INSECURE stars Natasha Rothwell (Kelli) and Amanda Seales (Tiffany)
BALLERS stars London Brown (Reggie) and Jazmyn Simon (Julie)
Caroline Knapp, Hunter Bell, Natalie Harms, Brittany Boone
Taylor Hudgins, Ceron, Amando Saenz, Sydney Brooks
Stephen Boutros, Amanda Abiasi, Neera Patidar, Brian De Armas
Sara Donchey, Michael Wade
Owen and Angela Daniels
Nathaniel James, Kimberly McNair
Mia Gradney, Jazmyn Simon, Chita Craft
Carrie Evans, Kristen Parks, Meredith Johnston
Artist Ange Hillz
Ballers shirts by DGTPrintLab
Insecure shirts by DGTPrintLab
Amanda Seales performing during Trap Karaoke
Bun B surprises the audience with a live performance
Trap Karaoke packed White Oak Music Hall.
Trap Karaoke performer
Two of HBO’s biggest shows landed in Houston Wednesday night for an exclusive summer premiere event, where a collection of VIPs gathered at White Oak Music Hall to preview the season openers for hit shows Ballers and Insecure.
Prior to the premiere, guests were treated to a posh, pre-party on White Oak’s mezzanine, which featured everything from a live speed painting by Houston-based artist Ange Hillz to custom monogrammed, show-themed shirts by DGTPrintLab.
A bevy of fare — including stuffed waffle cones, miniature sliders, and a build-you-own avocado station courtesy Cordua Catering — and flowing cocktails kept attendees fueled for the long night ahead.
Of course, no special screening is complete without a little celebrity talent. The event featured character cameos from both shows — Insecure’s Amanda Seales (Tiffany) and Natasha Rothwell (Kelli) as well as Ballers’ London Brown (Reggie) and Jazmyn Simon (Julie Greane) were all in attendance.
The viewing party wasn’t the only highlight of the night. HBO also partnered with TRAP Karaoke — a traveling, karaoke series highlighting hip-hop and trap music — to deliver the celebration’s finale.
Ballers star London Brown opened the show before audience members delivered live karaoke performances of hits like Kendrick Lamar’s “M.A.A.D City” and Murphy Lee’s “Shake Ya Tailfeather.” Insecure‘s Amanda Seales also snagged a performance slot delivering her own interpretation of Three 6 Mafia hits.
Rapper Bun B concluded the night with a surprise appearance, rapping his own hit song ““Int’l Players Anthem (I Choose You)” with his wife Queenie, Daphane Fisher, and The Suffers’ Kam Franklin.
On the scene: House of Harper‘s Caroline Harper Knapp, fashion designer Hunter Bell, Ceron, Matt Johns, Stuart Rosenberg, KHOU’s Mia Gradney and Chita Craft, Caroline Starry LeBlanc, BeDESIGN’s Adrian Duenas, White Oak Music Hall proprietors Will Garwood and Will Thomas, Amando Saenz, Sydney Brooks.