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Fly Recap: 10th Annual Essence Black Women In Hollywood Awards & Gala Presented by The Lincoln Motor Company

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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.

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 Smollett-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.

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Powerhouse actress Aja Naomi King was presented the Lincoln Shining Star Award by Viola Davis. Multi-talented singer, songwriter, actress, and model Janelle Monáe was presented the Breakthrough Award by Pharrell Williams. Issa Rae was presented the Vanguard Award by Debbie Allen and Yara Shahidi was presented the Generation Next Award by Tracee Ellis Ross. 

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.

The ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards & Gala was presented by The Lincoln Motor Company and sponsored by AT&T, Coca-Cola, Colgate® Optic White®, GEICO, L’Oréal Paris, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Walmart.

Please visit Essence.com for highlights and behind-the-scenes footage from the ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards & Gala.  Follow Essence on Twitter @essenceonline #BlackWomenInHollywood and join in the discussion at www.facebook.com/essence.

Photo Credit: Leon Bennett/Getty Images for Essence

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Last Night In NYC: Netflix Hosts Intimate Dinner With The Cast & Crew of Marvel’s Luke Cage

Last Night in the heart of Harlem at Ginny’s Supper Club located in the Red Rooster, Netflix hosted an intimate dinner featuring the cast and crew of their upcoming Netflix series Luke Cage.

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New York press and tastemakers filled the room, mixed and mingle with the cast while enjoying complimentary glasses of wine. Notable guests included Touré, Bevy Smith, Shannon Lanier (Arise360) , Chuck Creekmur (AllhipHop.com), Blogxilla and Brittany Lewis (Global Grind), Danielle Young (The Root), Gia Peppers,Alvin Blanco (Hip-Hop Wired) ,Hip-Hop Gamer (Hot 97) , Shamika Sanders (Hello Beautiful), SFPL’s own Rae Holliday, Gabriel Williams and Bernard Beanz Smalls & many more.

Cast and crew of the show in attendance included, showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker, score composers Ali Shaheed, Adrian Shaheed, Alfre Woodard, Mahershala Ali, Simone Missick and Theo Rossi.

Guests and the cast were treated to a three-course meal before the q&a with the cast moderated by Jasmine Simpkins (Hip-Hop Hollywood). To get things started Ali Shaheed and Adrian Younge spoke about the impressive hip-hop heavy score behind the show and even played an exclusive track from the show featuring Method Man.

The cast of the show then joined them to get the Q&A session started about the show. What was clear and very evident in the room was the excitement for Marvel’s first black superhero show. Among other topics touched on were as mentioned above the show’s hip-hop influenced score, the neighborhood of Harlem being its own character in the show, each of the shows characters themselves and more.

It was an amazing night and we were definitely honored to be in the building to be a part of such an important event in television. We got a chance to see the show in advance and broke down why we loved the show, and we are quite confident you will too.

For more photos from the night hit the gallery below and remember to watch Luke Cage when it premieres on Netflix September 30th, 12:01 am PT!

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5 FLY Reasons Why We Loved Marvel/Netflix’s New Original Series Luke Cage

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Marvel’s Luke Cage

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weet Christmas! A lot of folks will be saying Luke’s famous catchphrase  come September 30th when Luke Cage officially premieres on NETFLIX.

Luke Cage takes place several months following the events of Jessica Jones. Luke relocates from Hell’s Kitchen to Harlem for a fresh start. He looks to keep a relatively low profile by working in the local barbershop owned by Pops (Frankie Faison) who is loved in the neighborhood. Night’s Luke works at a nightclub washing dishes that just happens to be owned by Harlem crime lord Cornell “Cottenmouth” Stokes (Mahershala Ali).

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Marvel’s Luke Cage

His peaceful life quickly changes when a bunch of local youngsters get involved in some shady business that turns deadly. Those events lead to Cage making the decision of having to come out of hiding and put to use his amazing abilities to keep the streets of Harlem safe.

We got a chance to screen the upcoming Netflix series and broke down five FLY reasons you will be binge watching Luke Cage. Yup Netflix and chill season is really upon us hit the links below for the breakdown.

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Mike Colter Defends The Streets of Harlem In New Trailer For Upcoming Netflix Series ‘Luke Cage’.

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weet Christmas! Netflix/Marvel gave us a small glimpse of what to expect from the upcoming Luke Cage original Netflix series. Today we get a healthy look at the upcoming original series coming to the popular streaming service this September.

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With the Isaac Haye’s “Walk on By” as the soundtrack we see the reluctant hero Luke Cage (Mike Colter) decide to use his abilities to make a difference in Harlem a “perpetual symbol of hope and prosperity” as described by Alfre Woodard who plays powerful political figure Mariah Dillard. We also get a really good look at his nemesis Cornell “Cottenmouth” Stokes (Mahershala Ali) dishing out bloody and severe punishment. Rosario Dawson returns as nurse Claire Temple and is heavily featured in the trailer. Comic book nerds will also rejoice to see Misty Knight (Simone Missick) in the trailer as she is a major role player in the Luke Cage and upcoming Iron Fist universe.

We will also see exactly how Luke Cage gained his abilities due to a botched military experiment on him. This new trailer definitely succeeds in building up the anticipation for original series. Peep the intense new trailer for Luke Cage below:

Luke Cage premieres on Netflix, September 30th at 12:01 am! Looks like our Netflix and Chill nights will be action packed !

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Marvel Releases Key Art for ‘Marvel’s Luke Cage’

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Today, Netflix released the key art for their original series Marvel’s Luke Cage via the show’s TwitterFacebook and Instagram pages, leading up to the trailer debut tomorrow.

‘Marvel’s Luke Cage’, the third show in the Defenders series to launch on Netflix, will premiere globally on September 30, 2016 at 12:01am PT. The series follows the launches of Marvel’s Daredevil and Marvel’s Jessica Jones, and leads up to the future release of Marvel’s Iron Fist and ultimately, Marvel’s The Defenders.

In this groundbreaking new series, audiences will witness the evolution of Luke Cage (previously introduced in ‘Marvel’s Jessica Jones’) after he has relocated to Harlem and is in the process of picking up the pieces following his failed relationship with Jessica Jones. Like the preceding Marvel series on Netflix, ‘MLC’ is a gritty, action-packed drama, grounded in the real world with heroes who focus on saving their neighborhood and have their feet firmly planted on the ground.

About Marvel’s Luke Cage:

After a sabotaged experiment leaves him with super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage (Mike Colter) becomes a fugitive trying to rebuild his life in modern day Harlem, New York City. But he is soon pulled out of the shadows and must fight a battle for the heart of his city – forcing him to confront a past he had tried to bury.

Mike plays the charismatic lead character, Luke Cage and is joined by Mahershala Ali (Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes), Alfre Woodard (Mariah Dillard), Simone Missick (Misty Knight), Theo Rossi (Shades), Frank Whaley (Rafael Scarfe) and Rosario Dawson (Claire Temple).