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Miami Events - July 2011


American Black Film Festival 

When: July 6-9

Where: Various theaters and venues in Miami Beach 

Founded in 1997, the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) is an annual four-day event that promotes recognition, education, and development of Black film in the international market. The program usually includes narratives, documentaries, features, and shorts – all of which are world premieres. Supporting artists and executives alike, the ABFF offers workshops, panel discussions, and industry seminars. Through these additions to its showcases, the ABFF provides a local and international foundation for its promotion of diversity and acknowledgment within the film industry. 

The ABFF brings together about 4,000 film fans, artists, and executives each year. In addition to film, the ABFF partners with corporations to promote their multicultural initiatives, services and products. Through this collaboration, the event opens networking opportunities for newcomers to expand their audience and achieve recognition. The ABFF has become the leading source for urban and African American independent film distribution; it is held each summer in Miami.

The 2011 ABFF begins on Wednesday, July 6 and runs through Saturday, July 9. It will be hosted at the Ritz-Carlton in South Beach (1 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach) and screenings will be held at the Colony (1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach) and Miami Beach Cinematheque (512 Espanola Way, Miami Beach) theaters. The closing night gala, which includes an awards ceremony and a tribute, will be held at the Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater (1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach). Passes to attend include an “All Access Pass,” which provides entry to all official festival events, and a “Prestige Pass,” which provides additional access to VIP events. Passes can be purchased at the Box Office page on the ABFF website.

Taste of the Nation: Miami

When: July 7; 6 p.m. VIP/7 p.m. GA – 10 p.m. 

Where: The Fairmount at Turnberry Isle – 19999 West Country Club Road, Aventura

With 100% of ticket sales dedicated to ending childhood hunger, Taste of the Nation is the yummiest way to contribute to charity. Since1988, Taste of the Nation has brought together chefs and thousands of participants to collaborate with their talent, dedication, and taste buds. Past contributors have included national celebrity chefs and mix-ologists including David Burke, Stephan Pyles, Tony Abou-Ganim, Bravo’s Top Chef Tom Collichio, as well as Food Network stars Tyler Florence and Emeril Lagasse.

Renowned local chefs also participate in the event, preparing the night’s tasty delights. This year’s neighborhood taste connoisseurs will be Miami’s own Allen Susser and Andre Bienvenu of Joe’s Stone Crab.

With over two decades of fundraising, Taste of the Nation has raised over $73 million for various anti-hunger organizations in the U.S. The event will take place in the Fairmount Turnberry (19999 West Country Club Road, Aventura) and will begin at 7 p.m. with a VIP Champagne Reception at 6 p.m. The presale tickets for the 2011 event can be bought on the Taste of the Nation website and are $100 for General Admission and $200 for VIP Admission; the door price is $250 VIP and $125 GA.


Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim

When: July 14-18

Where: The Raleigh Hotel – 1775 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach 

Itty-bitty bikinis are not an uncommon sight in Miami Beach. But even South Florida’s sandy shores are no match for theMercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim runways, where skimpy beachwear meets high fashion. The annual event previews the coming year’s fashion do’s in all things swimwear, featuring internationally A-listed collections.

This year’s Fashion Week starts off with an opening party on July 14th and the Deisel runway show. Taking a mere glance at the lineup, the week promises four days of premier back-to-back runway shows featuring collections by:  White Sands Australia, Poko Pano, Beach Bunny Swimwear, Crystal Jin, L*Space by Monica Wise, Wildfox Swimwear, Caffé Swimwear, Dolores Cortés, Mara Hoffman Swim, Aqua Di Lara, A Ché, Natori, Cia.Marítima, Luli Fama, Luxe by Lisa Vogel, Lisa Blue, Aguaclara, Aquarella, A.Z Araujo, Kooey Swimwear Australia, Nicolita and True Religion.

Throughout the five days, over 12,000 buyers, VIPs, journalists, and fashion enthusiasts will gather at the Raleigh Hotel (1775 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) for this exclusive fashion affair. Designer presentations (and cocktails) will be served in during this invitation-only event at the Raleigh’s Historic Pool and Penthouse. For more information visit their website.


Zo’s Summer Groove

When: July 22-24

Where: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood; LIV at the Fontainebleau, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

This year, NBA hero Alonzo Mourning hosts the 15th Summer Groove, one of Miami’s largest summertime events. Aiming to provide activities for anyone and everyone, the Groove has a variety of events including golf, concerts, a benefit dinner, a youth summit, a (free) block party, a comedy show, and a concert by R & B songstress Alicia Keys.

The Summer Groove has raised millions for local charities and programs supported by Alonzo Mourning Charities. Tickets and information for individual events are on the Groove’s website at