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The stars were out in Beverly Hills August 7th through 10th for the 12th Annual American Black Film Festival.

The festival not only showcases independent film but also provides an opportunity for aspiring filmmakers and actors to learn about their craft from Hollywood’s accomplished celebs. Among the distinguished guests this year were Halle Berry, Angela Bassett, Sanaa Lathan, Mos Def, and many more.

During a Q&A panel session on Saturday evening, actor Michael Ealy (Barbershop, Miracle at St.Ana_) made a request that everyone pause for a moment of silence for Bernie Mac. His fellow panelists were producer Wil Packer (_Stomp the Yard, This Christmas_), producer QD3 – otherwise known as Quincy Jones Jr. – and actor Nate Parker (_The Great Debaters) who worked with Bernie Mac in the film Pride. Parker learned of Bernie Mac’s Death via a text message and implored the audience never to deliver such grave news via text.

This was the second year in which the festival was held in Los Angeles.

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