Some of the industry’s biggest names recently gathered to celebrate, as Oprah Winfrey said, “the magic of our sisterhood.” Essence Magazine hosted their ninth annual Black Women in Hollywood luncheon, held at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons in Beverly Hills. The luncheon was filled with endless talent and fashion; some of those in attendance included Tia Mowry, Zendaya, Keke Palmer, Kelly Rowland, Meagan Good, Tina Knowles, Oprah Winfrey, LeToya Luckett and many more.
The Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon is the opening of events hosted by Essence during their celebration of Black Women in Movies and Television. This year the honorees were actress Tracee Ellis Ross for the Fierce and Fearless Award, director and actress Debbie Allen for the Legend Award and entertainment lawyer Nina Shaw who received the Power Award.
This year’s celebrated women will join a long list of former honorees including Oprah Winfrey, Maya Angelou, Lupita Nyong’o, Viola Davis, Cicely Tyson and Taraji P, Henson.
Throughout the acceptance speeches, the women spoke on their growth and experiences of being Black Women in the industry. They also touched on the dilemma of the recent #OscarsSoWhite topic.
“The idea that we gather in this space to speak each other’s name in praise and raise each other up in celebration, that’s a divine moment,” Oprah said. “We all represent what’s possible when we come together and realize … we are the wisdom source for each other.”
During Tracee Ellis Ross’ acceptance of her Fierce and Fearless award, she got emotional as she shared that she did not plan to attend due to issues with her voice.
“Not having a voice has been a very spiritual experience for me,” Ross said. “I learned a lot and got clear in a way that I’ve never been clear before, but the thing that came to me was I am not the sound of my voice. I am me and I can be the same me without a voice.”
Ross’s love for Black Girl Magic gave her the courage to attend; she left the stage saying, “This room is filled with women that do not always get to recognize or feel how great and important we are,” she said. “Joining each other here today reminds us that we must see our own strength, depth, beauty, joy, texture and importance so that others can see it too.”
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It’s always great to see black women being celebrated!
Written By: Nicquana Tashea