with the Benny Boom-helmed Tupac Shakur biopic, All Eyez on Me. As guests of Cadillac, we stayed at the luxurious Royal Palm Resort on Miami Beach. We also attended an exclusive oceanfront luncheon soiree at the iconic Raleigh Hotel, where we had the opportunity to interview legendary director Spike Lee about his upcoming Netflix series, She’s Gotta Have It.
On the third day of the festival, Cadillac lent us its new luxurious 2017 CT6. Innovatively engineered and beautifully sculpted, the CT6 combines advanced technology with breath-taking design. Despite the rainy weather, we drove the stunning vehicle throughout the city, stopping in the Miami Arts & Entertainment district and viewing the infamous Wynwood Walls.
At the film festival, we screened the upcoming documentary Step, about a high school step dance team; the first episode of Season Two of HBO’s smash hit Insecure; and we interviewed a lot of celebs, including Demetrius Shipp Jr., Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker. Our amazing week culminated in a dinner at the glamorous La Cava restaurant in the five-star Faena hotel.
ABFF is dedicated to showcasing quality film and television content by and about people of African descent, and supporting emerging artists to diversify the images and storytellers working in the entertainment industry. Founded by Jeff Friday, the festival today is recognized as the nation’s largest gathering of Black film and TV enthusiasts, with more than 10,000 attendees.
Thanks so much for your hospitality, Cadillac! #ArtOfDaring