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February 9, 2013
Photo Brian Schulz
Three stars of the highly acclaimed documentary, Brooklyn Castle, walked the red carpet last week at the 44th NAACP Image Awards in LA. Brooklyn Castle, the story of IS 318, the Championship chess team (now available on Itunes) was nominated for the Best Documentary award. Pobo "Pobama" Efekoro, Rochelle Ballantyne and National Master Justus Williams flew from NY to LA for the star-studded ceremony. "To walk on the red carpet with Rochelle and Justus was exhilarating" Pobo said, "we were experiencing the the vibe of what it was like to be in Los Angeles, to be a movie star. And its something that the three of us will cherish."

Meeting the rapper Common was a highlight. Rochelle, who aims to be the first female African-American chess master in history, said, "I respect him so much not only for his lyrics but for all he does in society." According to Pobo, upon introducing themselves, Common asked if they knew a guy named Maurice. "Our eyes lit up. 'You mean (Grandmaster) Maurice Ashley!?' He nodded. That was a very cool moment."

Justus wore a tailored Kenneth Cole suit picked out by his grandmother and mom. 

Photo Brian Schulz

Rochelle said her mom chose the gold number below. 

Photo Brian Schulz

Originally Pobo wanted to look "extravagant" but "my mom along with my coworkers decided I should dress formally. I had a dark brand new suit and a gray, black, and blue striped tie. I think it worked out." 

Photo Brian Schulz

Rochelle, who will be attending Stanford in the Fall, said: "LA is so beautiful, I feel like I was born to live in California."

Photo Brian Schulz

Enjoy the gallery by Brooklyn Castle director of photography Brian Schulz below from the reception, awards show and sightseeing in LA. Brooklyn Castle is now available on Itunes and On Demand. 



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