The ABFF Honors: A Celebration of Hollywood is an annual awards gala which stems from the American Black Film Festival (ABFF), which for two decades has been recognized among the standard-bearers of cinematic excellence. The ceremony pays tribute to individuals that have made distinguished contributions to American culture through the world of film and television, as well as those who champion diversity and inclusion in Hollywood.
The 2016 show premiered on BET and Centric, February 23. Hosted by Mike Epps, the event featured a presentation of eight awards, including Film of the Year, Television Show of the Year, Excellence in the Arts, Rising Star and the Hollywood Legacy Award. Invited guests to this private affair included artists and other prominent members of the Hollywood community. The evening began with red carpet arrivals, followed by an elegant and spirited awards dinner and after-party. The 2017 show will air Wednesday, February 22 on BET.
ABFF Honors will be one of the highlights of the Hollywood Awards season and Black History Month. The event is executive produced by ABFF Ventures founder Jeff Friday, Suzanne de Passe and Madison Jones for de Passe Jones Entertainment, Jesse Collins for Jesse Collins Entertainment, and Connie Orlando, Stephen G. Hill and Debra Lee for BET Networks.