Essence Black Women In Hollywood

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Oprah Opens 2015 Black Women in Hollywood Awards Luncheon

Honors go to Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Regina King, Ruth Carter and “Orange Is the New Black” cast members  

 

 

 

The event: At the Feb. 19 Black Women in Hollywood Awards Luncheon, Essence Magazine honored actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw of “Belle” and “Beyond the Lights”; actress-director Regina King of “Ray,” “Southland” and “Jerry Maguire”; Oscar-nominated costume designer Ruth Carter; newcomer Iman Milner; and cast members of “Orange Is the New Black:” Adrienne Moore, Danielle Brooks, Laverne Cox, Lorraine Toussaint, Samira Wiley, Uzo Aduba and Vicky Jeudy.

The scene: Standing ovations, shouts of encouragement from the audience and emotional acceptance speeches set the day’s tone. “I was already crying at my seat,” said King. “I told my sister I would keep it together…. I lied” 

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The ceremonies: Star power radiated from the program’s first moments as Oprah Winfrey, Carmen Ejogo of “Selma” and Aja Naomi King of “How to Get Away With Murder” ascended the stage at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel to pay tribute to Maya Angelou, who died in May, by reading a poem she wrote for Winfrey’s 50th birthday…

Click here to read my entire story on the “All the Rage” section of the Los Angeles Times, and scroll down this page to see more photos.

 

As a side note, more than an awards ceremony, the luncheon also featured a special highlight. At one point Essence editor-at-large and the affair’s emcee Mikki Taylor asked the audience, “Are you ready for treat time?”

John Legend then sang “All of Me,” before Common joined him to perform “Glory,” the Oscar-nominated tune from the Oscar-nominated film, “Selma.” A few days later, the song – already a winner at this year’s Golden Globes – captured the Academy Award, too.

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Top photo: Oprah Winfrey paid tribute to Maya Angelou during the ceremony at the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards Luncheon (Frank Micelotta / PictureGroup)

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Second photo: “Orange Is the New Black” cast members honored, from left, Samira Wiley, Adrienne Moore, Danielle Brooks, Lorraine Toussaint, Laverne Cox, Vicky Jeudy and Uzo Aduba, accepting the Vanguard Award at the Essence Black Women In Hollywood Awards Luncheon (Frank Micelotta / PictureGroup)

Third photo: Regina King , left, and Erica Ash arrive at the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards Luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel  (Photo by Scott Kirkland/ PictureGroup)

Fourth photo:  Shonda Rhimes arrives at the Essence Black Women In Hollywood Awards Luncheon (Photo by Scott Kirkland/ PictureGroup)

Fifth photo: Honoree Gugu Mbatha-Raw at the Essence Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon (Photo by (Photo by Scott Kirkland/ Picture Group)

 

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Essence Black Women In Hollywood

Published Feb. 26, 2015 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA