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Saturday, February 25, 2017

10th Annual Essence Black Women In Hollywood Awards Recap

Essence Magazine held it's annual Black Women In Hollywood Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles, California this past Thursday night. That night was extra special because it was the 10th anniversary of Essence holding this esteemed event. The theme to this year's winners was an ode to the future. Honorees included Actress & creator of HBO's hit show Insecure Issa Rae, the young starlet Yara Shahidi from Blackish, How To Get Away With Murder's Actress Aja Naomi King, and the effortlessly talented Actress Janaele Monae from Oscar nominated films Moonlight & Hidden Figures.

This event is so necessary because I feel we have to celebrate the achievements of Black women in film and television to show, yes we are multifaceted. Sometimes the media does not portray Black women as multidimensional. The Black Women In Hollywood Awards higlights the accomplishments of the women in the industry ensuring there work will never be overlooked.

Janaele Monae had a such a poignent speech, which summed up the true meaning of these awards, when receiving her award saying, "Black women, the world must continue to know that we are not your expectations. We are not your receptacles. We are not your objects, but yet subjects to study..." ""We’ve birthed this nation, we helped contribute to some of the greatest, American, extraordinary things that have happened here in this nation. We have been the backbones in communities from the ghetto to Silicon Valley. We are not monolithic. We’re multi-dimensional and we have a right to have our stories told."

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

2017 NAACP Image Awards

NAACP Image Awards

Entertainer of the Year: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

Outstanding Motion PictureHidden Figures

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture: Taraji P. Henson, Hidden Figures

Outstanding Drama SeriesQueen Sugar

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series: Anthony Anderson, Black-ish

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series: Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us

Outstanding Comedy SeriesBlack-ish

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series: Taraji P. Henson, Empire

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series: Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture: Denzel Washington, Fences

Outstanding New Artist: Chance the Rapper

Outstanding Male Artist: Maxwell

Outstanding Female Artist: Beyoncé

Outstanding Album: Lemonade, Beyoncé

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