By Sandra Rose  | 

Actors Yara Shahidi, left, and Kelly Rowland at the Beverly Hills premiere of Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman, held at the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Beverly Hills, California on Wednesday, Aug. 8.

Comic Dave Chappelle, left, and director Spike Lee pose for photos at Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman Premiere at the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Beverly Hills, California on Wednesday, Aug. 8.

Actor John David Washington plays Ron Stallworth, the first Black detective in the Colorado Springs Police Department. BlacKkKlansman is the true life story of Stallworth who infiltrated the KKK in Colorado Springs.

The real-life Ron Stallworth with his wife Patsy Terrazas-Stallworth at the Beverly Hills premiere of Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman on Wednesday.

Actor Topher Grace with his wife Ashley Hinshaw at the BlacKkKlansman premiere in Beverly Hills. Grace plays Klan leader David Duke in the movie that takes advantage of the "white supremacy" hysteria sweeping America after Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in the 2016 elections. BlacKkKlansman opens in theaters on Friday, August 10.

Photos by Juan Rico / BACKGRID, Sheri Determan/

  • jayhawkpride

    Kelly Rowland is fine!! Damaris Lewis too!!

  • Carrington

    The marketing for this movie is all jacked up. First of all, the concept of a black Klansman is confusing and the clips that they put out there don't do enough to help my confusion. I have NO idea what this film is about.

  • Bdot

    Can't help but notice that on Damaris Lewis's suit, the buttons are in the exact same place as her nipples probably are. I am very pleased by this discovery, but moving along..

  • Bdot

    [Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer from Colorado, successfully managed to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan and became the head of the local chapter.] --Imdb

  • Stan4NoOne

    Then this film isn't for you... #SLOW

  • Yoni7

    Yall still think that's the REAL Dave Chappelle?

  • hi-liter

    I like Spike's Prince Hat and T-shirt.

  • Elevated Soul

    I most definitely will past on this divisive liberal agenda driven movie.This movie appeal to those of a certain ilk.

    Now to my smart Black people...Check out Dinesh D'Souza new educational film called "Death of A Nation"......This goes deep into the real history of the Democratic Party and it's racism.

  • iWasteTime

    John David is fine.
    Nice mix of his momma and daddy

  • Alicia.Ashe

    I’ll check it out.

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    John David is so good looking to me...him and Y'lan Noel can get it any day of the week...

  • Carrington

    FOH! If the marketing doesn't tell you what the movie is about and you don't get it, you're slow? I'm a lot of $hit, but slow ain't NEVER been one of them. YOU may know the history of this story which makes it clear to you, but if you're not familiar with it, the idea of a BLACK person infiltrating the KKK isn't something you're automatically going to get. You dumb "smart" mfs kill me on the internet trying to sound more intellectual than you are.

  • hi-liter

    Y'lan the dude from Insecure right?....oh yeah, Both are some good looking chocolate brothers. John David looks just like his mother to me.

  • Ni Ni

    I believe the story is based on this guy my dad told me about some years ago. The black guy worked for the fbi and went under cover as a klansman by phone and had a white guy pretend to be him in person. He got information about the klan that way.

    Edit: Not FBi, but police office which Sandra did mention. I just googled him to be sure.

  • Toni Toni Toni

    This definitely IS NOT a film I will want to pay and go see in the movies. Some of Spikes films are OUT THERE. Im'ma have to see this on a FIRESTICK or something..

  • iWasteTime

    Y'lan can def get it.
    That show has a lot of good looking brothers

  • iWasteTime

    YES ma'am. It is the man up top in the write up with the caucasian wife.

  • Logan Roberts

    John David does nothing for me, where's
    your daddy? Kelly looks cute. Alfre Woodard is beginning to look like Cissy Houston.

  • hi-liter

    The KKK must have been full of MFs didn't want us to drink from water fountains, but you Actually thought a Black Man wanted to be a member of that organization? Esp in those days? Currently, in 2018 there may be some contenders based on how these coons stomp for Donald Dump.

  • rockstar2142

    Kelly & yara look beautiful.

  • CoTToNCaNDie SWeeTAsGolD

    Thank you for that breakdown. I was a little confused myself, and didn't really care to take the time to google it.

  • SummerBaby

    Thanks for that clarification. I was equally confused on what the movie was about.

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    Chile...I get the shakes down there everytime I see him on Insecure LOLOLOLOL.... and when the new Purge movie came out he was looking like a Young Wesley Snipes Chile....

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    He looks like both his mom and his dad to me...I just like the fact that he is so lowkey and humble and that smile....

  • pure_rachet

    They didn't know he was black. He was undercover.

  • FukkFolks2018

    I just havent been able to can with Spike Lee in a minute far as a scripted movie (I say scripted bc love his documentaries). I am surprised I liked the She's Gotta Have it show on Netflix. He lost me around Bamboozled. And he did this really really REALLY strange ass horror movie back in like 2013-2014 called Da Sweet Blood of Jesus that when I kept asking around nobody had even heard of it, let alone watched it. Me and boyfriend watched it one night and it was a huge ass HELL NAW.

    Wish this movie and the folks in it the best but sorry. No.

  • hi-liter

    How was he able to do that? Did he wear the "hood" at all times? Did he white his skin out?

  • Kanyade

    i'll rent this feature. i remember coming across the book some years back.

  • Coy little wink

    Ok Kelly ??? how I love a wide leg pant with cuffs and creases ?

  • Ebony Starr

    I saw an advanced screening and it was really good. If you can go see it. It's less Spike Lee influenced.

  • Kanyade

    i like when he directs other features not scripted by him: The Inside Man....25th Hour, etc. I didn't have the strungth to watch the "Oldboy" remake...loved the original too much.

  • pure_rachet

    Mainly over the phone but I don't know about in person and I'm too lazy to look it up.

  • stav

    He spoke to them over the phone, but sent a white officer to play him once he had to meet the head of the kkk in person.

  • MissHarlem

    ? cmon now we all fall short in our careers. You know which movies to dodge so blame y'all. The bigger picture out weighs the smaller one. I don't watch all his things because an individual we won't like everything but the ones with substance he doesn't fall short on and this movie is one.

  • hi-liter

    Got ya!

  • MissHarlem

    I was always fascinated by this story since I knew about it years back. I like the preview I seen in the theater so I'm in there. Google is your friend if you're not informed about the movie as well as the stories about this. You're welcome

  • Vonn
  • Coy little wink

    Local review of this is pretty good...I'll watch it to see the fashions and afros for sure ?

  • Carrington

    Now THIS makes sense... and actually makes the movie seem a bit more interesting. The problem with Spike Lee movies is that they're often confusing and leave you scratching your head, so when one of his films is marketed with the head scratch concept... it turns me off from doing any research. This, I can get with.

  • Stan4NoOne

    I live in NYC and it's pretty clear via the marketing that the Black guy is the voice and Adam Driver, who plays his partner, is him when he needs to be present physically. The fact that you have to resort to name calling tells me all I need to know about you. Good day.

  • Vonn

    Y'lan makes me speechless. Loves me some chocolate& a beautiful smile.

  • Kanyade

    that one picture of Alfre... O_O got me lol'ing

  • Stan4NoOne

    No, that guy is playing David Duke.

  • millz

    John David ? he’s a former footballer from morehouse ?
    I loved Topher in traffic ??
    Hey Yara ? such a classy young lady

  • Carrington

    Wait, did this person who called me #slow just say that I resorted to name calling? See, if I called you a clueless b8tch, THAT would be name calling... but I'm sophisticated on Thursday's. re-GTFOH

  • Stan4NoOne

    Good day.

  • KcoolMuziq
  • Kim’s Original Face

    I want to see this JD is fine ?

  • thick1tyme

    John David been my man crush since Season 1 of Ballers. When he was hopping out the pool soaking wet.

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    Heeeeeeeeeyyyyyyyyy John David

  • iWasteTime

    A black man is playing David Duke?!? Now I'm lost ... loll

  • Carrington

    See, why I'm confused... although I knew no damn black man wasn't playin David Duke. LOL

  • BingBangBoom

    Yara is one of those girls who will never age.

  • Gamer?? Chick

    I will check it out.

  • Around the world

    I'll definitely check this out. It looks good.

  • Enoughsaid2020

    Looking forward to this movie.

  • Trace da Ace

    I want to see it, but will wait till I can get it on Firestick.....them movie theater seats kills my back....

  • Ebony Starr

    It seems a lot of people may think of the Dave Chappell skit where he was a blind, black Klansman. But the lead character never actually meets the Plan in person as himself. He sends a white, in fact Jewish man, which brings up another level of issues. The Jewish man poses as Ron Stallworth and onteracys woth the Klan.

  • PhillyFacts

    Thanks for the info; I was confused how he did it as well. Brilliant!

  • ViolettaBliss

    John is finnnnnneeeeeee....

  • Nikkiknows

    Saw a trailer last night, definitely checking this out. Also, I love Kelly's outfit.

  • Renee Bee

    Kelly looks ahh- mazing. I wish my gut would let me be great to wear that fit. ???

  • Renee26

    Saw the trailer and wasn't interested in seeing it

  • Yoni7

    Yall don't have the plush leather ones that recline?

  • Yoni7

    I said they wrong for that. I bet one day Sandra is going to use it as a side-by-side with a pic of Wendy and a heaping helping pile of shade. It's coming.

  • missmiami305

    David is fine AF!!!!! Reading the book now tho.

  • missmiami305

    Girl!!!!!! I had no clue he was Denzel’s son for a minute. I always thought he was fine. When I found out Denzel was his daddy his stock went up more.

  • Alextra Ballard

    Lookin at Denzel Washington's son...hmmm ok!

  • T3

    Serve Kellz!!!!!!!!!! Yaaaassss

  • Legacy

    Ewe Topher’s wife........ lookin like a meth head hillbilly with jaws of steele!!

  • Stan4NoOne

    My bad! I misunderstood who you were referring to.

  • KcoolMuziq

    I'm sure HE'S not losing any sleep over it.

  • Reenaface

    Why does Dave Chappelle always looks so sweaty like he came straight from the gym. And I don't care for the dress he's wearing either.???

  • Reenaface

    Is this on Netflix?

  • Solstice

    I love Yara Shahidi! Beautiful young lady and smart too. Her parents are awesome and she gets her beauty from her mother! They look like twins, just different shades. ????

  • Bashi22

    John David Washington handsome he as his mother features to me

  • Connie

    I agree that he looks like his mom. He has his daddy's voice tho. When I heard him speak on Rickey Smiley show, I was like...damn, he took his daddy's voicebox.

  • Kimocha

    Ummm Dave Chappelle... Rick James tried to warn yo ass that Cocaine Is A Hell Of A Drug!!! Let it go bro!