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PHOTOS: Oprah, Ava DuVernay, Niecy Nash and more stars at the world premiere of ‘When They See Us’



The stars descended on the Apollo Theater in Harlem on Monday night for the world premiere of the masterful miniseries, When They See Us. The four-part series directed by Ava DuVernay is her best work to date and hits Netflix on May 31.

Based on a true story that gripped the country, When They See Us chronicles the notorious case of five teenagers of color, labeled the Central Park Five, who were convicted of a rape they did not commit. The four part limited series will focus on the five teenagers from Harlem — Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise. Beginning in the spring of 1989, when the teenagers were first questioned about the incident, the series spans 25 years, highlighting their exoneration in 2002 and the settlement reached with the city of New York in 2014.

Netflix drops trailer for long-awaited Ava DuVernay series on the Central Park 5: ‘When They See Us’

Check out the photos:

Ava DuVernay

Ava DuVernay
Monica Schipper / Getty for Netflix, Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty for Netflix

The creator, director, and co-writer of the series hit the carpet in a lovely lavender gown and her signature hairstyle.

Reverend Al Sharpton

Al Sharpton
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Rev. Al Sharpton was one of the loudest voices supporting the Central Park 5 when they were being prosecuted.

Niecy Nash & Jharrel Jerome

Niece Nash/ Jharrel Jerome
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The duo who play mother/son duo, Delores Wise and Corey Wise posed for some sweet snapshots together.

Blair Underwood

Blair Underwood
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The actor who plays Bobby Burns in the series showed up in an all-white ensemble.

Storm Reid

Storm Reid
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The actress who also starred in DuVernay’s A Wrinkle In Time took on one of her most mature roles to date in When They See Us.

Marquis Rodriguez

Marquis Rodriguez
Monica Schipper / Getty for Netflix, Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty for Netflix

Like all of his co-stars, this young actor was flawless in his portrayal of Raymond Santana.

Marsha Stephanie Blake

Marsha Stephanie Blake
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Blake gave a heart-wrenching performance in When They See Us, portraying Linda McCray.

Omar Dorsey

Omar Dorsey
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The Queen Sugar alum reunited with DuVernay to play Elombre Bath in the four-part series that hits Netflix May 31.

Gayle King

Gayle King
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King was on deck to show her support for the masterpiece and spent some time with BFF, Oprah Winfrey once inside the theater.

Michael K. Williams

Michael K. Williams
Monica Schipper / Getty for Netflix, Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty for Netflix

Williams took on the role of tragically flawed father, Bobby McCray and delivered a seamless performance.

Asante Blackk

Caleel Harris
Monica Schipper / Getty for Netflix, Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty for Netflix

Watching Blackk portray Kevin Richardson in the series was a rattling experience that made it quite clear that the victims in this story were just children.

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey
Monica Schipper / Getty for Netflix, Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty for Netflix

Oprah Winfrey locks hands with Ava DuVernay in celebration of one of the most powerful films we’ve ever seen.

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