Last night, the American Black Film Festival presented the ABFF Honors in Beverly Hills, and only “Extra’s” Tanika Ray was backstage with the winners!
“Black-ish” stars Tracee Ellis Ross and Deon Cole were on hand to accept the Television Comedy of the Year Award. When asked about directing her first episode of her hit ABC comedy, Tracee joked, “I got to direct. I directed Deon and myself and she was difficult. As an actor, she is tough!”
“Black-ish” and HBO’s “Insecure” shared the comedy award. “Insecure’s” star Issa Rae commented on both shows winning the award, laughing, “Black-ish has been super supportive, they’ve always shown love — and we’re happy to lose to them. With every single award, we’re happy to lose to them!”
Tanika also spoke backstage with “Power” star Omari Hardwick, who received the Distinguished ABFF Alumni Award. Omari shared how special it was to receive the award after struggling for some many years, saying, “I think about the days and the nights I spent kind of living between couches and living in a car, showering at the YMCA. It’s special to be honored by people who know you because you’re being honored by people who know you because they’re honoring something deeper than the work.”