Baptist minister, civil rights activist, presidential candidate and talk show host are just four of the hats Al Sharpton has worn since his days growing up in the public housing projects of the Brownsville section of Brooklyn.
Now his life, which has sometimes been caught in the shadow of controversy, is the focus of the new documentary Loudmouth, which premiered Saturday at New York’s Tribeca Festival.
EGOT winner John Legend, who served as one of the project’s executive producers, and Grey’s Anatomy alumnus and Broadway star Jesse Williams were among the stars who made their way to the event’s red carpet at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center.
Star power: Jesse Williams and John Legend were among the artists who brought some star power to the premiere of Loudmouth, a documentary about the life and times of Al Sharpton
Williams, 40, stepped out in front of admiring photographers in black-and-white patterned pants with a gray shirt and a beige jacket.
He also wore white sneakers and had dark hair shaved off to match a full beard and mustache.
The actor, who left Grey’s Anatomy after 12 seasons on the job, is living in New York for his new Broadway stage show, playing a come-out baseball player in the revival of Richard Greenberg’s Take Me Out.
Cool cat: Williams, 40, stepped out in front of admiring photographers in black-and-white patterned pants with a gray shirt and beige jacket.
BTS crew: Legend also posed with some of the other BTS crew members for the documentary; he is photographed with Brenda Robinson, Daniel J. Chalfen Mike Jackson, Kedar Massenburg, Josh Alexander and Ty Stiklorius
Legend, 43, showed off his impeccable style in the black pinstripe suit that was paired with a white shirt and brown leather shoes.
He walked the red carpet solo and alongside some of the other people who worked behind the scenes on the documentary.
The musician, who has dabbled in production over the years, is one of only 17 people to have won Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards, also known as EGOT, which has been referred to as the ‘grand slam’ of show business.
Singer and actress Jennifer Hudson was the latest artist to join the illustrious list of EGOT holders at the Tony Awards ceremony last Sunday.
The documentary’s director, Josh Alexander, was the hip shot in a shiny black suit that he wore with a black T-shirt and white sneakers.
First-class attendance: Acclaimed director Spike Lee, 65, was on hand to support the film and the spotlight at the premiere, Al Sharpton, 67
Style! Josh Alexander, 47, who directed the documentary Loudmouth, wore a plain black suit.
Foxy Brown: Legendary 1970s action and blaxploitation star, Pam Grier, 73, flaunted her fashion sense in black and white polka dot pants and a white print top
His resume also includes co-directing the documentary Prescription Thugs (2015) with Chris Bell and Greg Young and Pretty Old (2012).
Executive producer Ty Stiklorius looked elegant in a colorful dress reminiscent of a paisley pattern.
Acclaimed director Spike Lee, 65, was also on hand to support the debut event dressed in an all-black sports ensemble.
He could sometimes be seen talking to Sharpton, as the two New Yorkers have known each other for many years.
Sharpton’s longtime girlfriend Aisha McShaw stood next to her man looking glamorous in a black ensemble.
Star Power: Robert De Niro, MSNBC President Rashida Jones, Jane Rosenthal and Al Sharpton
Adorable: Ty Stiklorius, who executive produced the film, looked elegant in a colorful dress reminiscent of a paisley pattern
Legendary 1970s action and blaxploitation star, Pam Grier, 73, flaunted her fashion sense in black and white polka dot pants and a white print top.
Tonight she wore her long dark braids, with a slightly messy look, and a parting in the middle.
Tribeca Film Festival co-founders Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal made a red carpet appearance, posing with Sharpton and MSNBC president Rashida Jones.
Loudmouth’ documents the winding road that is Al Sharpton’s life story as an iconic activist and spiritual leader. Viewers peek out from under the fold and witness the unfettered details of Sharpton’s development from an 8-year-old preacher to a civil rights figure (sometimes painted as controversial). Along with its history in the public eye, the good and the bad, the film offers a behind-the-scenes look at Sharpton’s experience as an adviser to a presidential candidate and advocate for racial justice during the volatile climate of 2020′, according to the report. Tribeca website.
After the film’s premiere screening, Rev. Sharpton sat down for a conversation with Lee and Legend that was moderated by Cori Murray.
Support: Sharpton’s longtime girlfriend Aisha McShaw, 44, stunned in a black ensemble
Peace: Mike Jackson, who was one of the producers of the documentary, made some peace signs as the photographer lined up on the red carpet walked away