Top Quotes from ESSENCE's Black Women in Hollywood Red Carpet

Our favorite quotes from the Black Women in Hollywood red carpet!

Sylvia Obell Feb, 27, 2014

The ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood red carpet is always a ball! Check out our favorite celebrity quotes

Ava DuVernay on this being a banner year for Black films: “Black artists have always made beautiful things. I think periodically others will take notice, but that doesn’t negate all the things that have been made.”

DuVernay on Scandal’s hiatus: We’re tapped out! We need a Fitz fix!

Lupita Nyong’o on Oprah: “Oprah is an ordinary, but extremely extraordinary, person.”

Nyong’o on Black hair: “I think our hair is like clay, you can mold it in to whatever you want it to be.”

Kerry Washington on happiness: “I’m happy with my life, but not because of money and stardom. I think happiness has more to do with peace, spiritual fulfillment, and love.

Yvette Nicole Brown on the increase of Black women on television: “We’re not add-ons. We’re part of the sauce now, in it from the beginning.”

Tracee Ellis Ross on personal style: “I don’t always dress for what it looks like on the red carpet, I dress for what it feels like.”

Danai Gurira on ESSENCE’s Black Women in Hollywood luncheon: “This is where Black girls get their gasoline!”

Tatyana Ali on confidence: “It’s so much harder to not be yourself than to just be yourself—I’m doing me.”

Iylana Vanzant on fame: “If I don’t have cookies, my grandchildren could care less if I have a TV show.”

David Oyelowo on working with Honoree Ava DuVernay: “I saw a soulfulness, a truth that is very rare.”

Brandy on walking in Louboutins: “I don’t walk in them ever, unless I have to. You have to concentrate really hard.”

Michael Ealy on cooking: “I make the meanest egg white frittata you ever had—It’s about the cumin.”

Tika Sumpter on her red carpet look: “I didn’t wake up like this!”