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Slideshow: Spike Lee’s ‘Chi-raq’ Premiere in Chicago on Nov. 22, 2015

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Nick Cannon portrays the title character of ‘Chi-raq.’

CHICAGO – The Red Carpet in Chicago was rolled out in maximum fashion for the November 22nd, 2015, premiere of director Spike Lee’s new film, “Chi-raq.” Despite its controversial title, the city has embraced the film’s metaphoric plea for sanity, and the premiere took place at the historic Chicago Theatre on State Street. Stars of the film, including Nick Cannon, Teyonah Parris, John Cusack, Jennifer Hudson, Wesley Snipes and director Spike Lee were all in attendance, and HollywoodChicago.com photographer Joe Arce got Exclusive Portraits of them all.

Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through the slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. All photos are © Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com.

  1. CHIRAQ1: Director Spike Lee of ‘Chi-raq.’
  2. CHIRAQ2: Nick Cannon portrays the title character of ‘Chi-raq.’
  3. CHIRAQ3: Teyonah Parris portrays Lysistrata in ‘Chi-raq.’
  4. CHIRAQ4: Teyonah Parris and Nick Cannon of ‘Chi-raq.’
  5. CHIRAQ5: Harry Lennix portrays Commissioner Blades in ‘Chi-raq.’
  6. CHIRAQ6: Wesley Snipes portrays Cyclops in ‘Chi-raq.’
  7. CHIRAQ7: Jennifer Hudson portrays Irene in ‘Chi-raq.’
  8. CHIRAQ8: John Cusack portrays Father Mike in ‘Chi-raq.’
  9. CHIRAQ9: D.B. Sweeney portrays Mayor McCloud in ‘Chi-raq.’
  10. CHIRAQ10: Steve Harris portrays Old Duke in ‘Chi-raq.’
  11. CHIRAQ11: Felicia Pearson portrays Dania in ‘Chi-raq.’
  12. CHIRAQ12: George Wilburn portrays Tereus in ‘Chi-raq.’
  13. CHIRAQ13: Michelle Mitchenor portrays Indigo in ‘Chi-raq.’
  14. CHIRAQ14: William Gines portrays Armonty in ‘Chi-raq.’
  15. CHIRAQ15: Erica Watson portrays Sugar Pie in ‘Chi-raq.’
  16. CHIRAQ16: Maija Garcia is the Choreographer of ‘Chi-raq.’
  17. CHIRAQ17: Grace Gealey portrays Anika Calhoun in FOX-TV’s ‘Empire.’
  18. CHIRAQ18: Trai Byers portrays Andre Lyon in FOX-TV’s ‘Empire.’
  19. CHIRAQ19: Grace Gealey and Trai Byers of FOX-TV’s ‘Empire.’
  20. CHIRAQ20: Father Michael Pfleger is only trying to get us some peace.

CLICK HERE for the full review of “Chi-raq,” by Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com

“Chi-raq” is in theaters now in limited release. See local listings for theaters and show times. Featuring Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusack, Teyonah Parris, Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson, D.B. Sweeney and Dave Chapelle. Written by Spike Lee and Kevin WIllmott. Directed by Spike Lee. Rated “R”

HollywoodChicago.com senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

Writer, Editorial Coordinator

© 2015 Patrick McDonald, HollywoodChicago.com

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