Throwback Moments From ESSENCE's Black Women In Hollywood

Essence Feb, 02, 2017

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Oprah Winfrey and Kym Whitley inside celebrating a beautiful moment at the 2016 ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon.

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Tia Mowry and Jurnee Smollett-Bell inside celebrating a beautiful moment at the 2016 ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon.

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Tika Sumpter, Holly Robinson Peete and Iyanla Vanzant inside celebrating a beautiful moment at the 2016 ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon.

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Oprah Winfrey poses with black excellence while celebrating a beautiful moment at the 2016 ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon.

 

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Vicky Jeudy, Teyonah Parris and Danielle Brooks at the 2015 ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood in LA, California.

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Honorees Ruth Carter and Laverne Cox at the 2015 ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood in LA, California.

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Common and John Legend perform "Glory" at the 2015 ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood in LA, California.

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Tika-Sumpter, Emayatzy E. Corinealdi and Ava Duvernay at the 2015 ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood in LA, California.

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Ava Duvernay and Niecy Nash at the 2015 ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood in LA, California.

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Kelly McCreary, Sharon Leal, honoree Regina King and Aja Naomi King pose for a portrait at the 2015 ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood in LA, California.

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The 12 Years a Slave star was honored with the Best Breakthrough award at the 7th annual ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon in 2013.

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Bethann Hardison and Alice Smith at the 7th annual ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Bevy Smith and Cheryl Boone Isaacs at the 7th annual ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Oprah Winfrey and several graduates of The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa attend the sixth annual ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Rocsi Diaz, Meagan Good, Devon Franklin, LaLa Anthony and Kelly Rowland at the sixth annual ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Regina Hall and Gabrielle Union pose for a portrait at the 2013 ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel in California.

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Honoree Mara Brock-Akil on stage with the cast of Girlfriends—Persia White, Jill Marie Jones, Tracee Ellis Ross and Golden Brooks—at the sixth annual ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Style maven Bevy Smith, Angela Simmons and Brandy at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Kelly Rowland and Naomi Campbell at ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood 2013.

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Blair Underwood with Tia and Tamera Mowary at the sixth annual ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Honoree Loretta Devine and Yvette Nicole Brown at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Kerry Washington and Angela Bassett share a moment at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Tia Mowry, Jennifer Lewis and Tamera Mowry at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Kerry Washington and Jill Scott share a moment at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Brandy, Serena Williams, guest, and Gabrielle Union shared a table at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Actresses Niecy Nash and Sharon Leal at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Tracie Thoms and Anika Noni Rose celebrate Black Women In Hollywood at the 3rd Annual Awards Luncheon in 2010.

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Taraji P. Henson, LaTanya Richardson and Pauletta Washington arrive at the Third Annual ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel in 2010

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Mary Mary arrive at the 2nd Annual ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at The Beverly Hills Hotel in 2009.

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Halle Berry and Taraji P. Henson celebrate Black Women In Hollywood at the 2nd Annual Awards Luncheon in 2009.

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Gabrielle Union arrives at the First Annual Essence Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon in 2008.

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Jada Pinkett, Will Smith, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are all smiles at the First Annual Essence Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon, at the Beverly Hills Hotel in 2008.

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Vivica Fox and Raven Symone pose for a pic at the First Annual Essence Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon, at the Beverly Hills Hotel in 2008.

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Paula Patton and Kerry Washington pose at the First Annual Essence Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon in 2008.