The American Black Film Festival Honors (ABFF Honors) will be held in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 5th with Emmy-nominated writer and comedian, Deon Cole as host. This will be Cole's second year hosting since the 2020 awards ceremony.
ABFF Honors is an annual awards season gala dedicated to saluting excellence in the motion picture and television industry. The ceremony celebrates Black culture by recognizing individuals who have made distinguished contributions to American entertainment through their work as well as those who champion diversity and inclusion in Hollywood. In addition to the tributes, the show presents a competitive award for “Movie of the Year” and a “Classic Television Award” in recognition of a time-honored series that has made an indelible impact on audiences.
Cole has been in the TV, writing, and comedy business for nearly fifteen years. Some of his past work includes writing for Conan, "Old Spice" commercial partnerships, recurring roles in Black-ish, and Comedy Central stand up and release Netflix specials.
This past November, he released his one-hour Netflix special Charleen’s Boy. In 2019, his original comedy special Deon Cole: Cole Hearted also ran on Netflix following the success of his appearance in The Standups. His earlier work includes a one-hour special Deon Cole: Cole Blooded Seminar and his stand-up documentary Workin’ It Out.
Previous recipients of the ABFF Honors include Denzel Washington, Ava DuVernay, Regina King, Tiffany Haddish, Ryan Coogler, Don Cheadle, Will Packer, Queen Latifah, Lena Waithe, Terrence Howard, F. Gary Gray, Billy Dee Williams, Issa Rae, Omari Hardwick, Louis Gossett Jr, Diahann Carroll and the casts of shows Martin, The Wire, Hollywood Shuffle and Love Jones.