The Los Angeles screening of the upcoming film Queen & Slim received the royal treatment during a star-studded event.
Debuting on the West Coast, filmmakers Lena Waithe and Melina Matsoukas presented the much-anticipated film to a wildly receptive audience. With Solange at the helm as mistress of ceremonies, the Black Hollywood elite traveled into the world of Queen & Slim.
Kelly Rowland, Lance Gross (“Star”), Michael Ealy (“Stumptown”), Miguel and Estelle were among the invited guests on hand to enjoy the film. And the film’s co-star, Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, joined the audience to observe reactions up-close and personal.
Also among the night’s guests were Kendrick Sampson (“Insecure”), Keith Powers (“The New Edition Story”) DeWanda Wise (She’s Gotta Have It), Lil Rel Howery (Southside), Logan Browning (“Dear White People”), Will Catlett (“Black Lightning”) and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, (Us) Y’lan Noel (“Insecure”) and Isis King (When They See Us).
Queen & Slim is the story of a Black couple on a less than successful first date in Ohio. Soon after, the couple is pulled over for a minor traffic infraction. The situation escalates, and the man kills the police officer in self-defense. Terrified and in fear of their lives, the couple goes on the run. But the incident is captured on video and goes viral, and the couple unwittingly become a symbol of trauma, terror, grief, and pain for people across the country.
Queen & Slim releases in theaters on Wednesday, Nov. 27.