The 6th Annual Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards Luncheon took place yesterday afternoon, and by the looks of the photos and coverage I’ve been watching, it was EPIC! Each year, Essence alongside Lincoln Motor Company, and sponsors such as L’Oreal, Target, Geico, and Smartwater recognize several women in the entertainment and film industry who have inspired us on so many levels with their talent and craft.
This year’s celebrants were: Oprah Winfrey, Gabrielle Union, Naomie Harris, Mara Brock Akil, Alfre Woodard, and Quvenzhane Wallis. What a fab group of women who are really doing things in a positive way!
The event, which takes place every year during Oscar week, is a definitive milestone for women of color. I followed several women who attended the soiree (including bloggers Afrobella and Karen Civil), and their tweets and photos from the luncheon made me so proud to be a woman of color. I am so proud of these ladies who are doing it big, and as a mom of a young African American girl, I love that I can share the wonderful work these woman do with pride.
Check out the photos below from the event:
Photo credit: Getty Images