Posted by | Ray Cornelius

CONGRATS to recent SAG winner Denzel Washington, Golden Globe nominated-actress and producer Issa Rae and acclaimed director F. Gary Gray. All three will be recognized during this year’s telecast of “BET Presents The American Black Film Festival Honors.” It takes place on Wednesday, February 22 at 8 p.m. at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA.

According to the official press release, Washington will recognized for his outstanding career achievements with the coveted “Hollywood Legacy Award.” He is by far one of the most celebrated actors of our time and is currently basking in the glow of his latest film project, “Fences,” which is up for Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards. He is also nominated for Best Actor and is currently working on the HBO production of August Wilson‘s, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.”

Rae, who made a splash in 2016 with her HBO series “Insecure,” will pick up the “Rising Star Award” and she is so deserving. She successfully transitioned from web series creator to talk show host to the star of her own cable series. It’s no wonder she was named one of FORBES 30 Under 30 in entertainment in 2014.

Gray has been grinding in Hollywood since the 1980s and isn’t slowing down anytime soon. He has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry including Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Spacey, Queen Latifah, Charlize Theron and John Travolta. He directed the 2015 box office smash, “Straight Outta Compton” and will be spearheading the 8th installment to the “Fast and Furious” franchise.

“BET’s ABFF Honors” mission is to celebrate Black culture by honoring individuals, movies and television shows that have had a significant impact on American entertainment, as well as the people who are proponents of championing diversity and inclusion in Hollywood.

The annual event will be hosted by actress Regina Hall.

Stay tuned…

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