Tia Mowry

Tia Mowry


Wendy Rachel Robinson

Wendy Rachel Robinson

Mara Brock Akil

Mara Brock Akil


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.

Highlights:

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.

source: http://www.ctvnews.ca

Red Carpet Photos:

Common

Common

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Professional boxer Laila Ali

Professional boxer Laila Ali

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Actress Tamera Mowry

Actress Tamera Mowry

Garcelle Beauvais

Garcelle Beauvais

Oprah Winfrey (C) and students from her school in Africa

Oprah Winfrey (C) and students from her school in Africa

Kelly Rowland

Kelly Rowland

Model Naomi Campbell

Model Naomi Campbell

"Girlfriends" Actress Golden Brooks

“Girlfriends” Actress Golden Brooks

Actress Tichina Arnold

Actress Tichina Arnold

Actresses Jill Marie Jones, Persia White, Golden Brooks and Tracee Ellis Ross

Actresses Jill Marie Jones, Persia White, Golden Brooks and Tracee Ellis Ross

Actress Meagan Good

Actress Meagan Good

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Star Jones attends

Star Jones attends

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Michael Ealy

Michael Ealy

Actress Persia White from GIRLFRIENDS

Actress Persia White from GIRLFRIENDS

Actress Qvenzhane Wallis

Actress Qvenzhane Wallis

Actress Alfre Woodard (L) and her husband

Actress Alfre Woodard (L) and her husband

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Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Union

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Holly Robinson Peete

Holly Robinson Peete

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey