The American Black Film Festival, ABFF, premieres tonight on BET Network at 8:00pm ET/7:00pm CT.

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The annual event will honor actor and director Denzel Washington with the “Hollywood Legacy Award,” rapper turned actress Queen Latifah with the “Entertainment Icon Award,” writer, producer and actress Issa Rae with the “Rising Star Award,” film director and producer F. Gary Gray with the “Excellence in the Arts Award” and actor  Terrence Howard with the “Excellence in the Arts Award.”

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Viola DavisCommonPharrell WilliamsLee Daniels, Morris ChestnutOmari Hardwick and Anika Noni Rose and took the stage as presenters while Maxwell and Dionne Farris performed their hits from the film “Love Jones,” which received the “Classic Cinema Award.”

Special appearances include Cecily Tyson, Jay EllisKofi SiriboeNia Long, Larenz Tate, Alexandra Shipp, Luke James, Kylie Bunbury and more.

Click HERE for interviews from the ABFF Honors gold carpet!

“BET Presents the American Black Film Festival Honors” is executive produced by ABFF Ventures founder Jeff Friday, Suzanne de Passe and Madison Jones for de Passe Jones Entertainment, Jesse Collins for Jesse Collins Entertainment, and Connie Orlando, Stephen G. Hill and Debra Lee for BET Networks.

Videography and editing: Juan Anthony Photography.