Written by | Ray Cornelius 

“Black or White” stars Kevin Costner and Anthony Mackie attended a special red carpet premiere of their film Thursday night in Atlanta. The invitation only viewing took place at the Regal Atlantic Station and featured a media reception prior to 7 p.m. screening.

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 Monica Pearson conducting Q&A with Anthony Mackie and Kevin Costner

“Black or White” is the story of a grandfather (Costner) who is suddenly left to care for his beloved granddaughter. When the little girl’s paternal grandmother (Academy Award® winner Octavia Spencer) seeks custody, a legal battle ensues that forces the families to confront their true feelings on race, forgiveness and understanding. Anchored by an all-star cast and based on real events, the movie is a look at two seemingly different worlds. In addition to Mackie, the film also stars Jillian Estell, Bill Burr, Jennifer Ehle, André Holland, and Gillian Jacobs.

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 Atlanta Tribune’s Pat Lottier and the Reverend C.T.Vivian

A number of ATL notables turned out for the screening including “Real Housewives of Atlanta” stars Phaedra Parks, Demetria McKinney and Claudia Jordan. “Braxton Family Values” star Towanda Braxton and her son was also spotted on the red carpet as well as “Skinned” actress Jasmine Burke, Dr. Yamma Brown (James Brown’s daughter) and Pastor E. Dewey Smith. Civil Right icons Rev. C.T.Vivian and Andrew Young and his wife, Carolyn Young, were also in attendance.

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 RHOA star Phaedra Parks and her mother

Former WBS TV anchor, Monica Pearson led a post Q&A session with the stars, who also received proclamations and the coveted Phoenix Award from Atlanta City Council President, Ceasar Mitchell and Mayor’s Office of Entertainment’s LaRonda Sutton. These awards are the city of Atlanta’s highest honors.

Take a look at photos below as well as a video of Anthony Mackie talking about his character and the lessons he learned while filming:

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 Actress & singer Jasmine Burke/ Towanda Braxton and son

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 RHOA stars Claudia Jordan and Demetria McKinney

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Pastor E. Dewey Smith, Jr./Dr.Yamma Brown and daughter

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BronzeLens Film Festival’s Kathleen Bertrand and Deidra McDonald

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Filmmaker Deborah Riley Draper and guest 

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Towanda Braxton and son chatting with Jasmine Burke on the red carpet

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 Kevin Costner, Monica Pearson and Anthony Mackie after the Q&A [youtube id=”kBYs04_ZxZ8″ width=”600″ height=”350″]

“Black or White” opens in theaters nationwide January 30.

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