9th Urbanworld Film Festival Hustle & Flow Party
June 25, 2005
Written by Yolanda Shoshana
Cast of Hustle &
Flow: Taraji J. Henson, Paula Jai Parker,
Terrence Howard and TarynManning
After four packed
days of film, panels, and red carpets, Urbanworld threw
a party at the trendy lounge BLVD. It was a celebration
of the special screening of Hustle & Flow
and the close of the festival.
All the soirees thrown after the festival’s special
screenings were cleverly referred to as "Urbanworld
After Dark." Now that title sure does make the parties
sound seductive and enticing, and certainly not like just
any old after-party. This After Dark Experience was presented
by persaudbrothers in association with GFC Entertainment,
both local urban trendsetters. I had heard about persaudbrothers
events and what I heard filled me with high expectations
for the evening. I am happy to say that if you hear persaudbrothers
are throwing a hot event, you can believe the hype.
BLVD was the perfect spot for the event - there was something
for everyone. BLVD is complete with a restaurant, lounge
and live music. Once you had something to eat, you were
able to hit the dance floor till four in the morning.
The music was jumping and the bootiess were bumping. The
disco balls and lights in the club completed the cool
ambiance. It was a dance floor full of attractive people
making the most of the groove.
While the dance
floor was moving, there was a good mix of people who focused
on networking or chilling with a cocktail. Camaraderie
filled the air as people hugged and congratulated each
other on their work. The biggest buzz of the night was
Terrance Howard's' performance in Hustle & Flow.
Everyone seemed to agree that it was the film to see at
the festival and Howard would finally gain much-deserved
respect in the industry.
It was a great way to top off Urbanworld - a mix of community
with lots of grubbin' and clubbin'.