2/22/2012, 7:15 a.m.
February Madness… Raphael Saadiq and his band perform live...

The cast of “We the Party” (including four of Mario’s children who are all in the movie), descended on the red carpet and all you could see were flashes of light from all the photographers aiming to get shots of Mario, Tiny Lister (‘Deebo’ from the Friday movies), and Michael Jai White (“Why Did I Get Married?” and “Black Dynamite”).

A nice surprise on the red carpet was Ja’Net DuBois (‘Willona’ from Good Times and co-founder of PAFF). She looked gorgeous! And, last not but least, CNN political pundit Roland Martin visible on the carpet in his tan suit complemented with a hot pink shirt and ascot. That was all outside the theater. Inside was Salli Richardson-Whitfield and her handsome husband Dondre Whitfield, Glynn Turman (from the movie “Takers”) YG, members of The New Boyz, The Rej3ctz, and the Pink Dollaz.

While we were at the red carpet premiere, we Skyped Mario to introduce the Boston premiere of “We the Party” to the audience at UMass Boston’s Campus Center, and then he did a post-screening QandA along with his son Mandela, who is a natural on screen. It was a fantastic night followed by the after party inside the Baldwin Hills mall.

Kudos to Pan African on a great film festival and to the RIFF volunteers, Verizon Wireless, and UMass Boston’s Black Faculty and Staff Association for making the Boston screening a huge success!

Coming up…

Tonight (Feb. 23rd) the House of Blues presents Lauryn Hill at 7 p.m.

Tyga brings his “Careless World Tour” to The Wilbur on March 1st.

Also at the Wilbur, Sheryl Underwood from the daytime yak fest “The Talk” performs stand-up comedy on Friday, March 2nd.

On Saturday, March 17th, World Music/CRASHarts presents Ladysmith Black Mambazo at Sanders Theatre in Cambridge at 8 p.m.

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