Miami to host American Black Film Festival July 6-9
7/7/2011, 10:41 a.m.
"Breakout Kings" star Laz Alonso has teamed up with Cadillac for the American Black Film Festival and will be in the Cadillac Lounge. HBO, Grey Goose and Team Sizzle Worldwide lead a stellar group of corporate partners, including Cadillac, GMC Television Network, American Airlines, Gold Peak Tea, Wells Fargo and AT&T, as sponsors of the 15th annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF).
Taking place in beautiful South Beach Miami, Fla., July 6-9, the ABFF has again received strong support from returning as well as new sponsors on its landmark 15th anniversary. Said ABFF founder Jeff Friday, "Each year I am humbled by the outpouring of support that our sponsors demonstrate. It is a true testament to their commitment to go beyond the traditional boundaries of marketing partnerships by taking an active role in content integration, as well as new programs and events that heighten the festival experience for filmmakers, artists, industry executives and attendees."
Overjoyed first-time parents Tia Mowry and Cory Hardrict said hello to an eight-pound boy in Los Angeles on June 28. The actors have named their son Cree Taylor Hardrict. Tia's first-time pregnancy will be documented on "Tia and Tamera," a docu-series costarring her twin sister, Tamera, which debuts in August on the Style Network.
According to reports, Halle Berry went to family court on June 28, complaining her baby daddy, Gabriel Aubry, violated the custody agreement they struck over Nahla. To reinforce her point, her attorney submitted a lengthy court document claiming Aubry has put Nahla at risk. Sources say Berry is concerned for 3-year-old Nahla when she's in the care of Aubry. The lengthy documents go into great detail about Aubry's parenting skills, claiming there was one incident overseas when Aubry allegedly neglected Nahla, imperiling her safety.
My sources tell me that the upcoming ADCOLOR live event at Time Warner Center's fab Park Cafe in New York City will be the place to be. They plan to announce the 2011 ADCOLOR Industry Award honoree and a major celebrity will be honored when the ADCOLOR Conference kicks off in Los Angeles in September. There's still time to nominate candidates for the other categories, so check out www.nominate.adcolor.org. Past honorees include Queen Latifah and Magic Johnson. A special shout-out to my BFF Helen Shelton and Tiffany Warren, mastermind of ADCOLOR! Well done, ladies, and I will be there!
My main girl LaToya Jackson was in Chicago recently to promote her new memoir "Starting Over," and besides appearing on numerous TV shows, including WLS-Channel 7 and eating at Sunda, she had a book signing at the Barnes and Noble on Webster. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Gary, Ind., resident Gordon Keith stopped by the signing to say hello to Toy and bought a book, which she autographed. Keith was one of the owners of the now-defunct Steel Town Records that produced the Jackson Five's first hit song "Big Boy."