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‘Brian Banks’ ATL Red Carpet Screening Featuring Sherri Shepherd And More

Aldis Hodge stars as Brian Banks.
Aldis Hodge stars as Brian Banks.

Last night, we were invited to attend an exclusive red carpet screening of ‘Brian Banks’ at SCADshow on behalf of ESSENCE, Bleecker Street and Liquid Soul.

The experience featured an exciting red carpet with Sherri Shepherd, the real, ‘Brian Banks‘ cast members, VIP celebrity friends, a full screening of the film and an insightful Q&A moderated by ESSENCE Entertainment Director, Cori Murray.

The inspirational true story of Brian Banks (Aldis Hodge), an All-American high school football star, committed to USC, who finds his life upended when he is wrongly convicted of a crime he didn’t commit. Despite lack of evidence, Banks is railroaded through a broken justice system and sentenced to a decade of prison and probation. Years later, with the support of Justin Brooks (Greg Kinnear) and the California Innocence Project, Banks fights to reclaim his life and fulfill his dreams of playing in the NFL.

Just as with “When They See Us’, it’s important everyone supports this film, especially young men of color. The film is a tear-jerker, but teaches lessons about faith, forgiveness, perserverance, and shows how broken the justice system is.

Again, we MUST support the film with our dollars. Our support proves to Hollywood that we want to see more quality films with similiar subject matters. When films like this are made, lives change and the truth is revealed. That’s the power of filmmaking.

Brian Banks opens in theatres August 9th. Buy out a theatre, find as many young men of color you can find and use the film as a teaching tool.

Check out the pics of the Atlanta red carpet premiere as well as my interview with Brian Banks and Sherri Shephard.

 Brian Banks
The amazing Brian Banks.
Sherri Shepherd, Brian Banks, and Essence Magazine's Entertainment Director, Cori Murray
Sherri Shepherd, Brian Banks, and Essence Magazine’s Entertainment Director, Cori Murray
Real Housewives of Atlanta's Kandi and Marlo.
Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Kandi and Marlo.
Marlo Hampton
Marlo Hampton
Kandi
Kandi
Brely Evans
Brely Evans of OWN’s ‘Ambitions’.
Clifton Powell
Clifton Powell of Saints and Sinners.
AZ Yeamen - Scriptwriter and Consulting Producer
AZ Yeamen – Scriptwriter and Consulting Producer
Zeus Luby of 'Brian Banks'.
Zeus Luby of ‘Brian Banks’.
Tyrone Poole – Two time superbowl champ who played with the N.E. Patriots.
Jasmine Burke - Saints and Sinners
Jasmine Burke – Saints and Sinners
Su Solo - Streets 94.5
Su Solo – Streets 94.5
Sherri Shepherd
Sherri Shepherd on stage during a Q&A.
Sherri Shepard, Keisha Knight Pulliam, Zeus
Sherri Shepard, Keisha Knight Pulliam, Zeus
Cast member, Kandi, Sherri Shepard, Kesha Knight Pulliam
Cast member, Kandi, Sherri Shepard, Kesha Knight Pulliam
Liquid Soul's Mike Whittley, Sherri, Cori of Essence Mag.
Liquid Soul’s Mike Whittley, Sherri, Cori of Essence Mag.
Rodney Perry and Sherri Perry
Essence Magazine's entertainment director Cori Murray interviewing Sherri Shephard.
Essence Magazine’s entertainment director Cori Murray interviewing Sherri Shephard.
An emotional scene by Aldis Hodge and Sherri Shephard as his mother.

Kim Ford and Cori Murray
I first met ESSENCE Entertainment Director, Cori Murray, over 10 years ago. Thanks for being the voice of many women of color.
Kim Ford at Brian Banks premiere
In theatres August 9th. Thanks for the invite Essence and Liquid Soul.

Photos: Terrence Carter, Paras Griffin of Getty Images

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