Inside the 19th Annual American Black Film Festival

We’re on location in New York City at the 19th annual American Black Film Festival, where we get up-close and personal with this year’s Ambassador Taraji P. Henson. She talks about kicking down the doors of Hollywood, maintaining longevity in the industry and her journey to becoming one of America’s leading black actress. Then, we hear what goes on behind-the-scenes of some of today’s most successful television shows, listening directly from the creators, producers and writers who know. In a panel discussion called “The Life of a Showrunner,” Alfred Edmond, editor-at-large for Black Enterprise, moderates a discussion with Janine Sherman Barrois, Chris Spencer, Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil. And finally, we go inside the hit primetime sitcom “Black-ish.” Larry Wilmore moderates a discussion with writer/creator Kenya Barris and the show’s co-star Tracee Ellis Ross. Hear their candid talk about the first season of what’s many people consider a groundbreaking show.