There was a lot of black love on display during the festival from the sweet blended family LeToya Luckett showcased on the red carpet with her new husband and stepdaughter, to the Fridays, to Ryan Coogler referencing how his wife’s faith in him helped him with self-doubt. The OWN show Black Love, created by married couple Tommy and Codie Oliver, has become extremely popular and the panelists dropped plenty of gems on the audience.
Black Love participants Michael Jai White and his wife and former NFL player turned family vlogger Devale Ellis and his wife were panelists along with the Olivers. Boris Kodjoe even chimed in to answer an audience question, although he wasn’t on the panel. The group talked honestly about their own triumphs and struggles and White, in particular had a message for young men out there, encouraging them to prioritize being better men instead of following patterns of toxic masculinity.
Already a disappointment at the box office, the ABFF crowd took the remake of the 1972 film in stride as the dumb fun it was intended to be. Unfortunately, most of the viewing audience outside of ABFF, who actually had to pay to see the movie, found it less than appealing. Its star, Trevor Jackson, won’t lose his career over it, although his hair may be the ultimate victim as anyone can tell you, growing out a perm is rough. Actress Lex Scott-Davis, who played Toni Braxton in the Lifetime movie, is likely the breakout newcomer of the festival, as she had memorable turns in Superfly and The First Purge.