The first-annual 2008 ESSENCE Literary Awards included a who’s who of the literary industry. The invitation-only event celebrated established and emerging African-American authors at Le Parker Meridien in New York City.
Singer/songwriter Sean Levert arrives to represent his father and brother, Eddie and Gerald Levert, for their final collaboration entitled I Got Your Back.
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Model Alek Wek was a finalist in the Best Memoir category for her self-titled book, Alek.
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Emmy-nominated actress Victoria Rowell was one of the night’s presenters and also a finalist in the Memoir category for her book The Women Who Raised Me.
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From left to right, Editor-in-Chief Angela Burt-Murray, Emmy-nominated actress Victoria Rowell, Today show co-anchor Hoda Kotb, and Michelle Ebanks, President Essence Communications Inc.
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Emmy-winning actress Lynn Whitfield arrives to present The Inspiration Award.
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From left to right, Hoda Kotb, Victoria Powell, Patrik Bass, Terry McMillan, M. Gillespie (first editor-in-chief of Essence Magazine), Michelle Ebanks, Angela Burt-Murray.
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From left to right, Michelle Ebanks, President Essence Communications Inc., Cara Robinson, Executive Director of Color Cosmetics for Avon and Maria Givens, Senior Manager, Media
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From left to right, Michelle Ebanks, President Essence Communications Inc., Bishop T.D. Jakes and Yolonda Kirby, Assistant Zone Marketing Manager, State Farm
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Actor Jaime Hector from The Wire presented the Current Affairs award to Randall Robinson for An Unbroken Agony.
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