Black Celebs Show Out At The BET 17th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival

| September 20, 2013 | 0 Comments
Rickey Smiley, Derek Luke, Jill Scott, Paula Patton, David E. Talbert

Rickey Smiley, Derek Luke, Jill Scott, Paula Patton, David E. Talbert

Words by Alyson Robinson

BET Network presented the 17th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival last night at the SVA Theatre in Manhattan. Opening the festival was the lively screening of the anticipated romantic comedy “Baggage Claim.”

Lyn Talbert, David E. Talbert

Lyn Talbert, David E. Talbert
Jill Scott, Jennifer Williams

Jill Scott, Jennifer Williams

Director David E. Talbert presented the film along with his wife and executive producer, Lyn Talbert. Cast members, which included Paula Patton, Derek Luke, Jill Scott, Jenifer Lewis and Rickey Smiley, were also at the festival and participated in the post-screening Q&A which was moderated by entertainment editor of The Grio, Chris Witherspoon.

Paula Patton

Paula Patton

Rickey Smiley

Rickey Smiley

Stacy Spikes, the founder of Urbanworld, welcomed the audience and the executive director, Gabrielle Glore followed up with remarks.

Ariane Davis

Ariane Davis

Sean Ringgold

Sean Ringgold

The after-party featured performances by Luke James, Yummy Bingham and more. The Urbanworld Festival continues today with spotlight screenings of VH1’s “Funding The Funk, They Die By Dawn” and BET’s “Gun Hill” starring festival ambassador Larenz Tate.

Jenifer Lewis

Jenifer Lewis

Derek Luke with wife Sophia

Derek Luke with wife Sophia

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Big Daddy Kane

Big Daddy Kane

Tickets are still available at www.urbanworld.org.

Photo credit: Terrence Jennings, Stephen Knight

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