John Legend is eye-catching in plaid at The Legend Of The Underground World Premiere at the Tribeca Festival in New York City
The 2021 Tribeca Festival focuses on showcasing new streaming and TV series and films.
And on Thursday night, the festival co-founded by Robert De Niro hosted the world premiere of the powerful documentary The Legend Of The Underground.
John Legend, who co-executive produced the feature with his Get Lifted Production Company co-founders Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorius, brought some star power to the red carpet in New York City.
Celebrity: John Legend lent his star power to The Legend Of The Undergound documentary world premiere at the Tribeca Festival in New York on Thursday night
The film from directors Giselle Bailey and Nneka Onuorah will air on HBO and HBO Max starting June 29.
He discovers endemic discrimination in Nigeria while exploring the lives of several nonconformist men who must choose to live endangered lives there or flee to the United States.
The two women attended the high-profile screening along with several LGBTQ activists.
Hollywood player: Legend, 42, co-executive produced the feature with his Get Lifted Production Company co-founders Mike Jackson (pictured with singer) and Ty Stiklorius
Big night: film from directors Giselle Bailey and Nneka Onuorah to air on HBO and HBO Max from June 29
Legend, 42, put on a stylish outfit in a brown jacket over a black shirt and brown check pants.
He left his shirt unbuttoned to flash some chest hair.
The Grammy-winning artist sported a neat beard and completed his look with black Gucci loafers.
Striking outfit: Legend put on a stylish presentation in a brown jacket over a black shirt and brown check pants and completed his look with black Gucci loafers
Looks great: Grammy-winning recording artist left his shirt unbuttoned to show a bit of chest hair and he sported a neat beard
Helmers Bailey and Onuorah said in a recent statement to People: “As two women, a Nigerian and a Jamaican, what drove us to make this film was the fact that there was a lack of visibility. and access to the beautiful androgynous and maverick communities in this type of country where being different can be criminalized.
They continued, “We wanted to help paint an authentic image that was a true representation of this community and that no media likes to portray.”
The couple added: “On the asylum side of the story – being daughters of immigrant parents, and one of us being an immigrant due to move to the United States – we wanted to build empathy around of the history of having to create a new home, culture and family in new spaces.
“We hope through this film that people know that they are not alone and that there are others like them and that they can do more than survive. They can thrive.
Powerful: Bailey and Onuorah’s film reveals endemic discrimination in Nigeria while exploring the lives of non-conformist men who must choose to live lives in peril or flee to the United States
Helmer: Bailey wore an eye-catching black long sleeve jacket and matching skirt with white swirl patterns and she added pale green sandal heels
Leading chops: Onuorah opted for a semi-sheer pale blue pantsuit that she teamed with a black cropped top with a cutout panel at the bust
VIP: Edafe Okporo and Nicholas Giglio were among the guests who came to support the screening
Guests: Shaun Ross, left, made a fashion statement with a black clerical-style coat and chunky platform shoes, while Ayodeji Otuyelu, right, stood out in an eclectic black and red ensemble
Support: Micheal Ighodaro and Jirair Ratevosian were also present for the premiere