FABULOUSNESS: Kerry, Kelly, Viola, Jordin, & TONS MORE Hit The ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon!
The ladies kept it golden and white hot on today's red carpet for the 5th Annual ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood luncheon. Pics inside of the fabulous folks who showed up to the Beverly Hills Hotel to honor 5 amazing women...
During an emotional afternoon of empowering, uplifting, and embracing the fabulousness of black women in Hollywood, celebs hit the carpet in droves to celebrate accomplishments.
The little white dress seemed to be a popular choice on today's red (black) carpet. Honoree Paula Patton, who gave an extremely emotional acceptance speech, donned a knee-length white Marchesa dress with silver Giuseppe Zanotti pumps. She flew solo as her hubby Robin Thicke was in Chicago for work, but she still kept it sexy with a silver embellished bust line and red pout.
Chic honoree Kerry Washington rocked a peplum white skirt suit from Cushnie et Ochs' Spring 2012 line. She topped it off with a red Brian Atwood pump for her big afternoon. And no, that's not a magazine in her hand. It's the Kate Spade ‘Make Headlines Travel Edition Magazine’ clutch.
The "Scandal" actress commented that she's praying for her new Shonda Rhimes-created ABC show to be successful so we can have more like it.
Viola Davis kept up the white trend in this simple yet sexy curve hugging Victora Beckham V-neck 3/4 sleeved dress. She rocked her natural hair which gave her the youthful glow we've been loving. And paired it all with black Salvatore Ferragamo pumps and a Judith Leiber clutch. Viola was there to present to her good friend and co-star Octavia Spencer.
Honoree Octavia went on trend with a white button down paired with a black and grey cheetah skirt and a pop of color with purple Nine West sandals. "The Help" actress received a standing ovation for accomplishing her dreams.
Kelly Rowland kept it golden in her fab Jean Fares Couture dress and nude peep toe Louboutins.
And by the way, she was spotted once again with the same mystery man she's been seen in pics with lately--and whom we're assuming is her new boo.
Actress Jennifer Beals made a rare appearance on the carpet.
Producer/Writer Shonda Rhimes received the Lincoln Visionary Award for her work on "Grey's Anatomy," "Private Practice," and the upcoming drama "Scandal." She was even surprised on stage with a tiara from the Disney Co. (her ABC show's parent company) as they played into her motto that she gets to live out her dreams daily and gets paid to do so.
"Grey's Anatomy" actors James Pickens, Jr., in a sheen heavy Hugo Boss suit, Chandra Wilson, in a Suzy Chen silver frock and Aldo shoes (she presented for Shonda), and Jesse James were all there to support their Exec. Producer.
Honoree Pam Grier showed how longevity in this business is indeed possible--she's been in the industry for 40 years! And even did her own stunts when she started out. Why? Because there were no black stunt women back then who could play her double.
And the fabulous Jordin Sparks was all sparkles...appropriately so...as she hit the event to perform a tribute to Whitney Houston. Her late co-star, who she commented was a mother and a friend to her, always encouraged her to be the best. And Ms. Jordin did a beautiful job performing, for the first time, "Look Into Your Heart" from the Sparkle film.
Tatyana Ali upped her sexy ante in this revealing gold number. The slanted cut-out bust revealed more than we're used to seeing her rock.
Anika Noni Rose did a Disney inspired frock with this yellow number.
Tatyana was spotted inside speaking with Siedah Garrett.
And Naturi Naughton was there as well posing it up with Kelly, Jeanette Jenkins--who rocked Tracy Reese--and Anika.
Sharon Leal looked great in this sheer silvery frock, while her Why Did I Get Married? co-star Tasha Smith and comedianne Kim Wayans posed it up.
And Vanessa Bell Calloway, in a cute orange Zara dress, snapped a pic with Tatyana, a purple frock wearing Jurnee Smollett, and Yvette Nicole Brown.
More pics will be added as they come in...
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