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

Photo Credit: Leon Bennett/Getty Images for Essence

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Entertainment Latest News Music Videos

Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, Chance The Rapper, Chris Rock, Rihanna, & More Create PSA In Support of #BlackLivesMatter

The Black community is still reeling from the tragic murders of Philando Castille and Alton Sterling at the hands of police. Many have taken to the streets and social media to protest, voice their opinions, and demand a change.

Mic along with a plethora of actors and musicians that include Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, Bono, Chance The Rapper, Chris Rock, Common, Pink, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Hart, Rihanna, Taraji P. Henson, Queen Latifah, Rosario Dawson, Swizz Beatz, Talib Kweli, Lenny Kravitz, Zoe Kravitz, A$AP Rocky, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Levine, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Maxwell have teamed up for PSA titled “23 Ways.” The PSA aims to shed light on the non-stop brutality and countless murders of POC at the hands of the police; simply for doing things most wouldn’t think twice about like walking home with a friend, trying to get help, and making eye contact.

Each harrowing account of the the men, women, and children of color who have been murdered by police, serves as a painful reminder of the deep rooted and systematic racism still prevalent in society today. Watch the PSA in it’s entirety below.



Fly News: Rihanna, Shonda Rhimes, Gladys Knight and More To Be Honored at ‘Black Girls Rock!’ 2016

This year the dynamic BLACK GIRLS ROCK! movement, founded by Beverly Bond, celebrates its 10 year anniversary and its sixth televised broadcast on BET Networks.

In the midst of the momentous occasion, Rihanna is scheduled to receive the Rock Star Award at this year’s ceremony on BET. The chart topping singer, executive producer, fashion designer, actress, astute business entrepreneur and philanthropist will help illuminate the triumphs of brilliant Black women in an extraordinary night celebrating #BlackGirlMagic.

Joining the honoree list are the likes of: producer and writer Shonda Rhimes (Shot Caller Award), R&B legend Gladys Knight (Living Legend Award), The Walking Dead actress and Eclipsed playwright Danai Gurira (Star Power Award), award-winning actress and activist Amandla Stenberg (Young Gifted and Black Award), and Black Lives Matter founders Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi (Community Change Agent Award).

The official taping will take place on Friday, April 1, 2016 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ and the broadcast will premiere on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 8:00 P.M. ET/PT hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross.

Congrats to Rihanna and all of the honorees!

Entertainment The Fly List

#NationalSiblingDay: Our Top Ten Favorite Celebrity Siblings


Quick! Go grab up your brother or sister today and show them some love because it’s #NationalSiblingDay! Here at The SFPL we love seeing our favorite celebs keep the Fly all in the Family. Here’s a a list of our favorite celeb brothers and sisters that we seem to be The Flyest. Check it out after the jump.


Fly LIGHTs: Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross Cover JET Magazine


In the September issue, JET presents two covers – one with Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross as they prepare to launch their new program, ‘black-ish’, and their second annual “40 Under 40 list,” featuring none other than the Jackie Robinson West Little League national champions as the iconic image.


Entertainment Stuff Fly People Like Videos

[Viral Video] Tracee Ellis Ross x Chuck Amos for Optimum Salon Haircare Miracle Oil

As part of the Optimum Salon Haircare Miracle Oil launch, actress and tastemaker Tracee Ellis Ross and celebrity hairstylist Chuck Amos debuted a video titled “Tracee Ellis Ross Discovers a Hair Miracle.” In the comedic performance, Ross packing for a trip, expresses her growing frustrations to having pack a plethora of products for both her hair and skin.


[Fly Recap] B.E.T.’s “Reed Between The Lines”

B.E.T.‘s newborn show Reed Between The Lines had the quite the successful start, as it made its first appearance right after the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards. The Reed Between The Lines episodes 1 & 2 drew an amazing 3.3M viewers & 2.9M viewers respectively!


FLY-LIGHTS: Tracee Ellis Ross at Divine Design Event…

FLY actress, socialite Tracee Ellis Ross was seen at the Divine Desgin event Wednesday evening looking Dope. Her hair was styled in tight curls, and her fresh face appeared make-up less, just how we like it, A natural beauty indeed! Her belted V-neck polka dot dress fits her silhouette perfectly, and her brown stilettos broke away from the dark color to give a slight splash. That clutch brings it all together.


I wish she would’ve worn some earrings, but at least she’s not looking like fellow Girlfriends Co-Star Golden Brooks


Maya Wilkes! What would Jabari say if he saw you now?


Last Night in NYC

Last NIGHT in NYC: ELLE’s ELLEments of Personal Style Gala…

Fly gal Estelle attends the 25th anniversary of ELLE and the launch of ELLEments of Personal Style with White House Black Market at MOMA in NYC. The book showcases the Stylish Women throughout the Fashion and Entertainment Industry and Estelle is one of them, Congrats Stelle !!

Tracee Ellis Ross (who is also an honoree ) was on hand, we haven’t seen you in a while. Tracee is indeed a fashion Plate, we approve. Other Notables on deck include; Vera Wang, Fatima Robinson, Christian Siriano, Diane von Fürstenberg, Rachel Roy and Fern Mallis to name a few.

-Stay Fly!

Seen on The Scene...


Lindsay was recently spotted in NY at the Inglourious Basterds screening.

SMH…I don’t know what to say. I am really worried about this chick. Popeyes Chicken anyone???

Love the shoes though! 🙂

More Seen On The Scene after the jump….