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ABFF 2016: Singer Brave Williams Talks Miami and ABFF on the Red Carpet

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MIAMI, Fla. (FNN NEWS) — The 20th annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF) launched its opening night at the Olympia Theater in Downtown Miami Wednesday. Singer Brave Williams, who stars in ABFF film Bad Dad Rehab and will host ABFF’s Community Day alongside Malik Yoba Sunday, June 19th, talks with FNN News on the red carpet for the opening night premiere of Central Intelligence.

 

 

 

Mellissa Thomas is Editor of the Florida National News. The Jamaica-born author and journalist is a decorated U.S. Navy veteran with degrees in Entertainment Business and Film. She also helps business owners, CEOs, executives, and speakers double their income and clinch the credibility they deserve by walking them step by step through the process of developing, completing, marketing, and publishing their first book.

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International Christian Film & Music Festival 2021 Winners List

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BJ Billi Arnett of Camy Arnett Production Studios (CAPS) wins the Audience Choice Award for BJA Today at the 2021 International Christian Film & Music Festival in Orlando, May 22, 2021. Photo by J Willie David, III / Florida National News.

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) – The 2021 International Christian Film & Music Festival took over the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive in Orlando from Wednesday, May 19 to Saturday, May 22. The festival announced the award winners Saturday night at the in-person ceremony.

International Christian Film & Music Festival Founder Marty Jean-Louis (left) receives a welcome letter from State Representative Daisy Morales during the 2021 International Christian Film & Music Festival at the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive. Photo: Willie David/Florida National News.

International Christian Film & Music Festival Founder Marty Jean-Louis (left) receives a welcome letter from State Representative Daisy Morales during the 2021 International Christian Film & Music Festival at the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive. Photo: Willie David/Florida National News.

Florida State Representative Daisy Morales welcomes Christians from around the world to Orlando for the 9th Annual International Christian Film & Music Festival. The freshman state lawmaker presented a letter of recognition to Marty Jean-Louis, the Executive Director of ICFF for hosting the annual event in person after the state starts to rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our diverse city and state has a keen appreciation for the arts, especially film, television, and digital media productions,” said Morales. “I’ll continue to be a strong supporter for attracting family-friendly film and television productions to Florida in an effort to enhance our economy,” she added.
Veteran actor Kevin Sorbo talks with Florida National News reporter Mellissa Thomas during the 2021 International Christian FIlm & Music Festival Friday, May 21, 2020. Photo: Willie David / Florida National News.

Veteran actor Kevin Sorbo talks with Florida National News reporter Mellissa Thomas during the 2021 International Christian FIlm & Music Festival Friday, May 21, 2020. Photo: Willie David / Florida National News.

 

Below check out the complete list of winners.

FEATURE FILMS

  • BEST PICTURE ROE V WADE
  • 2ND PLACE SWEET SUNSHINE
  • 3RD PLACE LOST HEART
  • HONORABLE MENTION A FATHER’S FIGHT
  • AUDIENCE CHOICE RUBARU
  • BEST DIRECTOR MARC LEIF, DIVINE DECISION
  • BEST MUSICAL SCORE SWEET SUNSHINE
  • BEST SCREENPLAY GREG LAMMIMAN, MAYFLOWER II
  • BEST LEAD ACTOR JOHN WAY, SWEET SUNSHINE
  • BEST LEAD ACTRESS SARAH CLEVELAND, A FATHER’S FIGHT
  • BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR DON MOST, LOST HEART
  • BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS ANGELA RELUCIO, ANGEL
  • MOST INSPIRATIONAL ROE V WADE

SPECIAL AWARDS

  • LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD ROMA DOWNEY
  • HUMANITARIAN FILM AWARD VOLENDAM

SHORT FILMS

  • BEST SHORT FILM FIREWORKS
  • 2ND PLACE THE HIDDEN TREASURE
  • 3RD PLACE CALF ROPE
  • HONORABLE MENTION THE DINING TABLE
  • AUDIENCE CHOICE SKY
  • BEST DIRECTOR KATHERINE JOHNSON & JOSEPH KLINGMAN, CHOICE
  • BEST SCREENPLAY DAVID J. FERREIRA, EVADE
  • BEST LEAD ACTOR MARC STEELE, FOR THE LOVE OF ART
  • BEST LEAD ACTRESS KATE LARSON, SPOTLIGHT
  • MOST INSPIRATIONAL MESSANIA’S STORY

DOCUMENTARIES

  • BEST DOCUMENTARY BORN TO REVEAL THE WORKS OF GOD
  • 2ND PLACE THE ONE WHO HEARS
  • 3RD PLACE MAMAKROM
  • HONORABLE MENTION DEATH TO LIFE, AUD – THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RIVER
  • AUDIENCE CHOICE A STRONG FINISH
  • BEST DIRECTOR BRENT MILLER, BEFORE THE WRATH
  • MOST CREATIVE KOMOREBI
  • MOST INSPIRATIONAL QUEENS
A recording artist performs live during the opening night music showcase at the 2021 International Christian Film & Music Festival at the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive May 19, 2021. Photo: Damien Acevedo/Florida National News.

A recording artist performs live during the opening night music showcase at the 2021 International Christian Film & Music Festival at the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive May 19, 2021. Photo: Damien Acevedo/Florida National News.

MUSIC

  • BEST MUSIC VIDEO YOU GOTTA HAVE FAITH
  • 2ND PLACE DREAM
  • 3RD PLACE SAVE ME
  • HONORABLE MENTION ON THE OUTSIDE
  • AUDIENCE CHOICE OH JERUSALEM
  • BEST PERFORMING ARTIST ALISHA BURKE
  • BEST SONGWRITER ANNETTE DENTON

SCRIPTS

  • BEST SCRIPT PULLED FROM DARKNESS
  • 2ND PLACE THE WAY, THE TRUTH, THE LIFE
  • 3RD PLACE PASTENSE
  • HONORABLE MENTION LOVE AT FIRST CHRISTMAS
Actor/producer couple Cameron (left) and BJ Arnett (2nd from left) talk with Florida National News reporter Kathleen Michelle at the 2021 International Christian Film & Music Festival at the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive May 20, 2021. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

Actor/producer couple Cameron (left) and BJ Arnett (2nd from left) talk with Florida National News reporter Kathleen Michelle at the 2021 International Christian Film & Music Festival at the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive May 20, 2021. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

TV SHOWS

  • BEST TV SHOW/SERIES LOST LEGACY RECLAIMED: AUGUSTINE
  • BEST TV SHOW HOST BETH TOWNSEND, LIFE ON PURPOSE TV
  • BEST ACTOR ENRIQUE SELFA, LOST LEGACY RECLAIMED: AUGUSTINE
  • BEST ACTRESS JASMINE JACKSON, WALK A MILE IN MY SHOES
  • AUDIENCE CHOICE BJ TODAY WITH MAYOR DEANA INGRAHAM

ICFF PEOPLE’S CHOICE

  • ACTOR OF THE YEAR RICH SWINGLE
  • ACTRESS OF THE YEAR SHANNEN FIELDS
  • FILMMAKER OF THE YEAR CHRIS DOWLING
  • ARTIST OF THE YEAR ALLEN JOHNSON
  • SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR JEANNE DUKES

STUDENT FILMS

  • BEST STUDENT FILM LIFE
  • AUDIENCE CHOICE A CHRISTMAS DAY MIRACLE

ANIMATIONS

  • BEST ANIMATED FILM TORCHLIGHTERS: THE ST. PATRICK STORY
  • AUDIENCE CHOICE CUBEKINS, INVASION OF THE CUBECUMBERS

TRAILERS

  • BEST TRAILER BEFORE THE WRATH
  • AUDIENCE CHOICE FAITH, HOOP, & CHARITY

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People Magazine Reveals its ‘2020 People of the Year’

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This combination photo shows Dr. Anthony Fauci, actress-singer Selena Gomez, actress-director Regina King and actor-activist George Clooney, who were named “2020 People of the Year" by People Magazine. The four will be celebrated for their positive impact in the world during a challenging 2020. Clooney, Fauci, Gomez and King will be separately featured on the magazine covers of the issue, which is out Friday. (AP Photo)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — People magazine has named George Clooney, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Selena Gomez and Regina King as the “2020 People of the Year.”

The magazine revealed its list Wednesday morning as part of a year-end double issue with four covers. The four will be celebrated for their positive impact in the world during a challenging 2020.

Clooney, Fauci, Gomez and King will be separately featured on the magazine covers of the issue, which is out Friday.

Clooney has received some Oscar buzz for his upcoming film “The Midnight Sky,” but the actor was also in spotlight for his advocacy work. He donated $500,000 to the Equal Justice Initiative in wake of George Floyd’s death and $1 million for COVID-19 relief efforts in Italy, London and Los Angeles.

As the nation’s top infectious disease expert, Fauci provided steady guidance during the turbulent pandemic. As the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, he has been one of the nation’s leading sources of information about the fight against COVID-19.

Gomez released her chart-topping album “Rare” and hosted the cooking show “Selena + Chef” on HBO Max. But the pop superstar also spread her message of inclusion through her makeup brand Rare Beauty, which set the goal of raising $100 million in 10 years to help give people access to mental health initiatives.

King, who won an Emmy in September, used her voice to encourage people to vote. The actor also called for support of marginalized communities during the pandemic and end police brutality of unarmed Black people. Her directorial debut, “One Night in Miami,” has also been talked about as a possible Oscar contender.

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[VIDEO] R&B Greats Teddy Riley and Keith Sweat Crash MAJOR’s Essence Festival Interview

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NEW ORLEANS, La. (FNN NEWS) – The final night of the three-day sold-out 2018 Essence Festival was packed with top performers, including Janet Jackson, Fantasia, Teddy Riley and others at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome…but the action wasn’t only onstage or in the Superlounges.

Before or after stars would grace a stage, they would also do press junkets, and many did one-on-one interviews. Singer/songwriter MAJOR, who rose to fame with what has become the new wedding anthem, “This Is Why I Love You,” is one of the many artists who chose to do one-on-one interviews on the final night of the festival, and got a major surprise.

During MAJOR’s one-on-one interview with Florida National News, R&B legends Teddy Riley and Keith Sweat, who had just finished an interview with The Recording Academy, crashed the interview. MAJOR was instantly starstruck. He stopped the interview to greet and honor them both. When he tried to return to the interview, he was also greeted by Jeriel Johnson, Executive Director of The Recording Academy’s Washington, D.C. chapter, who MAJOR immediately calls out while the camera was still rolling. “Hey, brother. You didn’t call me not once…I was like, ‘oh, so you out here?'”

MAJOR was elaborating on his style influences when he got the surprise. Once the moment passed, he spoke about the power of Keith Sweat and Teddy Riley’s inspiration and influence on not only his music, but on everyone.

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Willie David and Mellissa Thomas contributed to this report. | news@floridanationalnews.com

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