Swank Soiree: Phaedra Parks, Jasmine Guy & Others Attend “Loving” Screening

Over the last decade, there has been an outcry in Hollywood for more diversity in film.

Within the last five years in particular, there has been a variety of movie releases geared to African-American audiences, but it seems like 2016 in particular has really answered the call.

The #OscarsSoWhite backlash from earlier this year had many people of color opting to skip the Academy Awards telecast despite the fact that Chris Rock was hosting and every Black actor and actress in Tinseltown—despite not being nominated—was booked to present.

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Only God, and the voting members of Academy, know what actors and film projects will be contenders moving into the 2017 award show season. But one film that could be a contender in the Focus Features release “Loving.”

The Jeff Nichols’ film is about Richard and Mildred Loving (played by Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), an interracial couple who’s 1967 lawsuit against the state of Virginia made it so that people of all ethnicities would legally wed in the United States.

Focus Features held a swank reception and private screening of the film for celebrities, civil rights leaders and influencers at Davio’s at Phipps Plaza in Atlanta that was on hand for. Check out some of those in attendance. (Photos by Paras Griffin and courtesy of Focus Features)

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