October 15, 2014

Writer of ‘Love & Basketball’ Brings New Film, ‘Beyond The Lights’!

Gina Prince Bythewood and Nate Parker

Last night I was invited to the private screening of BEYOND THE LIGHTS. The red carpet screening took place in Atlanta at the Regal Atlantic Station. Talent in attendance from the film included, director and writer Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love & Basketball and The Secret Life of Bees) and the male lead Nate Parker (Red Tails and The Great Debaters).

Celebrities and influencers in attendance included the wonderful host of the evening Gary with Da Tea from The Rickey Smiley Morning Show on WHTA-FM, Bravo’s Real Housewives of Atlanta’s newest member and co-host of The Rickey Smiley Morning Show on WHTA-FM Claudia Jordan, WNBA wife Bo Talley, Actress Keshia Knight-Pulliam, NEXT’s RL, BET’s Sunday Best Season 2 winner Yanna Crawley and Atlantic Records Marking Director Cannon Kent.

Beyond the Lights is the story of Noni, the music world’s latest superstar. But not all is what it seems, and the pressures of fame have Noni on the edge – until she meets Kaz Nicol, a young cop and aspiring politician who’s been assigned to her detail. Drawn to each other, Noni and Kaz fall fast and hard, despite the protests of those around them who urge them to put their career ambitions ahead of their romance. But it is ultimately Kaz’s love that gives Noni the courage to find her own voice and break free to become the artist she was meant to be.

The film dealt with current issues of what some women do to make it in the music industry. The chemistry between the two co-stars Nate Parker and Gugu Mbatha-Raw is amazing! If there is any film you’d want to see, this is it! There’s a positive portrayal of black love and shows an eye-opening view of behind-the-scenes in the industry. Beyond the Lights opens in theaters November 14th.

Check out a few pics below from the red carpet as well as my interview with the writer, Gina Prince-Bythewood.

RL from NEXTRL from NEXT

Claudia JordanClaudia Jordan, newest castmember of RHOA.

Behind the LightsPacked house of media and VIP guests.

Behind the LightsQ & A with the writer Gina Prince-Bythewood and co-star Nate Parker.

Yanna CrawleyBET’s Sunday Best Season 2 winner Yanna Crawley

Kim G.Amazing film. Check out my interview with Gina Prince-Bythewood below.

Photos: Allied

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Kim Ford
Kim Ford is the founder & publisher of, author of "The Success Mindset", a God-inspired media mogul, speaker, red carpet correspondent, culture influencer, super mom and your ideal best friend. She's interviewed greats like Tyler Perry, Sony Pictures exec DeVon Franklin, Meagan Good, Mali Music, Kevin Hart, Jada Pinkett Smith, T.D. Jakes and more. You've probably seen her covering the red carpet at the BET Awards, Soul Train Awards and many others. You can always find her bringing faith to mainstream and empowering women! To learn more about Kim, click here. #TeamLove #TeamStrongFamilies #TeamiPhone