JODIE & GABOUREY: Oscars Finest Support P&G’s “My Black Is Beautiful” Premiere ScreeningBy Delaina Dixon | April 22, 2013 | Entertainment
Academy Award winner Jodie Foster and Academy Award nominee Gabourey Sidibe descended upon the Crosby Hotel in New York City yesterday for the premiere screening of Imagine a Future, a documentary which follows one young black woman, 17-year-old Janet Goldsboro, as she explores her African roots and heritage and learns for herself that her black is indeed, beautiful. The afternoon was part of Tribeca Film Festival 2013.
Jodie, who was there to support the documentary’s production team, slipped quietly into the crowd, casually dressed in a striped top, hoodie and sneakers. She posed on the carpet with fellow Oscar alum Gabourey, who sparkled in an IGG dress.
“I’m here to support [documentary producer] Lisa Cortes, who worked on my first film, Precious. I have some much respect and admiration for her,” Gabourey shared with the DivaGals. “I also took part in the film.”
The “My Black Is Beautiful” campaign, sponsored by Procter & Gamble, in partnership with with Black Girls Rock! And UNCF, introduced the “Imagine a Future” initiative last year, encouraging the celebration of black girls and women across the globe.
It was standing-room-only in Crosby’s screening room, as people watched Janet travel to South Africa to visit historical landmarks. Watching this young woman, who had struggled with accepting her own beauty, change her perception and speak on her personal growth on the afternoon’s panel, was moving and thought-provoking.
The 37-minute film will debut on BET and CENTRIC, and be available on www.YouTube.com and for download, along with discussion points to foster conversation, at www.myblackisbeautiful.com, to empower and connect black women to create change in themselves and their communities.
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