Hollywood’s Luminary Black Achievers Honored at 2018 ABFF

Hollywood’s Luminary Black Achievers Honored at 2018 ABFF

Now in its third consecutive year of presentation, the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) Honors annually celebrates individuals of African descent who have made significant, distinguished contributions to American culture through their work in the industry, while saluting the preceding year’s best motion pictures and television shows. Hilton, stepped up once again in celebrating black excellence, serving as an official sponsor of the American Black Film’s Festival’s ABFF Honors gala dinner, held Sunday evening, February 25 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California.

For 2018, the show fittingly honored legendary actor Billy “Dee” Williams with its Hollywood Legacy Award, and actor Omari Hardwick with the Distinguished ABFF Alumni Award, while feting comic-actress Tiffany Haddish with the Rising Star Award. Noted screenwriter, producer and director Ava Duvernay was a recipient of the Industry Visionary Award.

Accomplished actor and Hilton brand ambassador Laz Alonso (left) joins 2018 ABFF Honors Hollywood Legacy Award recipient Billy “Dee” Williams here, as the duo are all smiles representing the black Hollywood of today, and of yesteryear. Celebrating our stories, Williams was interviewed by Alonso in Hilton’s Green Room at this years’ ABFF Honors, hosted at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles on Sunday evening, February 25 (Photo by Maya A. Darasaw/MAD Works Photography).


The ABFF Honors is an integral component of the Hilton’s 2018 multicultural marketing campaign, Celebrating Your Stories, which recognizes and celebrates the legacies, stories and accomplishments of African American individuals and organizations. “When we take stock of the richness of the diversity of our country, we at Hilton recognize that cultural mosaic, its beauty and its perspectives. We respect it, we embrace it and honor its uniqueness year ‘round,” said Andrea Richardson, Director of Multicultural and Diversity Engagement, Hilton. “Hilton is proud to say that whether it’s with our support of this event, or extending to our valued guests worldwide, this is who and what we are, and what we want to represent.”

Pictured above, as the company supported and took in the regal talent and festivities assembled in Hilton’s Green Room at the 2018 American Black Film Festival’s 2018 ABFF Honors are (from left), Stephanie Atiase, Sr. Director, Strategy for Hilton, Andrea Richardson, Director of Multicultural and Diversity Engagement, Hilton and Mike Hollman, VP, Finance for Hilton and his wife, Dana Tignor. The highly anticipated annual awards show was hosted at the luxurious Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles on Sunday evening, February 25 (Photo by Maya A. Darasaw/MAD Works Photography).

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