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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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We Love: Essence Debuts #BlackGirlMagic Issue For Black History Month

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In celebration of Black History Month Essence magazine announced their first #BlackGirlMagic issue. The aptly named issue aims to highlight trailblazing women of color who are shaping the future. #BlackGirlMagic’s Class of 2016 cover stars include actresses Teyonah Parris of Chi-Raq and Yara Shadidi of Black-ish, alongside activist Johnetta “Netta” Elzie.

“Being a part of this reemergence of a movement both pro-diversity and pro-woman is the best part of being a black girl,” 16-year-old Shahidi told Essence.

Other notable women of color being honored as part of Essence’s “Class of 2016” include Aja Naomi King, Bree Newsome, Willow Smith, Zendaya, and Quvenzhane Wallis. These amazing women are being recognized for they have accomplished in their respective fields. The issue hits newsstands everywhere Friday, Jan. 8th.

Source: Essence

By: Arlene Danna

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#ANNIE: Quvenzhane Wallis Performs “Hard Knock Life” (Jay Z Style) on DANCING WITH THE STARS

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This winter, Academy Award nominated Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) returns to the big screen as America’s most adorable and inspiring orphan in the remake of the 1984 classic, Annie. In a performance that is sure to leave us all amazed, Annie sings and dances her way into our hearts just in time for the holiday season. Quvenzhane graced the stage last night on Dancing With the Stars Fall 2014 Season Finale and gave America a sneak peek of what to expect in theaters, singing and dancing to the film classic “It’s a Hard Knock Life” with a slight Jay Z flare. Catch the dope magic below!

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ANNIE stars Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhane Wallis cover ESSENCE

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We’re excited to see ANNIE stars Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhané Wallis gracing the cover of ESSENCE magazine’s December issue!

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Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz Star in Annie Remake [Trailer]

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 The official trailer for the ‘Annie‘ remake is here! Oscar-nominated Quvenzhané Wallis (Beast of the Southern Wild) stars as the modern-day orphan Annie.