Celeb Cam: Black Women in Hollywood 2014

A behind-the-scenes look at ESSENCE's Black Women in Hollywood event from the women themselves. 

Sylvia Obell Feb, 27, 2014

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Young, Black, and gifted! These ladies are taking over Hollywood — and crop tops!

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Niecy Nash wrote, "Yessss! Lady O @oprah & the one & only Chaka Khan #legends"

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These are the moments that make BWIH so special! 

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Mother-Daughter Selfie! "I am because she is," Luptia writes.

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We have total hair crushes on these two natural beauties! 

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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."

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Spike Lee teases Laz Alonzo about his romantic comedy roles. 

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Bethann Hardison and Alice Smith share a hug.

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"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.

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Honoree Ava Duvernay and ESSENCE's Short Film Winner Stefani Saintonge.

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Tichina Arnold was definitely the afternoon's Selfie Queen!

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Oprah presents honoree Cheryl Boone Isaacs with her award.

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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.

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"Got to hang and chat w/ the smart and beautiful @naomieharris today. Love hanging w fantastic women," said Tika Sumpter.

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Spike Lee and his wife Tonya Lewis Lee.

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We love that Chaka Khan makes these fur handbags! 

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Jim Brown, Denise Nicholas and Nichelle Nichols are honored.

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Hollywood vets unite! Oprah, Sidney Poitier, and Honoree Cheryl Boone Isaacs.

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Ava DuVernay accepts her Visionary award while presenters Kerry Washington and David Oyelowo watch on.

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Two beautiful Zimbabwean sisters!

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Lupita Nyong'o and Alfre Woodard share a moment on stage.

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Nominee Lupita Nyong'o accepts her award.

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Oprah and Mara Brock Akil! So much girl power in one photo!

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Kerry Washington and Lupita Nyong'o's mother share a moment before the luncheon begins.

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Tichina Arnold shares a glimpse of her table setting.

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"Ok.... #itisDone ...I met my Lady Love @lupitanyongo!!!! #ICanGoHomeNow," wrote Holly Robinson Peete.

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Malcolm Lee and Laz Alonzo share a fun moment before the event.

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Brandy shared the details on her look for the afternoon, "New hair -@bcstarr, new haircut-@jazzashley, beat face- @rennyvasquez" 

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ESSENCE Editor-At-Large Mikki Taylor wrote: Yours Truly with my She-Ro the phenomenal Oprah Winfrey at Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards!

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Neicy Nash looking crisp in white.

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The stunning Sharon Leal upon arrival. 

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Garcelle Beauvais strikes a pose.

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Beauty Editor Tai Beauchamp and actress Tasha Smith clearly understand the power of our presence. 

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Issa Rae gives us a close-up before heading to the luncheon. Beat! 

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Yes, this moment: Nicole Beharie photo bombing a selfie with Angela Bassett, Holly Robinson Peete and Kim Whitley.