CELEB IG: Lupita, Ava, Janelle & More Attend NMAAHC Opening

This weekend marked the historic opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC), the first of its kind in the U.S. As is to be expected the weekend-long festivities were star-studded, with Hollywood and music heavyweights like Lupita Nyong’o, Ava DuVernay, and Janelle Monae attending. <!--nextpage--> We’ve found the “cool kids.” And they are Lupita Nyong’o, David Oyelowo, Ava DuVernay, Andre Holland, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Glynn Turman, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae. <!--nextpage--> Ava DuVernay screened her film August 28 for the first time at the NMAAHC. She also expressed how proud she was the museum exhibited her words. <!--nextpage--> Janelle Monae was fabulous and revolutionary at the NMAAHC. <!--nextpage--> Black Hollywood definitely represented at the museum opening. Octavia Spencer got a pic with Emmy winner Courtney B. Vance. The actress also expressed her gratitude for participating in the NMAAHC opening weekend. <!--nextpage--> Ruth Bonner, a 99-year-old descendant of a slave, joined the Obamas in ringing a bell from the First Baptist Church of Williamsburg, VA to signal the official opening of the NMAAHC. <!--nextpage--> Pres. Barack Obama takes a photos of former Pres. George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush with the Bonner family. <!--nextpage--> Two heroes of civil rights and equality, Rep. John Lewis and Pres. Obama, embrace during the museum dedication ceremony. <!--nextpage--> Jazmine Sullivan, Common, and Ava DuVernay attended Marriott International’s EncouragHERS Luncheon, marking the grand opening of the NMAAHC. <!--nextpage--> En Vogue was also in D.C. for the museum opening. <!--nextpage--> Quincy Jones gave props to singers Chloe x Halle. <!--nextpage--> Chloe x Halle also performed during the White House’s reception commemorating the NMAAHC. <!--nextpage--> Of course the Big O and her squad were on hand for the NMAAHC festivities. <!--nextpage--> The opening culminated in a black-tie gala to Gayle King‘s pleasure. RELATED: Highlights From The NMAAHC Dedication Ceremony [VIDEOS]

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This weekend marked the historic opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC), the first of its kind in the U.S. As is to be expected the weekend-long festivities were star-studded, with Hollywood and music heavyweights like Lupita Nyong’o, Ava DuVernay, and Janelle Monae attending.

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