*The 17th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival was the latest incarnation of what has become a Mecca of black and urban film-drawing upon content featuring, created and funded by some brightest African Americans minds in entertainment.
Each year Urbanworld projects are becoming more and more mainstream, with artists who are recognized by broader demographic circles than ever before. As usual, the selection was as varied as the hues of the Diaspora.
This year a vast portion of the spotlight fell upon David E. Talbert’s “Baggage Claim” which featured a slew of entertainers who find themselves among black America’s favorite personalities: including Paula Patton, Derek Luke, Taye Diggs, Jill Scott, Ricky Smiley, Boris Kodjoe, Jenifer Lewis and many others. We have footage from the likes of Questlove, Jeffrey Wright (“Boardwalk Empire), Michael Kenneth Williams (Boardwalk Empire), Larenz Tate and more. In the meantime, check out the footage shot from the red carpet.
Below is footage from the red carpet featuring cast members Jennifer Lewis and Rickey Smiley, Jennifer Williams (formerly of “Basketball Wives”) and the director/writer of “Baggage Claim,” David Talbert