Just days before the Oscars, ESSENCE magazine celebrated on Thursday the
best of Hollywood at its second annual ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood
Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
The star-studded event honored four of
Hollywood’s finest: Halle Berry (The Power Award), director Gina Prince-Bythewood (Visionary Award), Diahann Carroll (The Legend Award) and Taraji P. Henson (Lexus Star To Watch Award).
Actresses Kyla Pratt, from left, Lauren London, Meagan Good and Eva Marcille pose for a group shot.
This year, Viola Davis (not pictured) and Taraji P. Henson are vying for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar. Berry made history in 2002 when she became the first African-American woman to win a Best Actress Award.
Queen Latifah greets legend Diahann Carroll at the event, both wearing fabulous brooches.
Tichina Arnold and the latest Lexus are both sleek in black.
Newlywed Tia Mowry sports her new ring on the Lexus red carpet.
Lauren London dazzles in her festive little black dress.
Ja’Net DuBois and Kenya Moore make a dynamic duo in red and black.
Diahann Carroll heads inside to be saluted for the doors she opened for Black women in Hollywood.
A slimmer Mo’Nique glows in her copper gown.
Sanaa Lathan is gorgeous in a dazzling dress, sealed with a bow.
Kyla Pratt shows she’s all grown up in a fire-engine red dress, after capturing our hearts and funny bones as a child.
Lauren London, Tasha Smith and Niecy Nash make a fashionable trio inside.
Garcelle Beauvais goes for a classic look in black and white.
Dreamgirl Anika Noni Rose performs “My Heart Belongs to Daddy” in tribute to the late great Eartha Kitt.
Before presenting the Visionary Award to her “Secret Life of Bees” director Gina Prince-Bythewood, Queen Latifah says, “Hey, Sisters…Black Prez!”
Samuel L. Jackson joins in the festivities.
Gina Prince-Bythehood accepts her award for being a visionary Black woman in Hollywood, and shares it would not have been possible without her husband, Reggie, “a great man in front of me, behind me and beside me.”
Holly Robinson Peete shows off her piece of Diahann Carroll memorabilia—a Julia lunchbox—with LisaRaye.
Tracee Ellis Ross was on hand for the festivities in this fun little black dress.
Queen Latifah, one of our favorite Black women in Hollywood, made time in her busy schedule for the special affair.
Wendy Raquel Robinson gives the camera her best look.
Kerry Washington and Halle Berry shine at the Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, on February 19.
Actress and comedian Kym Whitley takes a break from socializing to pose for the camera.
Veteran actress Ja’net DuBois of “Good Times” greets a humbled Halle Berry.
Actress Jurnee Smollett reunites with “Eve’s Bayou” costar and film legend Samuel L. Jackson.
Industry heavyweight Tracey Edmonds chats with a guest.
“Extra” correspondent Tanika Ray makes her way inside the star-studded luncheon.
Halle and Terrence Howard make a fashionable pair at the event.
Actress Kenya Moore arrives in a stylishly bold one-shoulder dress.
Jurnee Smollett and director John Singleton are snapped at the event.
Halle Berry addresses the crowd with an emotional acceptance speech as she is honored with the Power Award.