8 Magical Moments From the Queen of Katwe Red Carpet Premiere #QueenOfKatweEvent

So by now you know that I just got back from LA where I attended the Queen of Katwe red carpet premiere. This film is out today in select theaters and nationwide on September 30th. I shared a couple of quick scopes while walking the red carpet and you can find them here and here.

The red carpet is exciting and fun. Plus, who doesn’t like to get glammed up and pose for the camera? So that’s how I started the night along with 24 other fabulous ladies, before we stepped on the red carpet.

All 25 bloggers selected by Disney to cover this amazing press trip.

All 25 bloggers selected by Disney to cover this amazing press trip.

Posing for a quick pick with Deanna of Honey & Lime, and Ari of Love, Peace & Tiny Feet.

Posing for a quick pick with Deanna of Honey & Lime, and Dani of OK Dani.

There were a ton of magical moments during the Queen of Katwe red carpet premiere. So I figured the best way to share, would be in picture form.

Magical moment #1:

Walking out and looking across the street to see the El Capitan theater screen that promoted the film.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: A view of the atmosphere at the U.S. premiere of Disney’s “Queen of Katwe” at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. The film, starring David Oyelowo, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o and newcomer Madina Nalwanga, is directed by Mira Nair and opens in U.S. theaters in limited release on September 23, expanding wide September 30, 2016. On September 20, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – SEPTEMBER 20: A view of the atmosphere at the U.S. premiere of Disney’s “Queen of Katwe” at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. The film, starring David Oyelowo, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o and newcomer Madina Nalwanga, is directed by Mira Nair and opens in U.S. theaters in limited release on September 23, expanding wide September 30, 2016. On September 20, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

Magical Moment #2:

Walking on the red carpet can get a little hectic and there’s a lot going on, but I never felt overwhelmed. It only felt magical to be there and to witness the experience first-hand.

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I have some amazing sister-friends and two of them helped me look and feel radiant on the red carpet: Dress: Solome Katongole (She literally made my dress in just a few days and it was a perfect fit. She is an amazing Ugandan Fashion Designer currently based in the DC area) Hair: Diana of Sisters With Beauty (she’s not a stylist but she gifted me with her blessed hands)

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Stopping to snap a quick photo with my girl and fellow blogger Ari of LovePeaceAndTinyFeet.com

Magical Moment #3:

Observing all of the stars walk the red carpet and interact with fans and media. By the time we got to the premiere, I had already seen the movie twice (once at Pete’s Dragon event, and once the night before during our opening event. So I’ve already seen it three times, and I still can’t wait to take my family to see this film.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: (L-R) Executive Vice President of Production, The Walt Disney Studios, Tendo Nagenda, President of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production, Sean Bailey, chaperone Mark Mugwana, Chess Coach and Director of Sports Outreach in Uganda, Robert Katende, Ugandan national chess champion Phiona Mutesi, Director Mira Nair, actors Madina Nalwanga, Lupita Nyong'o, Martin Kabanza and David Oyelowo, screenwriter William Wheeler and composer Alex Heffes arrive at the U.S. premiere of Disney’s “Queen of Katwe” at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. The film, starring David Oyelowo, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o and newcomer Madina Nalwanga, is directed by Mira Nair and opens in U.S. theaters in limited release on September 23, expanding wide September 30, 2016. On September 20, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** Tendo Nagenda; Mark Mugwana; Madina Nalwanga; Lupita Nyong'o; David Oyelowo; Sean Bailey; Robert Katende; Phiona Mutesi; Mira Nair; Martin Kabanza; William Wheeler; Alex Heffes

HOLLYWOOD, CA – SEPTEMBER 20: (L-R) Executive Vice President of Production, The Walt Disney Studios, Tendo Nagenda, President of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production, Sean Bailey, chaperone Mark Mugwana, Chess Coach and Director of Sports Outreach in Uganda, Robert Katende, Ugandan national chess champion Phiona Mutesi, Director Mira Nair, actors Madina Nalwanga, Lupita Nyong’o, Martin Kabanza and David Oyelowo, screenwriter William Wheeler and composer Alex Heffes arrive at the U.S. premiere of Disney’s “Queen of Katwe” at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

I’m looking forward to sharing the interviews we conducted with the amazing cast members. Their energy and interaction with each other was amazing to see. And the Director, Mira Nair is just phenomenal!

HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: (L-R) Director Mira Nair, actors Madina Nalwanga, Lupita Nyong'o and Martin Kabanza arrive at the U.S. premiere of Disney’s “Queen of Katwe” at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. The film, starring David Oyelowo, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o and newcomer Madina Nalwanga, is directed by Mira Nair and opens in U.S. theaters in limited release on September 23, expanding wide September 30, 2016. On September 20, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** Mira Nair; Madina Nalwanga; Lupita Nyong'o; Martin Kabanza

HOLLYWOOD, CA – SEPTEMBER 20: (L-R) Director Mira Nair, actors Madina Nalwanga, Lupita Nyong’o and Martin Kabanza arrive at the U.S. premiere of Disney’s “Queen of Katwe” at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. The film, starring David Oyelowo, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o and newcomer Madina Nalwanga, is directed by Mira Nair and opens in U.S. theaters in limited release on September 23, expanding wide September 30, 2016. On September 20, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney) 

The real-life inspirations behind the film and book, Queen of Katwe:

Robert Katende, Sara Katende, Phiona Mutesi and Hope Katende arrive at the U.S. premiere of DisneyÕs ÒQueen of KatweÓ at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. The film, starring David Oyelowo, Oscar winner Lupita NyongÕo and newcomer Madina Nalwanga, is directed by Mira Nair and opens in U.S. theaters in limited release on September 23, expanding wide September 30, 2016...(Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

Robert Katende, Sara Katende, Phiona Mutesi and Hope Katende arrive at the U.S. premiere of Disney’s Queen of Katwe at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. The film, starring David Oyelowo, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o and newcomer Madina Nalwanga, is directed by Mira Nair and opens in U.S. theaters in limited release on September 23, expanding wide September 30, 2016.(Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

Robert Katende, Phiona Mutesi, Mira Nair, Madina Nalwanga, Lupita Nyong'o, David Oyelowo and Martin Kabanza arrive at the U.S. premiere of DisneyÕs ÒQueen of KatweÓ at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. The film, starring David Oyelowo, Oscar winner Lupita NyongÕo and newcomer Madina Nalwanga, is directed by Mira Nair and opens in U.S. theaters in limited release on September 23, expanding wide September 30, 2016...(Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

Robert Katende, Phiona Mutesi, Mira Nair, Madina Nalwanga, Lupita Nyong’o, David Oyelowo and Martin Kabanza arrive at the U.S. premiere of Disney’s Queen of Katwe at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. The film, starring David Oyelowo, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o and newcomer Madina Nalwanga, is directed by Mira Nair and opens in U.S. theaters in limited release on September 23, expanding wide September 30, 2016.(Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

Magical Moment #4:

Seeing the display of our Ugandan traditional dress at the entrance to the theatre. This is the specific one that was created for and worn by Lupita Nyong’o for the film. To see this brought me so much pride. They are usually very colorful and worn for all special occasions. In fact, my mom wanted me to wear one for the red carpet…but…hot. LOL (sorry mom)! But there were definitely a few women wearing beautiful ones on the red carpet.

The gomesi is the Buganda National Dress. This is the original one worn in the film by Lupita Nyong'o.

The Gomesi (also called a Busuuti) is the Buganda National/Traditional Dress. This is the original one worn in the film by Lupita Nyong’o.

Magical Moment #5:

Getting to chat with Mr. & Mrs. Katende directly after the premiere. Their beautiful daughter was so tired but managed to squeeze out a small smile for the camera. The interview we did with Robert Katende was incredible and I’ll be sharing that soon. It was such a delight to speak with Mrs. Katende and hear about her gratitude for this film and the kids they have been helping back home. They are an incredible couple!

These pics arent’t the greatest, but these moments were too great not to share.

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Magical Moment #6:

Getting to meet and chat with Jason George AKA Dr. Ben Warren from Grey’s Anatomy. I have watched Grey’s from Day 1. My husband and I have watched every episode since season 1 and they just entered into their 13th season last night. So to say I’m a huge fan of the show and his character is an understatement. What made it even better is how nice and humble he really is in person as well. I loved seeing him with his family and also got to meet his beautiful wife.

Jason George and I after the premiere (Hey Dr. Warren!)

Jason George and I after the premiere (Hey Dr. Warren!)

I also got to bump into Kamil McFadden AKA Ernie Cooper from KC Undercover. My kids are huge fans of this show, so this pic was for them. He just happened to be sitting directly in front of me and was so cool. He was happy to snap this quick pic 🙂 Oh and yes, I scored some “coolest mommy” points from my kids!

Kamil McFadden and I during the movie premiere.

Kamil McFadden and I during the movie premiere.

Magical Moment #7:

Dancing and chatting it up with the stars and friends during the premiere after-party.

But do you see me dancing in the background, though? 😉 This was so much fun and the photos captured the joy perfectly! Madina, Martin and Tendo were definitely getting down!

Madina Nalwanga and Martin Kabanza dances with Disney's Tendo Nagenda dance at the U.S. premiere of Disney's Queen of Katwe at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. The film, starring David Oyelowo, Oscar winner Lupita NyongÕo and newcomer Madina Nalwanga, is directed by Mira Nair and opens in U.S. theaters in limited release on September 23, expanding wide September 30, 2016...(Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

Madina Nalwanga and Martin Kabanza dances with Disney’s Tendo Nagenda at the U.S. premiere of Disney’s Queen of Katwe at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. The film, starring David Oyelowo, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o and newcomer Madina Nalwanga, is directed by Mira Nair and opens in U.S. theaters in limited release on September 23, expanding wide September 30, 2016.(Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

And there was that time Lupita shared this photo on her Facebook page, where I just happened to still be dancing and tweeting in the background…

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David Oyelowo and I at the premiere party. He was so humble and nice, and his family is just beautiful! He was the absolute perfect fit for this film and I can’t wait to see what’s next for him.

A little blurry, but we’re still cute! This was right after Director, Mira Nair pulled me onto the dance floor (past security and all LOL). She is so sweet, humble and talented. Did I mention we interviewed her too?

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Director Mira Nair and I on the dance floor at the premiere party.

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Posing with family friends Dianne Magambo and James Nagenda (who I finally got to meet at the party and is also the father of EVP of Production, Tendo Nagenda)

Again, a little blurry but we’re still cute! Ari and I ran into Kym Whitely and Vanessa Bell Calloway at the bar. They were super fun and Vanessa insisted on taking the selfie for us.

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Magical Moment #8:

Taking it all in. Thanks to this guy, I was able to experience all of these magical moments and more. To know him is to love him. I don’t know how he keeps us all straight and happy but he manages to do it effortlessly. Thanks Marshall for another fabulous red carpet experience!

Marshall Weinbaum and I after the premiere party.

Marshall Weinbaum and I after the premiere party.

Queen of Katwe opens in select theaters TODAY and nationwide on September 30th.

BONUS Magical Moment:

Getting to see the full video of #1 Spice. Now everyone can understand how dope this song is that I’ve been waiting to come out since I first saw it last month (check it out below). You can download the single on Amazon using the link below:

Be sure to check your local listing, and buy your tickets to go and see it opening weekend. Let’s show Disney that we appreciate, want and need more films like Queen of Katwe!

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Disclosure: On behalf of Disney, I was invited to attend an all-expense paid trip to cover the world premiere of Queen of Katwe, as well as other press events. As always, all opinions are my own. This post also contains affiliate links.

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    The SistahChick
    September 24, 2016 at 1:26 PM

    So awesome! I love it! I loved the movie.
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      Christine St.Vil
      September 25, 2016 at 6:39 AM

      Thank you Stacey!!! I’m so glad you had a chance to see the film and that you loved it 🙂

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