NEW YORK — Apparently, black is the new red.
At least that was the case Thursday night as a host of A-listers walked down the appropriately black carpet for the premiere of Jay-Z’s concert documentary, “Fade to Black.”
Held at the historic Ziegfeld Theater, pouring rain didn’t stop the likes of Usher, P. Diddy, Mary J. Blige, Linkin Park, Kanye West, Janet Jackson, Jermaine Dupri, Russell Simmons, Farnsworth Bentley, Common and a host of others from coming out.
“I’m here to support Jay,” said Naomi Campbell. “I was fortunate to work with him on [the video for] ‘Change Clothes’ as well as on his Rocawear campaign with Damon Dash. I’m just so proud of him. It’s a night for supporting my brothers — it’s also Puffy’s birthday!”
Opening Friday (November 5), “Fade to Black” features performance footage from Jay’s “farewell concert” at New York’s Madison Square Garden last November (see “Mary J., Missy, R. Kelly, Beyonce Join Jay-Z At Madison Square Garden” ) as well as an exclusive, behind-the scenes look at the making of The Black Album.
For Roots drummer Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson, who played with the Illadelphonics, Jay’s backing band for the concert, seeing the film was an opportunity to relive the experience.
“It was like it was described, ‘It was the perfect night,’ ” said ?uestlove, who also served as the film’s music supervisor. “I had the best seat in the house behind the drum set backing Jay-Z and the other hip-hop luminaries with the Illadelphonics. It was definitely the thing.”
The man of the hour didn’t disappoint either — decked out in a dapper black three-piece suit, Hov came to the event solo, posing for photos and waving to the crowd before heading into the screening.
For a full-length feature about the film, check out “Jay-Z: Fade To The Black Sessions.”