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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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Nene Leakes, Bryshere “Yazz” Gray, Debbie Allen, Luke James & more Attend Johnny Gill’s 50th Birthday Celebration

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Over the weekend, the stars aligned to celebrate the 50th birthday of legendary singer Johnny Gill. The 50 Shades of Johnny themed birthday celebration was held at a private Bel-Air mansion.

VIP’s in attendance included: Smokey Robinson, NeNe LeakesCynthia BaileyNicole MurphyEric BenetBryshere Y. GrayCedric The EntertainerRon DevoeMichael Bevins, Luke JamesShaun RobinsonJill Marie JonesNichelle TurnerYvette Nicole BrownJon Jon (Troop), Phillip Bailey (Earth, Wind & Fire), Jeffery OsborneKenny LattimoreRocsi DiazJoeDebbie AllenSheryl Lee RalphA.D. DolphinHarmony SamuelsMAJOR. and more.

Photo Credit: @ArnoldShoots

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Vh1 Big In 2015: Elizabeth Banks and Miss Piggy Make Out [Video]

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Check out Miss Piggy & Elizabeth Banks celebrating at the VH1 Big In 2015 with Entertainment Weekly celebration premiering Monday, December 7, 2015 at 9pm ET/PT on VH1. Miss Piggy presented the honor to Elizabeth Banks and she was physically overwhelmed with excitement! It’s THE most hilarious moment ever, as Elizabeth calls Piggy her “OG” and “Bad Bitch Boss”.

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Hollywood’s biggest celebrities honor the top entertainers of the year in the “VH1 Big In 2015 with Entertainment Weekly” celebration. On that night, VH1 and Entertainment Weekly, the brands that help define pop culture, team up to toast and roast the people who entertained us the most all year long.

The evening features honorees Amy Schumer and Taraji P. Henson, Elizabeth Banks, Aziz Ansari, the breakout cast from the most successful music biopic of all time Straight Outta ComptonO’Shea Jackson, Jr., Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell, and multi-platinum superstar Nicki Minaj.

T.I. keeps the party going as the host of the evening’s honors. Celebrity presenters include Queen Latifah who praises Nicki Minaj and Ice Cube who presents the “Big In 2015” honor to his son O’Shea Jackson, Jr., accepting the accolade on behalf of the ‘Straight Outta Compton’ cast. The multitalented Debbie Allen toasts Empire star Taraji P. Henson. Amber Rose honors her gal pal Amy Schumer. Aubrey Plaza salutes Aziz Ansari, her Parks and Recreation co-star. And Miss Piggy also hits the party to present Elizabeth Banks her “Big In 2015” honor.

Be sure to tune-in on Monday, December 7, 2015 at 9pm ET/PT on VH1.