On June 13, the second day of the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) unfolded with a packed schedule of cinematic brilliance and insightful conversations, drawing a crowd eager to experience the festival’s offerings.

The excitement began with the world premiere of Unprisoned Season 2. As the audience settled in, the screening captivated everyone, immersing them in the series’ compelling narrative. Following the screening, Kerry Washington took the stage for a lively Q&A session moderated by Bevy Smith. Washington spoke passionately about the importance of therapy, saying, “I think if Jesus was alive and walking today, he would be in therapy.” Her words resonated deeply with the audience. She also charmed the Scandal fans, humorously offering to share behind-the-scenes details about her on-screen moments with Tony Goldwyn, clarifying it was “just my job.”

As the day continued, attendees gathered for a conversation with Nia Long titled Money & Mindfulness. Long’s insights into financial health and mental well-being sparked thoughtful discussions among the audience. Following this, the festival treated viewers to an exclusive first look at Tyler Perry’s Divorce in the Black, featuring Meagan Good and Cory Hardrict. A special video message from Tyler Perry added a personal touch to the event. Hardrict reflected on the festival’s importance, saying, “You can come down here and be celebrated, be heard, get your films shown, you can network. It’s a beautiful thing seeing people here every year. Jeff Friday has done this for us.”

As evening approached, the festival showcased the screening of the documentary Ol’ Dirty Bastard: A Tale of Two Dirtys, which explores the life of the Wu-Tang Clan founder. The film, executive produced by his son YDB, who wore a custom jacket in tribute to his father, provided a poignant and intimate look at the legendary rapper’s life.

“YDB” at the premiere of Ol’ Dirty Bastard: A Tale of Two Dirtys

The day wrapped up with a session featuring Miami’s own rap icon, day wrapped up with a session featuring Miami’s own rap icon, Trina, in Trina: Uncensored. Trina shared heartfelt stories about her journey in the music industry, the role of women in Hip Hop, her cultural impact, and her personal experiences with loss. Her candidness and resilience left a lasting impression on everyone present.

Trina at Uncensored Live with Trina Presented by TV One

Throughout the day, attendees participated in various interactive panels, discussing topics from representation in media to content acquisition and voice acting. The festival atmosphere was one of inspiration and community, as people from all walks of life came together to celebrate Black excellence in film and storytelling.

The American Black Film Festival continues to shine as a beacon of cultural pride and artistic achievement. As Day 2 came to a close, the sense of anticipation for the remaining days was palpable. This festival not only highlights the brilliance of Black cinema but also fosters a community where stories are celebrated, and dreams are nurtured.