ESSENCE Honors Black Women in Hollywood at Luncheon

Published March 8, 2010

Los Angeles is party central for those gearing up for Sunday’s Academy Awards.

One of the annual highlights in Tinseltown is Essence’s Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon at the historic Beverly Hills Hotel. The ladies who lunch gather for this premiere event during Oscar week to celebrate our own.

This year, five fabulous ladies received awards for their contributions: actor, producer, singer, Cover Girl, Queen Latifah; The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, Mary J Blige; silver screen legend, Cicely Tyson; "Avatar’s" gorgeous Zoe Saldana; and Academy Award nominee from "Precious," Gabourey Sidibe.

Many celebrities describe the lunch as "family reunion,” “a place that feels like home…where we feel secure.” 

A must-have accessory other than of course fabulous frocks, designer stilettos and a hot clutch is a box of tissues.  Veterans of the event say you can’t leave home without it, because it’s a tear-jerking experience. You don’t have to dig deep to find that Black women in Hollywood are overlooked. To know the struggle just to be acknowledged tears at the heartstrings.

Vivica A. Fox said it best. "Just seeing the women that I starred with in "Set it Off," Latifah, Jada, we are still here--we are still going in a very challenging industry." 

I later ran into "Precious" executive producer, Lisa Cortes while eating lunch at Asia de Cuba and asked, “Did you cry?” She replied, ‘Yes, we all did.’”

Written by <P>April Woodard, BET News</P>

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