By Natasha

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Big news for Taraji P. Henson! As if her compete takeover of primetmime television wasn’t enough, the YBF chick has just added a prominent title to her plate. Find out about Taraji’s new gig inside…

The 19th annual American Black Film Festival is headed back to New York City this summer, and “Empire” star Taraji P. Henson has been named as the festival’s official Celebrity Ambassador.

Taraji is set to bring her star power (and sprinkle her ‘Cookie’ glitter) all around the HBO, TVOne, and Cadillac-sponsored festival, which takes place June 11-14, 2015 at the New York Hilton, AMC Empire 25 and the historic Ziegfeld Theater.

The TV and movie star said about her new gig:

“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.”

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.”

And that’s not all. We, here at, are proud to announce that we will serve as Media Sponsor for the 2015 ABFF! We’ll be on the scene throughout the festival, and will also serve as a judge for both the standup comedy competition and a film submission competition.

Follow this link: and enter code YBF2015 at checkout for a 10% discount on ABFF passes, including passes for all the celeb-packed events!

We hope to see you there! Follow all the updates at and here on and @TheYBFDaily!

Photos: Getty

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