ESSENCE's 2011 Black Women in Hollywood Event

The brightest stars walked the red carpet for ESSENCE's annual BWIH event.
ESSENCE.COM Feb, 23, 2011

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Honoree Jennifer Hudson’s adorable son David Otunga, Jr. at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Our favorite celebs gathered at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon.

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Tia Mowry shows off her baby bump at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Jill Scott brought the house down at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Jill Scott brought the house down at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Honoree Angela Bassett at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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“You are a testament of being a Black woman,” said Angela Bassett to the other honorees at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Kerry Washington is oh-so-chic on the gold carpet at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Kerry Washington flashes that beautiful smile at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Kerry Washington flashes that beautiful smile at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Actress Rutina Wesley at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Actress Rutina Wesley at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Tichina Arnold at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Serena Williams at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Serena Williams at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Angela Simmons at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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

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

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Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Nicole Ari Parker at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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“[Honoree] Viola Davis just inspired me not to give up, not be discouraged, not to waste any more time,” said Nicole Ari Parker.

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“I’m so honored to be here and to see Black women tell the truth — of their success,” said “America’s Next Top Model” judge Miss Jay.

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Garcelle Beauvais at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Garcelle Beauvais at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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“After being here today, I feel like I want to go home and get in a tub of water and cry. There’s nothing like being celebrated by people that look like you,” said Niecy Nash of the 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon.

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Shaun Robinson at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Shaun Robinson at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Kimora Lee Simmons is all glam at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Actress Lauren London works it for the camera at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Actress Lauren London at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Elise Neal at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Actress Lela Rochon Fuqua at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Actress Vanessa Williams (right) and a friend at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Forest Whitaker at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Gabrielle Union at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Gabrielle Union strikes a glam pose at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Actress (and newlywed) Tasha Smith at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Songbird Marsha Ambrosius performed at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Songbird Marsha Ambrosius performed at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Actress Nadine Ellis at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Actress Nadine Ellis at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Actress Jennifer Lewis at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Brandy at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Brandy looked stunning on the red carpet at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Sisters Erica and Tina Campbell of Mary Mary at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Actress Naturi Naughton at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Actress Naturi Naughton at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Honoree Viola Davis, holding a Swarovski black satin and crystal clutch, and her husband Julius Tennon on the gold carpet at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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“When you pray, God puts people in your life to lead you when you cannot lead yourself,” said honoree Viola Davis during her acceptance speech at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Not a dry eye was left in the room after honoree Viola Davis made her acceptance speech at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Honoree Jennifer Hudson at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Honoree Jennifer Hudson and her son David Otunga, Jr. at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Honoree Jennifer Hudson and her son David Otunga, Jr. at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Honoree Jennifer Hudson at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Honoree Jennifer Hudson at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Honoree Jennifer Hudson and her son David Otunga, Jr. at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Honoree Jennifer Hudson at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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We’re loving the sky-high platforms worn by honoree Jennifer Hudson at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Celeb trainer Jeanette Jenkins at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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TV personality Rolonda Watts at ESSENCE’s 2011 ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Victoria Rowell at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Victoria Rowell at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Actress Yvette Nicole Brown gave us lots of energy on the gold carpet at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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“Everybody is inspiring and encouraging and anointed and it’s just a room full of love. If you even try to step to someone as a fan, it’s like, “No, we’re sisters.” In this room, we are sisters and it’s beautiful. I am so honored to be here,” said “Community” star, Yvette Nicole Brown.

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The handsome Laz Alonzo attended ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Laz Alonzo at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Actress Tamala Jones at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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“Today was almost like Christmas Day for me,” said ESSENCE Editor-at-Large, Mikki Taylor. “Every person that came to the stage was a gift and when they opened and shared the thoughts of their hearts — as I said in the beginning, this is the most amazing period in the history of Black women, ever.”

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Actress Rochelle Aytes at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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“Being here makes me feel so good and really inspired. I feel really connected to everyone here, more so than I have in the past,” said “Desperate Housewives” star, Rochelle Aytes.

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Jesse Williams at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Jesse Williams at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Tatyana Ali at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Tatyana Ali at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Honoree Loretta Devine’s notes for aspiring actresses: “Be on point! Be on time!”

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Honoree Loretta Devine and her husband at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Honoree Loretta Devine and her husband at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Tamera Mowry at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Tamera Mowry is all smiles at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Relationship expert Dr. Michelle Callahan looking fierce at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Relationships expert Dr. Michelle Callahan at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Actress Vanessa Bell Calloway looked as youthful as ever at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Actress Vanessa Bell Calloway at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Actress Erica Hubbard at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Actress Anika Noni Rose looked stunning with RichRocks ring, bracelet and earrings on the gold carpet at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Anika Noni Rose presented honoree Loretta Devine with her award at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Actress Shanola Hampton from Showtime’s “Shameless” at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Angela Bassett 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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Angela Bassett , Naturi Naughton and Jill Scott at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Actresses Niecy Nash and Naturi Naughton 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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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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Our favorite celebs gathered at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon.

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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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Jill Scott and Tatyana Ali looking fabulous 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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Honoree Loretta Devine’s notes for aspiring actresses: “Be on point! Be on time!”

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Honoree Loretta Devine’s notes for aspiring actresses: “Be on point! Be on time!”

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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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Jill Scott looking fabulous 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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Boris Kodjoe and Serena Williams at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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ESSENCE Magazine entertainment editor Cori Murray at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Honoree Angela Bassett and a guest at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Celeb trainer Jeanette Jenkins (seated), relationships expert Dr. Michelle Callahan and TV host Shaun Robinson at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Niecy Nash and Kerry Washington at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Actress Rutina Wesley and “America’s Next Top Model” judge Miss Jay at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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ESSENCE.com managing editor Emil Wilbekin and actress Tichina Arnold at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Some of our favorite celebs, including Kimora Lee Simmons, Serena Williams, Nicole Ari Parker, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Jennifer Lewis, Vanessa Williams and Niecy Nash at ESSENCE’s 2011 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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Actresses Erica Hubbard and Kerry Washington at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Actress Amy Adams and “America’s Next Top Model” judge Miss Jay 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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Kimora Lee Simmons and Suzanne de Passe at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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“I feel validation that everything I feel, the whole ball of wax of being a woman, being a mother, being a Black woman, of being an actress and [dealing with] the rejection, of the competition, of the wonder and love of what I do. I feel completely validated, from all of it,” said actress Lynn Whitfield.

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Actress Kimberly Elise at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Comedienne Kym Whitley at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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“The day was unbelievably emotional and it’s what Essence speaks to,” said actress Salli Richardson of the 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon.

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Jill Scott shared some inspiring words at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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“Sex and the City” executive producer Michael Patrick presents the award to honoree AJennifer Hudson at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Honoree Jennifer Hudson on her way to accepting her award at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Honoree Jennifer Hudson and “Sex and the City” executive producer Michael Patrick King at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Little David Otunga Jr. holds onto his mommy’s statue at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Honoree Jennifer Hudson’s adorable son David Otunga, Jr. at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Honoree Jennifer Hudson’s adorable son David Otunga, Jr. at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Honoree Jennifer Hudson’s adorable son David Otunga, Jr. at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Forest Whitaker presents the award to honoree Angela Bassett at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Forest Whitaker presents the award to honoree Angela Bassett at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Honoree Angela Bassett at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Marsha Ambrosius performs at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Marsha Ambrosius performs at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Loretta Devine was moved to tears on her way to accepting her award at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Anika Noni Rose and Sharon Leal present the award to honoree Loretta Devine at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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

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Anika Noni Rose and Sharon Leal present the award to honoree Loretta Devine at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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“I feel so full. I feel the same way I feel eating the most perfect meal that couldn’t have tasted any better or couldn’t have been more satisfying. I couldn’t have asked for anything more of less from this day,” said ESSENCE 2011 Black Women In Hollywood honoree Viola Davis.

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ESSENCE 2011 Black Women In Hollywood honoree Viola Davis.

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ESSENCE Vice-President Karen Williams, ESSENCE President Michelle Ebanks, Jennifer Hudson and ESSENCE.com Managing Editor Emil Wilbekin at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Jennifer Lewis and Viola davis at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Kerry Washington and Nicey Nash at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Actress Amy Adams at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Actress Amy Adams at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Actress Amy Adams and “America’s Next Top Model” judge Miss Jay at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Kerry Washington and Erica Hubbard at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Forest Whitaker at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Kimora Lee Simmons at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker at ESSENCE’s 2011 Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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