2019 ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Awards Luncheon
Thursday afternoon just days before the Oscars, there was a star studded event held to uplift and award black woman in Hollywood. The 2019 Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards Luncheon was hosted by Regina King, Sanaa Lathan and Elaine Welteroth. This years honorees were Jennifer Lewis, Regina Hall, KiKi Lane and Amanda Stenberg. These 4 women were being honored for their contributions on the screen, in their communities and bringing awareness to social issues.
Just to give you some background on these ladies, Ki Ki Lane had a breakout role last year in “If Beale Street Could Talk” she has also played roles in both Chicago Med and Captive State. She graduated from The Theater School at Depaul University with a BFA in Acting. Regina Hall currently has 53 movie and sitcom roles accredited to her name. Her breakout role was as “Candy” in “The Best Man” and since then she hasn’t slowed down.“It’s really exciting to say not only that you’ve been in a business for 20 years, but also that you’re still loving it and learning,” she says in the February issue.
Amanda Stenberg broke onto the scene in 2011 with Columbiana a thriller starring Zoe Saldana. She is also well known for her character Rue from the 2012 movie “The Hunger Games” and her star role in “The Hate U Give”. Amanda is also a powerful activist, musician and writer.
Jennifer Lawrence has been dubbed “Black Hollywood’s Mother”. Can you think of any of your favorite movies that she hasn’t played the role of the mother or grandmother ? Jennifer has been in over 38 movies and has multiple voice over roles on her acting resume. Even though most of the roles when she plays the mom she is typically not that much older than the person portraying her child. She can currently be seen playing Ruby Johnson on “Black-ish”.
There were also lots of stars in the building including Kelly Rowland, Mrs. Tina Knowles, Angela Bassett, Eva Marcille, Chloe x Halle and Iyanla Vanzant just to name a few. Everyone in attendance were just happy to be in the presence of women excellence in Hollywood. They were snapping pictures and getting emotional speaking highly of each other and the event seemed to just be an all around positive experience for all attendees.
Here are some of our favorite Red Carpet Looks: