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


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.


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 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

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Out With The Orange, In With The NUDE: Laverne Cox Bares It All For Allure Magazine

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Lavern Cox is setting her orange jailhouse jumpsuit aside and boldly going nude for Allure! With the hit show Orange Is The New Black returning for Season 4 on Netflix and now this, she is on the way to making a huge change in the way we see transgender women in television. Lavern admits that she was doubtful when first approached with the opportunity to go nude, but knowing and understanding her position in representing  2 communities, she later agreed.


Just beautiful!


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“Seeing a black transgender woman embracing and loving everything about herself might be inspiring to some other folks. There’s beauty in the things we think are imperfect. That sounds very cliché, but it’s true. I honestly just want to make myself happy most, and if other people like it, then that’s great. If they don’t, then I’m still happy.”

– Lavern Cox



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Laverne Cox and DJ KISS host the ‘#GoBold Video Challenge

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#OITNB’s Laverne Cox and NYC’s most sought out music enthusiast, DJ KISS host ELLE x Revlon‘s ‘#GoBold Video Challenge’. In this episode, contestants meet Mentor Provocateur DJ Kiss, who challenges them to vie for the attention of the crowd at ‘BeautyCon’ as they work the ELLE Magazine booth and encourage consumers to flash their lashes with Revlon Bold Lacquer™ Mascara. Check out more below…

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John Legend – ‘You & I (Nobody In The World)’ [Fly Visual]

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John Legend provides a heartfelt visual entitled “You & I (Nobody In The World)” from his current successful album ‘Love in the Future’.