Florida’s Finest – February 24, 2017

Film director and producer F. Gary Gray received this year’s Excellence in the Arts Award from the American Black Film Festival. The “BET Presents the American Black Film Festival Honors’’ aired Wednesday night on BET and Centric. Films directed by Gray include “Friday’’ “Set It Off,’’ “The Italian Job’’ and “Straight Outta Compton.’’ He will direct the eighth installment of “The Fast and the Furious’’ films titled “The Fate of the Furious.’’

Writer, producer and actress Issa Rae received the Rising Star Award during the “BET Presents the American Black Film Festival Honors.” Rae started out online, but has transitioned to television and is now one of Hollywood’s much-watch talents. Rae’s HBO show, “Insecure,’’ has earned her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a TV Comedy or Musical.’’
(JAY L. CLENDENIN/LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS)

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