American Black Film Festival: Opening Night

“The American Black Film Festival (ABFF), founded in 1997, is an annual event dedicated to showcasing entertainment content made by and about people of African descent to a worldwide audience. Today it is recognized as the premier pipeline for Black talent in front of and behind the camera. The festival is comprised of five action-packed days of films, panels, parties and more…from the star-studded opening night screening to the closing “Best of Festival” Awards Ceremony.”

“This year ABFF celebrated it’s 20th anniversary in Miami June 15-19, and Common served as the 2016 festival ambassador.”


I had the honor of covering the entire event. I grew as a journalist, being on the red carpet alone, setting up my equipment to even editing the footage. It was truly a blessing to be apart of black excellence in 2016, a major turning point for my career. The festival is an opportunity, everyone involved wants to see the next generation be successful. Filmmakers, directors, producers, connect with them to build a long lasting professional relationship.

Thank you all who have supported me thus far and to all the new lovers I met in Miami, the best is yet to come!



Author: Tiy Hampton

20 something year old New Yorker, that will make a difference. Open minded, talkative, only child. Shopping, traveling and food are my favorite. God first. I do radio, I model, I write, I report on events and conduct interviews. I believe you must do what you love in order to truly live. #ForTheLove

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