Airing Tonight: The Star-Studded 'BET Presents the American Black Film Festival Honors' (Watch Previews)
Photo Credit: BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 17: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been shot in black and white. Color version not available.) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BET Debra Lee, actor Cicely Tyson, honoree Denzel Washington and actor Viola Davis attend BET Presents the American Black Film Festival Honors on February 17, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images for BET)
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Airing Tonight: The Star-Studded 'BET Presents the American Black Film Festival Honors' (Watch Previews)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 17: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been shot in black and white. Color version not available.) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BET Debra Lee, actor Cicely Tyson, honoree Denzel Washington and actor Viola Davis attend BET Presents the American Black Film Festival Honors on February 17, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images for BET)
BET CEO Debra Lee, Cicely Tyson, honoree Denzel Washington and actor Viola Davis attend BET Presents the American Black Film Festival Honors on February 17, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images for BET)

Tonight, BET Networks and American Black Film Festival (ABFF)’s “BET Presents the American Black Film Festival Honors” annual ceremony, which taped in Los Angeles on Friday, February 17th, airs tonight on BET and Centric, Wednesday, February 22nd at 8:00PM ET.

Hosted by actress and director Regina Hall, the show honors actor and director Denzel Washington with the “Hollywood Legacy Award;” writer, producer and actress Issa Rae with the “Rising Star Award;” film director and producer F. Gary Gray with the “Excellence in the Arts Award;” and actor and singer, Terrence Howard with the “Excellence in the Arts Award.”

Also, Viola Davis, Common, Pharrell Williams, Lee Daniels, Morris Chestnut, Omari Hardwick and Anika Noni Rose take the stage as presenters, while Maxwell and Dionne Farris perform their hits from the film “Love Jones,” which received the “Classic Cinema Award.”

There are also special appearances by Cecily Tyson, Jay Ellis, Kofi Siroboe, Nia Long, Larenz Tate, Alexandra Shipp, Luke James, Kylie Bunbury and many more…

“BET Presents the American Black Film Festival Honors,” set to be a highlight of the Hollywood Awards season and Black History Month, is executive produced by ABFF Ventures founder Jeff Friday, Suzanne de Passe and Madison Jones for de Passe Jones Entertainment, Jesse Collins for Jesse Collins Entertainment, and Connie Orlando, Stephen G. Hill and Debra Lee for BET Networks.

For more information about the 2017 ABFF Honors, log on to www.ABFFHonors.com.

Below, watch previews of acceptance speeches by Denzel Washington (“Hollywood Legacy Award”) and Issa Rae (“Rising Star Award”) :

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