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<p>ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood: Lena Waithe Urges Her LGBT Peers To "Come Out" And "Stop Hiding" In An Unforgettable Speech</p>


Lena Waithe’s presence in Hollywood has represented many things for many people, but for Black women, it has yet again reminded us of the unique beauty in our ability to embrace our authenticity and stand firm in our magic without apology or fear.

Taking to the stage as an honoree at this year’s 2018 ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Awards, Lena delivered an acceptance speech that served as a celebration of Black culture, a reminder of the brilliance of Black women and a very clear call to action for her fellow “hidden” LGBT community members, all in one.