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Let me go on record right now and say that any time there’s a chance to see this piece of eye candy, the show event – whatever – will be a good one.

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The American Black Film Festival has announced that actor Omari Hardwick will be the 2013 Festival Ambassador, according to EURweb.

The ABFF will once again take place in Miami and it is in its 17th year, it continues to become not only a staple for up and coming filmmakers, but also for a “hot spot” for those who want to be seen. The five day festival takes the time to showcase, support and promote quality black films.

The festival’s founder and CEO Jeff Friday had this to say about Hardwick:

“Omari Hardwick is one of the most talented actors in Hollywood. He shares our vision for Black cinema and understands the importance of nurturing new artists and maintaining diverse voices in this business that sometimes overlooks those outside the mainstream. The role of the ABFF Ambassador is to broaden public awareness of the festival as well as its mission, which is to encourage collaboration and support between Hollywood and the independent film community.”

Hardwick seems like a great fit. He started acting back in 2001 in very small roles with his first big break coming in 2008 in Spike Lee’s Miracle at St. Anna. Since then, his career has taken off with parts in CSI: Miami, Dark Blue, For Colored Girls and Middle of Nowhere. He’s also the host of Centric’s Verses & Flow.

He also released a statement saying:

“I am beyond humbled for being asked to be the ambassador of such a legendary and established film festival that has been around for 17 years and counting. I have always been a fan of the work Jeff Friday has done within the film community and I look forward to sharing the wisdom, experience, creativity, and passion that I have to offer to the American Black Film Festival in 2013.”

This is a good look for Omari Hardwick as he continues to grow his brand.

The ABFF will be held June 19-23. If you’re a filmmaker, the deadline for narratives is March 1st and the deadline for documentaries is March 8th.

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