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Judith Davis
4mo New York, NY, United States Story
Jenifer Lewis, Regina Hall, Amandla Stenberg and Kiki Layne Honored at The 12th Annual Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards

Kicking off Oscar weekend with style and grace, ESSENCE celebrated four remarkable Hollywood artist-activists during its 12th annual “BLACK WOMEN IN HOLLYWOOD AWARDS,” held Thursday, February 21, 2019, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA.

The luncheon, themed “Art + Activism,” was hosted by Grammy Award-Winning singer and actress, Kelly Rowland; and honored actress and comedian Regina Hall (Black Women in Hollywood Award Recipient); actress/singer and author Jenifer Lewis (Black Women in Hollywood Award Recipient); actress Amandla Stenberg (Black Women in Hollywood Award Recipient) and actress KiKi Layne (Ford Spotlight Award Recipient). Regina King, Sanaa Lathan, Elaine Welteroth, Loretta Devine and Sheryl Lee Ralph were presenters and Amber Riley performed two beautiful covers of Stephanie Mills’ “Home” and Aretha Franklin’s “Natural Woman.”

The exclusive pre-Oscar event was abuzz with Hollywood Black excellence from actresses to musicians, executives, beauty influencers and more. These A-list guests mingled during a cocktail reception prior to entering the grand ballroom for the ceremonial luncheon.  Among the elite talents present were:

AJ Johnson | Actress/Influencer

Angela Bassett | Former Honoree

Angela Rye | Political Commentator

Anna Diop | Actress

Antoinette Robertson | Actress, Dear White People

Ava DuVernay | Former Honoree

Bevy Smith | Host, Page Six

Bianca Lawson | Actress, Pretty Little Liars

Billy Porter | Actor, Pose/Tony Award winner

Bozoma Saint John | Chief Brand Officier, Endeavor

CCH Pounder | Actress, NCIS: New Orleans

Chandler Kinney | Actress, Lethal Weapon

Chloe X Halle | R&B Duo

Cynthia Erivo | Singer and Actress, Widows

Dawn-Lyen Gardner | Actress, Queen Sugar

DeWanda Wise | Actress, She's Gotta Have It

Edwina Findley Dickerson | Actress, If Loving You Is Wrong

Eva Marcille | Model

Iyanla Vanzant | Inspirational Speaker, Iyanla: Fix My Life

Janet Mock | Producer, Pose

Jimmy Jean-Louis | Actor, Heroes

June Ambrose | Stylist, Influencer

Kandi Burruss | Singer/ Television Personality
Kofi Siriboe | Actor, Queen Sugar

Laura Harrier | Actress, BlacKkKlansman

Logan Browning | Actress, Dear White People

Loni Love | Host, The Real

Loretta DeVine | Former Honoree

Lorraine Toussaint | Actress, Orange Is the New Black

Luvvie Ajayi | Award-winning Author and Speaker

Marsai Martin | Actress, Blackish

Maxine Waters | Congresswoman

Meagan Good | Actress

Melissa De Sousa | Actress, Best Man

Michele Weaver | Actress, Love Is

Nafessa Williams | Actress, This Is Us

Octavia Spencer | Former Honoree

Regina King | If Beale Street Could Talk

Regina Hall | The Hate U Give

Robin Thede | Tv Host, Comedian, Writer

Robin Givens | Actress, Riverdale

Russell Hornsby | Actor, The Hate U Give

Ryan Michelle Bathe | Actress, First Wives Club Show

Salli Richardson-Whitfield | Director, Queen Sugar

Sanaa Lathan

Sean "Diddy" Combs

Sherri Shepherd | Comedic Actress

Sheryl Lee Ralph | Activist and Actress

Sir John Barnett | Make Up Artist/Influencer

Skai Jackson | Actress, Jessie

Tonya Lewis Lee | Producer and Spike Lee | Film Director, BlacKkKlansman

Tarana Burke | #MeToo founder

Tina Knowles-Lawson | Fashion Designer/ Philanthropist

Trevor Jackson | Actor, Grownish

Valeisha Butterfield Jones | Chief of Black Engagement, Google

Vanessa Bell Calloway | Actress, Saints & Sinners

Yaya Dacosta | Actress

Yvonne Orji | Actress, Insecure

-Leon Bennett/Getty Images for Essence
-Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for Essence
-Rich Polk/Getty Images for Essence
-Aaron Thornton/Getty Images for Essence

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