Last night, FOX, The Black Women Film Network (BWFN) and Morgan Stanley hosted an advanced screening of the new series “Shots Fired” created by Gina Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Rock Bythewood at the Center For Civil and Human Rights.
Upon arrival guests were greeted with an upscale reception including an open bar and passed hor d’oeuvres. Over 200 guests mingled and roamed around the history-rich galleries.
Sheryl Griper (Founder, BWFN), Chris Richardson (Morgan Stanley) and DeWanda Wise (Cast, “Shots Fired”) welcomed the audience and introduced them to the exclusive episode. Immediately following the screening Reggie Rock Bythewood (Creator/Executive Producer, Shots Fired), DeWanda Wise and Jill Hennessy (Cast, “Shots Fired”) indulged in a Q&A session moderated by Egypt Sherrod (HGTV). Also in attendance was Da Brat (Rapper, Radio Personality “Ricky Smiley Morning Show”), Joseline Hernandez (Vh1’s “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta”), Crystal Fox (OWN,“Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Nots”) Dionne Farris (Singer/Songwrighter), Gocha Hawkins (WE tv’s “L.A. Hair”), Jasmine Burke (Bounce TV’s “Saints & Sinners”), D. Woods (Recording Artist), Cornbread (Recording Artist), DJ Fadelf, April Parker Jones (OWN, “Tyler Perry’s If Loving You Is Wrong) and many more.
Earlier in the week, in Nashville, TN nearly 220 locals packed Belmont University to see the show and meet cast members Jill Hennessy and DeWanda Wise. Attendees included singer Taj George (SWV), Eddie George (Tennessee Titan), Gina Miller (EOne), Phil Thornton (RCA Inspiration), Gabby Jones (EOne) and more. Radio personality Sean Good (WQQK 92Q) gave a high-energy welcome to the audience followed by remarks from FOX 46 anchor Nikki Mcgee. After the screening, Sean Good moderated a Q&A with DeWanda and Jill.
#ShotsFired is a 10-part event mystery that examines the dangerous aftermath of two racially charged shootings by law enforcement in a small southern town. With amazing music, and an all-star cast led by Sanaa Lathan, Stephan James, Mack Wilds and Helen Hunt, Shots Fired will entertain and challenge perspectives.
The series premieres March 22, 2017 at 8/7c on FOX, prior to the spring return of “Empire” at 9/8c. Follow the show on social media at @ShotsFiredFOX. http://www.fox.com/shots-fired
Photo credit: 1) celebrity. 2) Africa Miranda. 3) April Parker Jones. 4) Billy Bang. 5) comedian Pierre. 6) Cornbread and Da Brat. 7) Crystal Fox. 8) D.Woods. 9) Dawn Halfkenny. 10) DeWanda Wise, Reggie Bythewood and Jill Hennessy. 11) DJ Fadelf. 12) Guest. 13) Egypt Sherrod. 14) Gocha Hawkins. 15) Jasmine Burke. 16) Joseline Hernandez. 17) Shanell. NASHVILLE: 1) DeWanda Wise. 2) Eboni Funderbunk. 3) Eddie George and Taj. 4) Gina Miller. 5) Gina Miller. 6) Jill Hennessy 7) Nakiyah Hayling. 8) Sean Good.