Issa Rae Named as Creative Director for 2024 ABFF

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Everyone’s favorite media mogul, Issa Rae, has just been named as the creative director for the 2023 American Black Film Festival. She will be working with the organization to curate the festival’s upcoming program.

According to Variety, the announcement was made via a statement from the event’s organizers.

“Throughout the course of her career, Issa Rae has made an indelible impact within the entertainment ecosystem ranging from her wide array of roles – in front of and behind the camera – to her fierce advocacy for equitable representation and opportunities for Black creatives,” said ABFF co-founders and producers Nicole and Jeff Friday. “We couldn’t think of a better partner to help us continue to embody the ABFF mission of showcasing Black talent — and discovering and amplifying new voices.”

Last year, Rae served as the festival’s ambassador and even previewed her newest show, Rap Sh!t. At the time, she shared the importance of the festival when it comes to putting Black TV and films on the forefront.

“There’s no other festival highlighting us in this way, highlighting our film, highlighting our television shows, and it’s in an elegant way,” Rae told Variety. “That’s what I admire so much about this particular festival — it’s so intentional. Even thinking about the awards that they do later, ABFF as a brand is so solid, and I feel proud of having my work showcased here.”

The upcoming American Black Film Festival takes place from June 12 – 16, 2024 in Miami Beach.