Celebs Talk ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon 2012

Celebs Talk ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon 2012
ESSENCE.COM Feb, 23, 2012

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“I feel so secure in who I am, and I’ve waited so long for that feeling, and it’s so divine,” says Davis, on her decision to rock natural hair on the red carpet. “I feel that there has definitely been a shift in my career, but what comes with it is a great sense of responsibility, and that can be daunting. I want to help make a difference in this industry and to hopefully help shape how Black women are cast on film.”

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“ESSENCE has always been the epitome of excellence and beauty for African-American women. There haven’t been that many outlets that celebrate us. To celebrate alongside these beautiful women is an honor today. I purposely didn’t prepare anything to say, so I can just speak from my heart.”

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“From the moment I was born, my mom was an ESSENCE subscriber,” said the honoree. “Every month we’d get this magazine with a beautiful brown girl on the cover in the mail, and we would think anything is possible. Now I’m on the cover.”

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“Bringing up the next generation of writers is the next important thing. One day they’ll be giving me a job. I don’t have any tissues, and I hear this is a real tearjerker, so I’m worried now. I feel like I don’t know what to expect, so I’ll see what happens and enjoy.”

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“It’s all surreal. I’m never thankful enough. I feel thankful to be embraced by all of this. I’m taking it all in and smiling a lot. I brought my camera.”

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“It’s pretty fantastic, first of all, to be in this room. This room is filled with beautiful talented women of color. I’m so happy to be a part of it and to continue to push the door and help open it for others.”

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“To be in this room, I feel very capable of doing anything in Hollywood, even though it’s hard and it has its trials at times,” says Sparkle star Tika Sumpter. “This room is full of beautiful talented women of color, and I’m so happy and proud to be a part of it.”

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“It’s so nice to honor actors and those people behind the scenes as well. Shonda Rhimes is major!"

9 of 11 Michael Rowe

“This event is about business and pleasure, and I’m just really excited to be here.”

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