American Black Film Festival returns to Greater Miami and The Beaches with a three-year commitment starting with Festival’s 20th Anniversary June 15-19, 2016
MIAMI – Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) President & CEO William D. Talbert, III, CDME and American Black Film Festival (ABFF) Founder Jeff Friday officially announced today (Aug. 13th) the return to Miami of the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) June 15-19, 2016.
The ABFF will celebrate its 20th anniversary with an exciting line-up of film screenings and an extensive schedule of events and networking opportunities to be announced in the months ahead. The highly anticipated ABFF is considered the nation’s largest gathering of Black film and TV enthusiasts.
“We are thrilled with the return of the American Black Film Festival to Miami and look forward to welcoming the thousands of attendees expected for this highly anticipated event,” said Talbert. “The diverse multicultural fabric of our community will provide the ideal setting for the festival’s 2016 milestone celebration.”
The 2016 ABFF will coincide with the GMCVB’s fourth annual Miami Film Month and includes a commitment by the ABFF to hold their annual event in Miami for the next three years. “I am so happy to celebrate the American Black Film Festival’s 20th anniversary in Miami next year,” said ABFF Founder Jeff Friday.
“Aside from being one of the most desirable destinations in the world and a big attraction for festival-goers, the community has always embraced ABFF and its mission to showcase and provide a platform for African Americans in film and television. 2016 marks our eleventh festival in Miami and I’m proud to call the GMCVB a committed partner. We look forward to the celebratory four day weekend with tremendous enthusiasm – it’s great to be back!”
Attending church has truly change over the years. One single mother from Tampa, Florida, was church demanded to pay $1,000 in delinquent tithes or be removed from the church’s roll.
According to WFTS-TV, Candace Petterson began attending Greater Mount Moriah Primitive Baptist Church in February 2015.
However, she recently received a notice from the church which claims that she owes $1,000 and must pay in order to remain a member. The church requires that members pay a $50 monthly fee along with a $250 anniversary fee and $150 Mount Moriah Day fee.
The church wanted Petterson’s kids to pay up, too. Her 11-year-old daughter was required to pay $5 per month and two annual $15 fees.
Petterson posted her $1,000 bill from the church on her Facebook page and was blasted by some church members who viewed her act as being a “disobedient” Christian.
Patterson wrote: “if I knew a church charged 50.00 a month I would have never joined…especially if I’m a single parent trying to make ends meet…”
The church maintains that the money is used to pay off the church’s debt. However, it’s illegal for a church to require members to tithe if the church is tax exempt.
Patterson told ABC News, “It’s like you say to me, if you want to be a member of this church, you need to pay this. If you want to find God, it don’t say anything like that in the Bible.”
Petterson is currently looking for a new place of worship.
(Reuters) – Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been stripped of the welterweight world title he won after beating Filipino Manny Pacquiao this year for failing to comply with rules, the World Boxing Organization said on Monday.
The flamboyant boxer, who improved to 48-0 by beating Pacquiao in May, missed a deadline by which he had to pay a $200,000 sanctioning fee from the fight and vacate the junior middleweight title he also held, the WBO said in a statement.
The requirement set forth by the WBO, states that he could not hold two world titles in multiple weight classes and that Mayweather had to indicate which weight division he would retain.
Mayweather, who finished ahead on all three scorecards of what proved to be the top-grossing prize fight of all-time, had until 4:30 p.m. ET last Friday to advise the WBO of his position.
“The WBO World Championship Committee is allowed no other alternative but to cease to recognize Mr. Floyd Mayweather, Jr. as the WBO Welterweight Champion of the World and vacate his title, for failing to comply with our WBO Regulations of World Championship Contests,” the WBO said in a statement.
Mayweather, who earned over $200 million from the fight which generated a record pay-per-view revenue in the United States of $400 million, has two weeks to launch an appeal.
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BET Networks on Thursday took the wraps off its 2015-16 upfront slate, a blend of scripted series and reality shows designed to further strengthen BET‘s status as the top network for African Americans.
Among the more high-profile newcomers are: “Chasing Destiny,” an all-female singing-competition series starring Kelly Rowland (Destiny’s Child); “DeSean Jackson: Home Team,” an unscripted show about the women who manage the professional and personal affairs of Washington’s $24 million wide receiver and return specialist; and “Zoe Moon,” a rom-com starring Brandy Norwood as a cosmetics mogul who dives back into the dating pool after divorcing her prizefighter husband.
Ms. Norwood will also suit up for the ninth and final season of BET’s “The Game,” which premieres Wednesday, June 3. Also coming back for a return engagement is the one-hour Gabrielle Union drama “Being Mary Jane,” which was awarded a third season back in February, and Kevin Hart’s sendup of reality shows, “Real Husbands of Hollywood,” which kicks off its fourth season this fall.
“We continue to give our viewers what they want — high quality content that respects, reflects and elevates them.” said Debra Lee, Chairman and CEO, BET Networks, who added that the company has invested in more original programming than at any other time in its 35-year history.
BET also has four movies in the works from Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit Entertainment, the production company that recently re-branded the company’s sibling network, Centric, as the “first network designed for black women.”
As Michele Thornton, senior VP of ad sales at Centric notes, African-American women boast an aggregate buying power of $260 billion and watch more TV than women from any other ethnic group.
Source: Ad Age
Bajan singer Rihanna shocked e veryone by showing up naked to the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards at the Lincoln Center in New York on Monday, June 2. Rihanna turned heads and dropped jaws in a see-through, leave-nothing-to-the-imagination fishnet gown by designer Adam Selman.
Rihanna accessorized her garment with a pink fur shrug and diamond jewelry courtesy of Jacob & Co. She did not offer any apologies for her attention-seeking behavior. She also took home the Fashion Icon Award! Click to see Pictures below!
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Bravo TV hit reality show “Married to Medicine” has welcome a newcomer Lisa Nicole Cloud, who welcome a vast crowd at the upscale 12 Hotel in Atlanta, on Friday night. The charming and delightful Cloud, shared her professional demenor to all guests throughout the viewing of her upcoming episode.
The multifaceted, multimillionaire businesswoman, who runs a massive fashion and sales empire, held nothing back from her guests. The event was managed and executed with much professional details. Cloud unveil herself on the popular Bravo TV show with a glamorous celebration. The 12 hotel ballroom, completely cloaked in turquoise and alabaster, was the embodiment of sophistication and refinement that Cloud and the women of “Married to Medicine” personify.
Cloud and her husband, Dr. Darren Naugles, were joined by her lovely children and “Married to Medicine” Season 2 cast Quad Webb-Lunceford, Dr. Simone Whitmore, Toya Bush-Harris, Dr. Jacqueline Walters, Dr. Heavenly Kimes, Fashion Designer Reco Chapple — and even Kari Wells from season 1.
Source and Photo Credit: Rolling Out