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Mary J. Blige to serve as ambassador for 2020 American Black Film Festival


D’Andre Michael

Grammy award-winning, Oscar-nominated singer and actress Mary J. Blige was announced as the ambassador for the 2020 American Black Film Festival (ABFF), which takes place in Miami Beach June 17-21.

Blige will headline an in-depth conversation about her music career, transitioning into film and TV and life’s journey. 

“So many incredibly talented Black filmmakers have come out of the American Black Film Festival, many of whom I’ve had the pleasure to work with and many I can’t wait to collaborate with,” she says in a statement. “As an actress and producer, there couldn’t be a more important event to be a part of. I am a longtime supporter and admirer of ABFF and I am honored to be an ambassador and continue to help foster new talent.”

Mary J. Blige joins the list of past stellar ambassadors including Idris ElbaTracee Ellis RossRegina Hall,  Jay EllisMorris ChestnutOmari HardwickCommon and Empire‘s Taraji P. Henson.  

With eight multi-platinum albums, nine Grammy Awards, two Academy Award nominations, two Golden Globe Award nominations, amongst other accolades, Blige has always served as a figure of inspiration and empowerment through her music and films. This year, she will star in Dreamworks’ Trolls World Tour movie,  MGM’s Aretha Franklin biopic Respect and Power spin-off series, Power Book II: Ghost as Monet.

ABFF continues to celebrate Black filmmakers and promote diversity in film and TV. In its 24th year, the festival has expanded their program introducing the John Singleton Award for Best First Feature Film and two other initiatives focused on health (“ABFF Fit”) and social impact centered on the Black LGBTQIA community (“ABFF Pride”).

She is currently in the production phase for an untitled documentary about her legendary life and career, under her production company, Blue Butterfly. 

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