Oscar-nominated actress Mary J. Blige has been named the ambassador for this year’s American Black Film Festival (ABFF).
The festival will take place in Miami Beach from June 17 – 21.
According to Deadline, Blige will help bring media awareness to the ABFF’s mission and will also headline a one-on-one conversation during the Center Stage Talk series on June 18.
The discussion will reportedly spotlight Blige’s music career, her transition into film and television, and her life’s journey as one of the most successful artists of all time.
“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. 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,” said Blige.
“Mary J. Blige is a hip hop legend whose artistry has transcended into the film and TV industries. Her body of work personifies the ABFF mission, which is to celebrate and uplift the African American community through entertainment,” said Nicole Friday, General Manager of ABFF Ventures.
Previous ABFF ambassadors have included British actor Idris Elba, Tracee Ellis Ross, Regina Hall, La La Anthony, Jay Ellis, Morris Chestnut, Omari Hardwick, Common, and Taraji P. Henson.
Last month it was announced that Oscar winner Jamie Foxx would receive the Excellence in the Arts Award at the upcoming 2020 BBFF Honors set for February 23 in Los Angeles.