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The Week in Pictures

Every week we see countless celebs walk the red carpet, grace the stage with their powerhouse vocals and sit courtside at basketball games. This week was no exception. Check out photos of Kimberly Elise and Sanaa Lathan at the NAACP Image Award nominations, Ciara, Denzel Washington, Spike Lee and Rihanna and recent basketball games and President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama observing a moment of silence for the Arizona tragedy…

NAACP Image Award Nominations

Kimberly Elise and Sanaa Lathan attend the 42nd NAACP Image Awards Nomination Press Conference this week. Over 100 of our favorite artists, actors and authors were nominated.

Bonding Time

Out and about in West Hollywood, Halley Berry and Nahla were spotted heading to Sweet Lady Jane to buy to buy some tasty treats.

Courtside Beauty

Rihanna found time to attend the Miami Heat and Clippers game in L.A.

Red Carpet Diva

Zoe Saldana look beautiful in her off the shoulder dress as she arrived at the premiere of ‘Burning Palms.’

The Game

The cast of “The Game” visited to promote the fourth season of their show. The group broke ratings records for BET, earning 7.7 million views on Tuesday night.

Hot Couple

Dressed in their finest, Ludacris and Eudoxie arrived at the premiere of ‘No Strings Attached.’

American Idol

Prepping for her new gig on American Idol, Jennifer Lopez attended the ‘AI’ panel at the 2011 Winter TCA press tour.

Bold in Blue

Kerry Washington wore a beautiful blue dress as she attended the 2010 New York Film Critics Circle Awards. That color makes her skin look stunning.

Live Mic

Jennifer Hudson brought down the house at the House Of Blues in Chicago, her hometown.

Sexy in Black

Actress Garcelle Beauvais arrived at Columbia Pictures’ ‘The Green Hornet’ wearing a little black dress.

Teena Marie’s Funeral

Queen Latifah attended Teena Marie’s memorial service this week. There is still no word on an official cause of death, but fans all over the world said their goodbyes this week.

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Dr. Conrad Murray’s Pre-Trial

Janet Jackson and the rest of the Jackson family have been attending Dr. Conrad Murray’s preliminary trial all week.

Newly Engaged

A newly engaged Vivica A. Fox was seen sailing with friends in Barbados.

Genuine Love

Ginuwine and daughter Cypress Lee attend Cypress Lee’s sweet sixteen bash at Eden in Washington, D.C.

So Devine

Loretta Devine arrives at Audi and Designer J. Mendel’s Kick Off Celebration of Golden Globe Week.

Icon Status

The legendary Diahann Carroll arrived at the 2011 Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala. It looks like Carroll has been blessed with good genes — she never ages.

Sports Fanatics

As always, basketball games are star studded events. Check out Denzel Washington, Ciara and Spike Lee at the the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers at game.

Cute Couple

Brandy and Terrance J. attended BET’s “The Game” And “Let’s Stay Together” Los Angeles Premiere in L.A. We love that Brandy is taking it back to the ’90s with her braids.

Arizona Tragedy

President Barack Obama shared warm words to the grieving at the memorial service for the victims of Saturday’s shootings at McKale Center on the University of Arizona campus.

Sisterly Love

Angela and Vanessa Simmons stop by the ESSENCE office this week to update us on all things Pastry and more.

Moment of Silence

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama observe a moment of silence on the South Lawn of the White House to honor the victims of a shooting at an Arizona political event that left people six dead.

Sold Out

Drake put on quite a show in London as he performed to a sold out crowd at Manchester Apollo.

TV Visit

Marsha Ambrosius visited BET’s ‘106 & Park’ to promote her latest video “Far Away.”