Star Gazing 5.18.15

ESSENCE.COM Oct, 31, 2014

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Viola Davis attends Disney Media Disribution International Upfronts at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California.(

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Mary J. Blige performs live on stage during the Life Ball 2015 show at City Hall in Vienna, Austria.

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Actress Nia Long attends Disney Media Disribution International Upfronts at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California.

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Kerry Washington attends Disney Media Disribution International Upfronts at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California.

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Director Debbie Allen attends 2015 Blues in the night sponsored by Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Though Jasmine Guy's bougie and prissy character Whitley Gilbert may not have been a favorite among viewers initially, it's almost a guarantee that feelings changed by the time the show wrapped in 1993. Giving Black love inspiration and motivation through her character's relationship with Dwayne Wayne, Guy's role in A Different World was just the start to showcasing her mastered ability to deliver flawless execution of any role she portrays. Though her résumé has filled with impressive credits since the show's wrapping, most recently, the actress, dancer, singer and producer has had starring roles in shows such as If Loving You Is Wrong, K.C. Undercover (alongside Kadeem Hardison), The Quad, and The Vampire Diaries.

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Mariah Carey attends the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Actress Taraji P. Henson arrives at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Singer John Legend and host Chrissy Teigen attend the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Actress Tracee Ellis Ross attends the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Zendaya arrives at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Actors Bryshere Y. Gray, Taraji P. Henson and Jussie Smollett attend the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Musician Estelle attends the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Model Jourdan Dunn attends the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Actress Laverne Cox attends the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Singer/actor Jussie Smollett attends the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Actress/singer Jennifer Lopez arrives at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Rapper/actor Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson arrives at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Rihanna steps out for a walk in Soho in New York, New York.

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Actor Henry Simmons attends Disney Media Disribution International Upfronts at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California.

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Actress Christina Milian attends the Disney Media Distribution International Upfronts at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California.

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Actress Kelly Jenrette attends Disney Media Disribution International Upfronts at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California.

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Actress Rose Rollins attends the Disney Media Distribution International Upfronts at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California.