Just days before the Oscars, Essence Magazine’s 8th annual Black Women in Hollywood ceremony jumped on the awards season hype. Taking place on 19 February, Hollywood’s finest turned out in droves to celebrate the hard work and dedication not just of women but women of colour that often goes unnoticed or is overlooked in the entertainment industry.
The luncheon took place at the Beverley Wilshere with a performance from men of the moment John Legend and Common of their song Glory as well as lots of glamorous dresses and heartfelt speeches.
With awards deservedly going to the likes of Uzo Maduba and the cast of Netflix series Orange is the New Black who won the Vanguard Award and Regina King copping the Fierce & Fearless Award, one stand-out award was that earned by Gugu Mbatha-Raw. The British- born actress gracefully accepted her Lincoln Breakthrough of the Year commendation after pointing out that she is black and white British and not African American.
The Awards held their own in the days leading up to the ultimate awards show, the Oscars, with stars such as Lupita Nyong’o arguably saving their best attire for the Essence awards. The 12 Years a Slave actress glowed in a stunning multi-coloured ensemble but white was the colour of the night with Tracee Ellis Ross, Uzo Maduba and Gugu Mbatha-Raw just a few women in white floral frocks.