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

The 17th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival presented by BET Networks opened last night with a lively screening of the romantic comedy Baggage Claim at the SVA Theater in Manhattan.

Lyn Talbert - David E. Talbert at UWFF13 rszd

Director David E. Talbert was on hand to present the film along with his wife and executive producer Lyn Talbert.

David E. Talbert - Rickey Smiley - Jenifer Lewis - Paula Patton - Derek Luke - Lyn Talbert - Stacy Spikes rszd

Cast members Paula Patton, Derek Luke, Jill Scott, Jenifer Lewis and Rickey Smiley were also in the building and participated in a post-screening Q&A moderator by TheGrio entertainment editor Chris Witherspoon.

Urbanworld founder Stacy Spikes welcomed the packed audience followed by remarks by executive director Gabrielle Glore.

Opening Night After Party at The OUT

After the screening, the crowd headed over to The Out for the after-party associated with Love Jones NYC production group hosted by Joey Harris; which featured performances by Luke JamesYummy Bingham, Kimberly Nichole and more.

 Paula Patton at SVA Theater rszd

Paula Patton looked absolutely exquisite during last night’s festivities! 

Jill Scott - Jennifer Williams at UWFF13 After Party

Our favorite, Jennifer Williams (#BBWMiami) chopped it up with the iconic Jill Scott.

Ariane Davis rszd

Fly Girl Ariane Davis (#LHHATL) was in the  building as well clad in pink! We love it! 

Derek Luke with wife Sophia rszd

Derek Luke also graced the red carpet with wife Sophia

Urbanworld continues today with spotlight screenings of VH1’s Finding the FunkThey Die by Dawn and BET’s Gun Hill, starring festival ambassador Larenz Tate. For tickets, visit www.urbanworld.org.

Photos: Terrence Jennings, Stephen Knight

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