PRESS ROOM: Hilton Joins in Honoring Hollywood’s Luminary Black Achievers at 2018 ABFF Honors

(From left-right) ABFF Honors honoree Omari Hardwick, noted actor and Hilton brand ambassador Laz Alonso, award-winning comic-actress and fellow honoree Tiffany Haddish and ABFF founder Jeff Friday take a moment to enjoy the camaraderie in the Hilton Celebrates Suite at the event, held at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 25. (Maya A. Darasaw/MAD Works Photography).


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MCLEAN, Va. – Hilton, stepped up once again in celebrating Black excellence, serving as an official sponsor of the American Black Film’s Festival’s ABFF Honors gala dinner, held Sunday evening, February 25 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California.

Now in its third consecutive year of presentation, the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) Honors annually celebrates individuals of African descent who have made significant, distinguished contributions to American culture through their work in the industry, while saluting the preceding year’s best motion pictures and television shows.

For 2018, the show fittingly honored legendary actor Billy “Dee” Williams with its Hollywood Legacy Award, and actor Omari Hardwick with the Distinguished ABFF Alumni Award, while feting comic-actress Tiffany Haddish with the Rising Star Award. Noted screenwriter, producer and director Ava Duvernay was a recipient of the Industry Visionary Award.

[/media-credit] Stephanie Atiase, the Senior Director for Strategy for Hilton; Andrea Richardson, the Director of Multicultural and Diversity Engagement for Hilton; Dana Tignor, the wife of Mike Hollman; and Mike Hollman, the Vice President of Finance for Hilton, pause for a photograph during the 2018 American Black Film Festival’s 2018 ABFF Honors held at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 25. (Maya A. Darasaw/MAD Works Photography)

The ABFF Honors is an integral component of the Hilton’s 2018 multicultural marketing campaign, Celebrating Your Stories, which recognizes and celebrates the legacies, stories and accomplishments of African American individuals and organizations.

“When we take stock of the richness of the diversity of our country, we at Hilton recognize that cultural mosaic, its beauty and its perspectives. We respect it, we embrace it and honor its uniqueness year ‘round,” said Andrea Richardson, Director of Multicultural and Diversity Engagement, Hilton. “Hilton is proud to say that whether it’s with our support of this event, or extending to our valued guests worldwide, this is who and what we are, and what we want to represent.”

Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 5,200 properties with more than 856,000 rooms, in 105 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company’s portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, and free standard Wi-Fi. Visit for more information, and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.

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