ESSENCE 2017 Black Women in Hollywood Awards & Gala [LOTS OF PHOTOS] Friday 24 February, 2017
The ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards & Gala was presented by The Lincoln Motor Company showed out with one of the hottest event that preluded the Oscars. This event is highlighting black women in Hollywood in all of their glitz and glam, a special award ceremony that gives credit to the women who deserve it!
ESSENCE, the preeminent brand for African-American women, proudly honored remarkable moments and performers in film and television at yesterday’s 10th annual ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Awards & Gala. Honoring Hollywood’s “Next Generation” the 2017 ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood awards were presented to Janelle Monáe, Issa Rae, Aja Naomi King and Yara Shahidi.
All hail Issa Rae. I love her so much. I am an original ABG (Awkward Black Girl) and she had a major breakout debut as a director/writer/actor of her own show Insecure. Uber proud and the epitome of Black Girl Magic. Issa Rae was presented the Vanguard Award by Debbie Allen.
Jurnee is my girl. She is my celeb doppelganger (everyone has told me my whole life I look like her). She is a new mom but looks radiant. Love you girl.
Lets all send Viola Davis some good Oscar winning energy for her nomination in Fences. We are rooting for you! Actress Aja Naomi King was presented the Lincoln Shining Star Award by Viola Davis.
We need to really give Janelle her props she has been working it! She is featured in not one, but TWO Oscar nominated movies. She is the co-stars of 2017 Academy Award nominated films Hidden Figures and Moonlight. She is so multi-talented its crazy. This is definitely her year already! Effortless with the fashion per usual. Janelle Monáe was presented the Breakthrough Award by Pharrell Williams.
Meagan can do no wrong to me. She is forever the effortless girl next door and the faux locs is definitely still an amazing look for her!
Many of the Orange is the New Black Cast were there. One of my favorite shows. They all clean-up nicely from prison jumpsuits to red carpet fab! I love them all!
Laverne Cox girl…how just how? She looks amazing like she has an amazing glam squad. You Glow Girl!
You know I love anything Tracee Ellis-Ross does. She is my mom in my head. Her hair, her style, her aura is always everything! Hi Mom!
Yara Shahidi was presented the Generation Next Award by Tracee Ellis Ross.
Hey girl where you been? She grew up, if you need a quick reminder Qwenzhane is still the youngest person to be nominate for an Academy Award in history. She was nominated for her role in Beast of the Southern Wild when she was only five then the film was produced, and nine when she was nominated.
Singer and Former Destiny’s Child member Letoya Luckett did not come to play. Definitely red carpet chic ready! Love the fit of this gown.
This is by far one of my favorite looks of the night! She is gave me Spring in Bloom Vibes.
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Doesnt everyone look ravishing! Man I wish I was there but I feel the excellence through the screen!
Known as one of Oscar week’s most exalted and star-studded events, the red carpet included celebrity appearances and guests such as Gabrielle Union, Shonda Rhimes, Viola Davis, Pharrell Williams, Common, Tracee Ellis Ross, Jurnee Smollet-Bell, Laverne Cox, Alfre Woodard, Holly Robinson Pete, Sherri Shepard, Tyrese Gibson, Alfred Enoch, Letoya Luckett, Quvenzhane Wallis, Debbie Allen, Tina Knowles-Lawson, Loni Love, Margaret Avery amongst others. Cynthia Erivo offered a heart-wrenching solo performance between honoree acceptances.
The ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Awards & Gala will be televised as an ESSENCE and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network special, airing on Sunday, March 5 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on OWN.