Essential Viewing: The Week in Pictures

Essential ViewingEssential ViewingBefore you kick off your weekend to do tons of Christmas shopping and decorate for the holidays, take a look back at the week in pictures. The First Couple attended the Kennedy Center Honors reception, Oprah escorted 300 lucky audience members to Australia, Nicki Minaj shows off her barbed wire booty protector, while several others joined in the holiday spirit. The week wouldn't be complete without a glance back at the week that was.Essential ViewingChristina Milian and baby Violet got in the holiday spirit this week at ABC Family's '25 Days of Christmas' event.Essential ViewingMariah Carey hung out with Mickey and Mini as she filmed the 'Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade' TV special. She's wearing her pregnancy well.Essential ViewingNicki Minaj sure does love our troops. She performed at VH1's 'Divas Salute the Troops' concert.Essential ViewingKeri Hilson joined Nicki Minaj in thanking our soldiers at VH1's 'Divas Salute the Troops' concert.Essential ViewingRising super-star Willow Smith performed at the L.A. Kings Holiday Ice event.Essential ViewingJennifer Hudson was present to celebrate this years Kennedy Honors. Doesn't she look amazing in her classic black dress.Essential ViewingOprah Winfrey and Stedman Graham got dressed in their best for the Kennedy Center Honors dinner hosted by Hillary R. Clinton.Essential ViewingQueen Latifah took the stage at The Trevor Project's annual 'Trevor Live' show.Essential ViewingKimora Lee looked dazzling as she arrived for the premiere of "The Tempest," which starred her husband Djimon Hounsou.Essential ViewingHalle Berry and Morgan Freeman chatted at The Hollywood Reporter's Annual 'Power 100: Women In Entertainment Breakfast.' Who knew breakfast could be so good?Essential ViewingNaomi Campbell was one well dressed winner at the British Fashion Awards this week.Essential ViewingSteve Harvey promoted his latest book, "Straight Talk" at Barnes and Nobel this week.Essential ViewingCymphonique Miller, daughter of Master P, stops by ESSENCEto introduce us to her new Sony album and show on Nickelodeon.Essential ViewingEvery year Vanessa Williams gets more and more fabulous. Check her out at the 30th annual New York Womenn in Film & Film Television Muse Awards.Essential ViewingOprah is on her mega Australian vacation with 300 lucky audience members. See her holding Elvis, at Hamilton Island Wildfire Park.Essential ViewingOprah wasn't the only celeb in Australia this week. Power Couple Beyonce and Jay-Z dinned at Stokehouse in St. Kilda, Melbourne.Essential Viewing"Basketball Wives" stars Jennifer Wiliams and Tami Ramon visited ESSENCE to promote season two of their hit show.Essential ViewingNicki Minaj knows how to keep the men away. Check out her barbed wire booty protector. That's a nifty invention, to keep the Regis Philbins away.Essential ViewingOur favorite First Couple, Michelle and President Barack Obama looked dashing as they arrived at the reception for the recipients of the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors.Essential ViewingIs this a new couple alert? Brandy and Terrence J were seen getting cozy at the Toronto Raptures vs. New York Knicks game in NYC.

Before you kick off your weekend to do tons of Christmas shopping and decorate for the holidays, take a look back at the week in pictures. The First Couple attended the Kennedy Center Honors reception, Orpah escorted 300 lucky audience members to Australia, Nicki Minaj shows off her barbed wire booty protector, while several others joined in the holiday spirit. The week wouldn't be complete without a glance back at the week that was.

Christina Milian and baby Violet got in the holiday spirit this week at ABC Family's '25 Days of Christmas' event.

Mariah Carey hung out with Mickey and Mini as she filmed the 'Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade' TV special. She's wearing her pregnancy well.

Nicki Minaj sure does love our troops. She performed at VH1's 'Divas Salute the Troops' concert.

Keri Hilson joined Nicki Minaj in thanking our soldiers at VH1's 'Divas Salute the Troops' concert.

Rising super-star Willow Smith performed at the L.A. Kings Holiday Ice event.

Jennifer Hudson was present to celebrate this years Kennedy Honors. Doesn't she look amazing in her classic black dress.

Oprah Winfrey and Stedman Graham got dressed in their best for the Kennedy Center Honors dinner hosted by Hillary R. Clinton.

Queen Latifah took the stage at The Trevor Project's annual 'Trevor Live' show.

Kimora Lee looked dazzling as she arrived for the premiere of "The Tempest," which starred her husband Djimon Hounsou.

Halle Berry and Morgan Freeman chatted at The Hollywood Reporter's Annual 'Power 100: Women In Entertainment Breakfast.' Who knew breakfast could be so good?

Naomi Campbell was one well dressed winner at the British Fashion Awards this week.

Steve Harvey promoted his latest book, "Straight Talk" at Barnes and Nobel this week.

Cymphonique Miller, daughter of Master P, stops by ESSENCEto introduce us to her new Sony album and show on Nickelodeon.

Every year Vanessa Williams gets more and more fabulous. Check her out at the 30th annual New York Womenn in Film & Film Television Muse Awards.

Oprah is on her mega Australian vacation with 300 lucky audience members. See her holding Elvis, at Hamilton Island Wildfire Park.

Oprah wasn't the only celeb in Australia this week. Power Couple Beyonce and Jay-Z dinned at Stokehouse in St. Kilda, Melbourne.

"Basketball Wives" stars Jennifer Wiliams and Tami Ramon visited ESSENCE to promote season two of their hit show.

Nicki Minaj knows how to keep the men away. Check out her barbed wire booty protector. That's a nifty invention, to keep the Regis Philbins away.

Our favorite First Couple, Michelle and President Barack Obama looked dashing as they arrived at the reception for the recipients of the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors.

Is this a new couple alert? Brandy and Terrence J were seen getting cozy at the Toronto Raptures vs. New York Knicks game in NYC.

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