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Issa Rae to become American Black Film Festival Ambassador for 2022




Writer, director, actress, and creator with many other titles, Issa Rae, continues to expand her resume by serving as the 2022 American Black Film Festival (ABFF) Ambassador.

Rae is joining former ABFF Ambassadors such as Halle Berry, Regina Hall, and Mary J. Blige to “help bring media awareness to American Black Film Festival’s  26-year legacy of showcasing Black talent and discovering new voices.”

“I’m honored to be this year’s Festival Ambassador,” said Rae. “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.”

In addition to her becoming an ambassador, she will premiere her latest series at the festival, HBO Max’s “Rap Sh*t,” a comedy about former friends who reunite to form a rap group.

The festival is a platform for Black content creators where Rae will join ABFF founders Jeff and Nicole on the 17th for welcome remarks during the opening night ceremony.

“It has been amazing to watch Issa shatter ceilings with her incredible sensibility to storytelling and her astounding achievements in the industry,” noted Nicole Friday, festival producer and president of ABFF Ventures LLC. “We have been admirers of her work from the early days and salute her for remaining authentic and never forgetting the importance of elevating the next generation of emerging artists.”

The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) will take place June 15-19 in Miami Beach and virtually on  ABFF PLAY, the festival’s custom-designed online platform, June 20-30.