By Natasha

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Big news for one of the freshest movies coming to theaters this summer. Get the DOPE deets inside…

Before its highly anticipated June 19th release, Dope will get the red carpet treatment as the American Black Film Festival’s opening night film!

The hit movie out of the Sundance Film Festival, DOPE tells the story of Malcolm (Shameik Moore) who is carefully surviving life in a tough neighborhood in Los Angeles. A chance invitation to an underground party leads him into an adventure that could allow him to go from being a geek, to being dope, to ultimately being himself.

The film already has the A-list celeb treatment: Directed by Rick Famuyiwa, it’s also produced by Forest Whitaker, Executive Produced by Pharrell Williams and Co-Executive Produced by Sean “Diddy” Combs.

The New York premiere will go down June 11th at the SVA Theater, and will be a star studded event (find out how to get access below!).

Here’s the synopsis:

Dope is a coming-­‐of-­‐age comedy/drama for the post hip-­‐hop generation; its main characters are obsessed with ‘90s hip-­‐hop. Malcolm (Shameik Moore) is warily surviving life in “The Bottoms” in Los Angeles, while juggling college applications, academic interviews and SATs. His dream is to attend Harvard. A chance invitation to an underground party leads him into a gritty adventure filled with offbeat characters and bad choices that could allow him to go from being a geek to being dope to ultimately being himself. Open Road Films will release the film nationwide on June 19, 2015.

By the way, we’ve aleady had the priviledge of screening this one…and it is GOOD. Peep the trailer below:

Also at ABFF, Tessa Thompson (Dear White People, Selma) has signed on as a panelist for Hot in Hollywood Panel Presented by Cadillac on June 13th at 6:45 PM. And plenty more stars are set to be announced.

As the proud Media Sponsor for the 2015 ABFF, TheYBF.com will be on the scene throughout the festival. And we want you there too!

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