Actor Morris Chestnut (The Best Man Holiday, Nurse Jackie) has been announced as American Black Film Festivalâ€™s (ABFF) 2014 celebrity ambassador, and author/producer Tonya Lewis Lee (The Watsons Go To Birmingham) has been named Host Committee chair.
The 18th annual festival will be held June 19-22, 2014, in New York City.
â€œMorris Chestnut is a beloved and charismatic actor,â€ declares ABFF founderÂ Jeff Friday. â€œThe role of the ABFF Ambassador is to broaden public awareness of the festival as well as its mission, and you are about to see Morris everywhere with this weekâ€™s release of The Best Man Holiday — a must-see! I deeply appreciate both Morris and Tonyaâ€™s commitment to advance opportunities for Black artists in our industry.â€
The ABFF is a four-day event dedicated to showcasing quality films by and about people of African descent.
â€œItâ€™s an honor and privilege to be the ambassador of the ABFF, taking place this year in New York — a city that has inspired and cultivated so much great talent in all areas of film,â€ says Chestnut.