Ms. Wallace considered it an honor to have Angela Bassett play her on the big screen.
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Actress Antonique Smith tells the story of Faith Evans in the film.
A radiant Antonique Smith portrays Faith Evans in the film.
Mary J. Blige and husband Kendu Issac share a sweet embrace.
Mary J. Blige greets Ms. Wallace at the New York premiere of “Notorious.”
Mary and Ms. Wallace greet fans at the premiere.
R&B queen Mary J. Blige reminisces on her days with Christopher “Biggie Smalls” Wallace, including his remix on her hit song “Real Love,” which helped launch the rapper’s career.
Angela Bassett can do no wrong.
A regal Angela Bassett, center, shines with Biggie’s mom, Voletta Wallace, right, at the premiere of “Notorious.” Bassett plays Wallace in the film and newcomer Antonique Smith, left, stars as Faith Evans.
Sean “Diddy” Combs heads inside the premiere to relive his days with Biggie on the big screen.
Jay-Z joins hip-hop’s finest at the premiere of “Notorious.”
Beyoncé turns heads at the New York premiere of “Notorious.”
Naturi Naughton has received positive reviews for her turn as Lil’ Kim.
Naturi Naughton, who stars as Lil’ Kim, and Jamal Woolard, who stars as Biggie, make their way inside the premiere.
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Faith Evans attends the premiere with her kids, from left, C.J. (Christopher Wallace, Jr.), Joshua and Chyna.
Q-Tip documents the historic occasion.
Fabolous is on hand to help represent Brooklyn.
Cassie dazzles at the event.
Anthony Mackie, who plays 2Pac, is all smiles for the camera.
Actor Derek Luke, who plays Sean “Puffy” Combs in the film, heads inside with wife Sophia Hernandez.
Newlyweds Derrick “D-Nice” Jones and Malinda Williams are in the house.
Malinda Williams came out to pay her respects to B.I.G.
We love this newlywed’s effortless look.
A sleek Ciara struts her stuff at the premiere.
Diddy’s mom Janice Combs makes her presence known.
Naughty By Nature’s Vincent Brown is on hand to support the movie.
Faith Evans chats with Angela Bassett, who plays her mother-in-law Voletta Wallace.
Russell Simmons and a guest arrive for the event.
Recording artist Lil Mama sends her love at the premiere.
New York Jet’s player Thomas Jones makes his way inside the premiere.
Celebrity stylist and author June Ambrose had a big role in hip-hop’s evolving fashion.
The cast is excited to see the film make its way to theaters.
Busta Rhymes pays tribute to Biggie at the star-studded event.
Actor and singer Tyrese celebrates the release of the Biggie biopic film.
Actress Malinda Williams shares her praises with Angela Bassett at the after party for the “Notorious” premiere at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City.