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Harlem Nights Screening to Raise Money for Mentorship Program

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Harlem Nights poster at the Paramount Harlem Nights poster at the Paramount
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) -

The red carpet will be rolled out on at the Paramount Theater on Charlottesville’s downtown mall Thursday night for a movie screening that's also a chance to raise money for a good cause.

Charlottesville's Young Black Professional Network (YBPN) is hosting a showing of Harlem Nights, the classic comedy about a Harlem nightclub in the 1930s featuring Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor.

The money raised at the movie screening will go toward YBPN's Real Men and Real Women 101, a youth mentorship program that will meet one Saturday each month. The funds will help pay for food, materials, and field trips for the program, which starts April 26.

At Thursday's movie screening, there will be a red carpet and people are encouraged to have a little fun by dressing up to be photographed in their best 1930s style - like tuxedos, top hats, flapper dresses, and boas.

"This is an opportunity for the entire community to come together, fellowship, and have fun with each other and also enjoy a great movie," said Wes Bellamy, president of YBPN.

The event starts Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Paramount Theater. The first 100 tickets are free with a donation. After that, tickets cost $6.

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