Common, Sherri Shepherd and Dante Brown Host Red Carpet Screening of HATS in Los Angeles on Final Day of the Pan African Film & Arts Festival

Alvin ‘Xzibit’ Joiner Makes Directorial Debut With LA Premiere of Broken Ground with Q&A Moderated by Big Boy on February 18

Stars Common, Sherri Shepherd and Dante Brown (lead actor) hosted a red carpet screening of the short film HATS at the 27th Annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival on February 18. Shortly after, multi-platinum rapper and actor Alvin ‘Xzibit’ Joiner hosted the Los Angeles premiere of his upcoming film BROKEN GROUND starring James “Jayo Felony” Savage. America’s largest international black film festival screened over 190 films, and exhibited over 100 fine artists and unique crafts at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza from February 7 to February 18.

Common, Shepherd and Brown, along with filmmaker Sadé Clacken Joseph, hosted a Q&A moderated by Jasmine Simpkins of Hip Hollywood to discuss the short-film HATS. In the film, a young black, aspiring baseball player (Dante Brown) struggles to find his place between his predominantly white high school and the gang-infested streets of South Central where he lives.

Dante Brown (Lead Actor,) Sadé Clacken Joseph (Director, HATS,) Sherri Shepherd and Common with Cast and Crew of HATS; Ayuko Babu (PAFF Co-Founder, Executive Director) Credit: Koi Sojer/SnapNU Photos

The festival wrapped out with it’s final red carpet premiere, as Xzibit brought an entourage out to support his directorial debut film, BROKEN GROUND. The film tells the story of James Savage, a once prominent west-coast rapper on a search for answers after being set-up and imprisoned derails his promising career. The screening was followed by a Q&A moderated by Big Boy of Real 92.3, and other guests included DJ Battlecat and Comedian Alex Thomas.

R to L: Life Garland (Film Editor,) Big Boy (Host/Moderator,) James “Jayo Felony” Savage (Lead Actor/Rapper,) Alvin ‘Xzibit’ Joiner (Co-Director, Co-Producer,) Rashidi Harper (Director, Co-Producer,) and Jesse Ray Diamond (Co-Producer, Co-Director); Credit Koi Sojer/SnapNU Photos

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