The 6th Annual ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon was held yesterday and our favorite stars walked the red carpet. Check out photos from the event below!
The annual ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon recognizes and spotlights the accomplishments of African-American female performers and creators in film and television.
Oscar nominee Quvenzhane Wallis, star of best-picture contender “Beasts of the Southern Wild” was among the honorees Thursday at Essence magazine’s sixth annual Black Women in Hollywood awards luncheon.
Oprah Winfrey was teary-eyed as she took the stage after being introduced by the graduating class of her namesake Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa.
Actress Gabrielle Union moved the audience as she accepted the Fierce & Fearless award. Union said she had long pretended to be fierce and fearless but actually reveled in gossip and “took joy in people’s pain and tap-danced on their misery.” She said she posed for photos in such a way to “minimize my blackness” and didn’t speak out against racism in school or in Hollywood when she was younger.
Grammy-winning singer Miguel performed his winning hit, “Adore,” and rapper-actor Common did an impromptu freestyle during a brief technical difficulty, working the names of the six honorees into a quick rap.
Toni, Lynn, Maya, Joan! Former cast members of the sitcom “Girlfriends” reunited on the red carpet at yesterday’s Sixth Annual ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Awards Luncheon at Beverly Hills Hotel. Actresses Jill Marie Jones, Persia White, Golden Brooks, and Tracee Ellis Ross attended the event in honor of “Girlfriends” creator, Mara Brock Akil, who was being honored at this year’s event.
Other stars attending the luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel included Blair Underwood, Laila Ali, Star Jones, Jill Scott and Tracee Ellis Ross.
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