Young, Black, and gifted! These ladies are taking over Hollywood — and crop tops!
Niecy Nash wrote, “Yessss! Lady O @oprah & the one & only Chaka Khan #legends”
These are the moments that make BWIH so special!
Mother-Daughter Selfie! “I am because she is,” Luptia writes.
We have total hair crushes on these two natural beauties!
Lisa Nichols wrote, “Today I had the honor of sitting amongst some of the greats of our time, others of distinction, fortitude and fame. And they all looked like me! Wow!! I was moved to tears over and over again while celebrity speaker after speaker shared their journey to loving and accepting themselves as a #womanofcolor.”
Spike Lee teases Laz Alonzo about his romantic comedy roles.
Bethann Hardison and Alice Smith share a hug.
“AND THEN I met Sidney Poitier!!!!!!!! My Inspiration My Example My Hope My Gold Standard Words cannot express my joy and amazement in having this dream encounter come true,” exclaimed the 12 Years A Slave star.
Honoree Ava Duvernay and ESSENCE’s Short Film Winner Stefani Saintonge.
Tichina Arnold was definitely the afternoon’s Selfie Queen!
Oprah presents honoree Cheryl Boone Isaacs with her award.
Honoree Lupita Nyong’o captioned this photo: Today I received the @Essencemag Black Women In Hollywood Breakthrough Performance Award. I was blessed to be counted in the number of incredible women making Hollywood history. Thank you, Essence for an EXTRAORDINARY experience. It will remain with me ALWAYS.
“Got to hang and chat w/ the smart and beautiful @naomieharris today. Love hanging w fantastic women,” said Tika Sumpter.
Spike Lee and his wife Tonya Lewis Lee.
We love that Chaka Khan makes these fur handbags!
Jim Brown, Denise Nicholas and Nichelle Nichols are honored.
Hollywood vets unite! Oprah, Sidney Poitier, and Honoree Cheryl Boone Isaacs.
Ava DuVernay accepts her Visionary award while presenters Kerry Washington and David Oyelowo watch on.
Two beautiful Zimbabwean sisters!
Lupita Nyong’o and Alfre Woodard share a moment on stage.
Nominee Lupita Nyong’o accepts her award.
Oprah and Mara Brock Akil! So much girl power in one photo!
Kerry Washington and Lupita Nyong’o’s mother share a moment before the luncheon begins.
Tichina Arnold shares a glimpse of her table setting.
“Ok…. #itisDone …I met my Lady Love @lupitanyongo!!!! #ICanGoHomeNow,” wrote Holly Robinson Peete.
Malcolm Lee and Laz Alonzo share a fun moment before the event.
Brandy shared the details on her look for the afternoon, “New hair -@bcstarr, new haircut-@jazzashley, beat face- @rennyvasquez”
ESSENCE Editor-At-Large Mikki Taylor wrote: Yours Truly with my She-Ro the phenomenal Oprah Winfrey at Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards!
Neicy Nash looking crisp in white.
The stunning Sharon Leal upon arrival.
Garcelle Beauvais strikes a pose.
Beauty Editor Tai Beauchamp and actress Tasha Smith clearly understand the power of our presence.
Issa Rae gives us a close-up before heading to the luncheon. Beat!
Yes, this moment: Nicole Beharie photo bombing a selfie with Angela Bassett, Holly Robinson Peete and Kim Whitley.