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All my crushes and inspirations are in this room, so holler at me,” actress Issa Rae said shortly after accepting her award for rising star at the American Black Film Festival Honors.

Hosted by actress Regina Hall at the Beverly Hilton, the ABFF Honors celebrate and uplift black actors, entertainers and artists, especially crucial just a year after the #OscarsSoWhite controversy illuminated the lack of diversity and inclusivity at Hollywood’s most prestigious awards shows.

“I’m so grateful that ABFF, which is actually the first festival to have my work online, continues to remember us when so many people tend to forget us,” Rae said.

The ceremony was filmed on Feb. 17 but wasn’t broadcast on BET until Wednesday night.

Denzel Washington, Queen Latifah and Terrence Howard were among the night’s other top honorees, receiving the coveted Hollywood Legacy, Entertainment Icon, and Excellence in the Arts awards, respectively. Director F. Gary Gray also took home an Excellence in the Arts award.

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source:  LA Times/Sonaiya Kelley

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