'The Secret Life of Bees' Premiere

The Secret Life of Bees Premiere
ESSENCE.COM Oct, 07, 2008

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Costars Queen Latifah and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson look dazzling at the Los
Angeles premiere of their new movie, “The Secret Life of Bees,” at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Set in the early sixties, this coming-of-age film is about a young girl (Dakota Fanning) who escapes a problematic life with her father to find answers about her deceased mother in a South Carolina town. She finds consolation in the house of the Boatwright sisters—Alicia Keys, Sophie Okenedo and Queen Latifah—where she learns more than she anticipates. The movie hits theaters October 17.

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Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith, coproducer of the film, attend the premiere in style.

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Longtime friends Smith and Queen Latifah share a laugh on the red carpet.

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Actress Nia Long looks radiant at the premiere.

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Hudson shares camera time with “The Secret Life of Bees” costar Tristan Wilds, formerly of HBO’s “The Wire” and current regular on “90210.” Wilds plays the on-screen love interest of Dakota Fanning.

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Fashion ladies Eva Pigford, Jill Marie Jones and Sanaa Lathan work the red carpet.

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Actress Vanessa Williams and gentleman of the year Ne-Yo showed up to the premiere classically chic in black.

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ESSENCE cover girls Long and Lathan are stunning before the cameras.

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Singer and actor Tyrese Gibson is dressed to impress at the L.A. premiere.

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“The Secret Life of Bees” director Gina Prince-Bythewood stands alongside on-screen lovebirds Wilds and Fanning.

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Nate Parker, who in the film plays Alicia Keys’s beau, Neil, accompanies Hudson and Prince-Bythewood on the red carpet.