Yesterday the ABFF announced that Oscar-nominated Taraji. P Henson will be the 19th annual American Black Film Festival’s celebrity ambassador. 

The film festival will take place between June 11-14, 2015 in three various locations in New York City including:  the Hilton, AMC Empire 25 and the Ziegfeld theater. Taraji said:

I want to thank Jeff Friday and everyone at ABFF for the honor of serving as your 2015 Ambassador. It is a privilege to join my fellow filmmakers to celebrate and support Black artists and the artistry that resides in all of us.

With amazing performances in Baby Boy, Hustle and Flow and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, for which she was nominated for an Academy award, Taraji has become a full-fledged star and is currently starring on the Fox drama Empire. ABFF Founder Jeff Friday said:

I have a great deal of admiration and respect for Taraji. She is one of the industry’s finest actors and has a true sense of community; allowing others to stand in her light. We are extremely pleased to have her as our 2015 Ambassador.

-Nishat Baig