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YBF Celebs Do Essence's Women In Hollywood Luncheon

The First Annual Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon went down yesterday afternoon. Jada Pinkett Smith and others were honored at the bash, held at the Beverly Hills Hotel, for their work in Hollywood and in the African-American community. I swear Tom just randomly appear at damn near every event for black folks.  And he always seems to be right over Willada's shoulders just peeking out at the right times.  I guess he was there to offer up some friendly words of support for Jada.  I just wonder if he took this opportunity to send some subliminal Scientology messages to the audience.  Y'all know that dude stays on recruit mode. Will gave an emotional tribute to his wife. How can you not love these two? Editor In Chief of Essence magazine Angela Burt Murray gave some words. Latanya Richardson was there. So was President of Essence Michelle E. Banks. A newly single Tracey Edmunds stepped out looking nice. I really hope this S-Curl is for a new movie role Will. Or favorite party hopper hit up the event: Gabby of course.  Looking fabulous as usual. Garcelle stepped out looking fab in a green trench dress. Ruby Dee was honored as well. What?  No white for Lisa Kerry Washington was there to speak a few words.  And looked oh so fabulous in Elie Saab Couture while doing so. I see Paula's baby bump is on disappear mode again. Denzel's wife Pauletta was there. Viv Fox still has that ultra surprised look at all times. Salli Richardson made an appearance. Suzanne de Passe was honored as well. Looking good Mrs. Jones. Holly Robinson Peete was there.
Photog: Grant
And so was Quincy Jones...scoping the scene for his newest PYT I'm sure. Y'all know how he does.
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Shabon84 thank you for giving

Shabon84 thank you for giving props to Soror Ruby Dee. I did not hear much from the Deltas regarding her nomination. She was the only reason I watched the Oscars (tired as* show!). I think TomKat are trying to learn from Will and Jada what it is to be a couple with a long term commitment because no one thought that they would last. Will and Jada show me what true Black love is. I appreciate them for that. Tracey Edmonds picked up and moved on to a White boy but at least he is cute and he can cook. Vivica needs to take a look at Salli Richardson and learn how to age gracefully. Vivica looks crazy. Did anyone see her on the BET honors?
Vanity03's picture

Ladies are looking

Ladies are looking stunning...50's ex is looking mucg better...I think ...she just needs to find a new hairdresser!! Q's hair (Or lack there of) kills me....I always wanna scream ...shave Q shave!!
zooche's picture

kerry washington is the queen

kerry washington is the queen of fabulosity! what! i love will and jada!! definitely one of my favorite hollywood couples. gabrielle union is really beginning to get on my nerves too. i love love love tracey edmunds shoes! like i want them NOW!!! garcelle is so beautiful! i'll bet 1000 bucks that vivica painted in that hairline!!! we know where your true hairline starts Aunty Viv!! uhmm.. i'm done
obama girl's picture

Does Gabby Union do any work

Does Gabby Union do any work any more apart from that "I think I'm sexy" pose at all the parties/awards shows?
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[quote comment="40054"]no for

[quote comment="40054"]no for real, paula, what's with the part time baby bump? that's really kinda scary if you ask me....but you didn't...but still, i'm just sayin[/quote] That's why its called FASHION. The polka dot dress she's wearing is there to hide the bump. In addition to the way the white belt is positioned. Polka dots, stripes and plaids has a way of playing tricks on the eyes. Now to Jada, I'm surprised no one mentioned the dis-taste-ful belt and how it looks so out of place around her waist. It just throws the entire outfit off. No comments for aunt Viv but I'm curious as to how she's always invited to such elegant/classy events when she's far from being E & C. Gabby's jersey knit outfit should have been saved for a BET 106 & Park walk-on. Kerry Washington style is SOooooooo over-rated. She has the style of a 1st lady.
TW3000's picture

I'm so sick of seeing

I'm so sick of seeing Gabrielle Union everywhere. She is still fly but she's looking a little desperate.
Nina Simone's picture

Jada looks stunning!! I want

Jada looks stunning!! I want what she has to look glowing like that!!! And Will looks sexy as hell...SCurl and all.. Im LOVING Tracy Edmonds shoes!!!!
Geechielady's picture

Damn, damn, damn Will and

Damn, damn, damn Will and Jada! They put the love in lovely. So was Paula EVER pregnant or did she just gain weight? I can't imagine Paula Patton and Robin Thicke having a baby with no announcement.
Leelee's picture

[quote comment="40409"]Damn,

[quote comment="40409"]Damn, I'm just mad Jada doesn't look a day older than she did in "Low Down Dirty Shame"! Can I get a cup of what she's having, please!?[/quote] Jada??? Girl did you check out Holly Robinson Peete? I swear she's in her 21 JumpStreet prime! Oh and when you get ur cup, make sure you give me half!!!LOL
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Garcelle, Salli, Holly and

Garcelle, Salli, Holly and LisaRaye have been at ALL the parties the last couple of weeks. What's that about? But I love Salli's dress, Holly looks great and I give her more credit than most in Hollywood cuz she's been married for longer than a minute, has popped out 4 babies, is dealing with serious issues with one of them and still manages to have a pretty steady career and is (apparently) sane. Gabby looks good, but damn I wish someone would give her a job. Congrats to Jada, who looks gorgeous as always.
stillirise's picture

Everyone looked good for the

Everyone looked good for the most part. I think Latanya got that dress from LL Bean or Land's End or the Gorton's Fisherman(not the biz) Gabrielle, I hope that I see a picture of you on the set of something soon!! And sweetie I'm not talking about a party either!! She don't miss ish(smh)...you might want to find her a new manager/agent cause clearly they aren't finding work for you...Sending my cover letter and resume now.... :)
vegas chick's picture

Damn, I'm just mad Jada

Damn, I'm just mad Jada doesn't look a day older than she did in "Low Down Dirty Shame"! Can I get a cup of what she's having, please!?
missy's picture

The thing I like about Black

The thing I like about Black Award Shows is that you never hardly see a badly dressed person. Our people know what style is. There may be a little miss step every now and then but never off the charts.
Nealy_Blue's picture

PAULA HAD THE

PAULA HAD THE BABY! DUH DUH OBAMA 08'
Lovely B's picture

DAMN IS GARCELLE TRYING T0

DAMN IS GARCELLE TRYING T0 GIVE GABBY A RUN F0R HER M0NEY...'CAUSE SHE'S AT ALL THE H0T SP0TS T00 LATELY! L0L
GETUPWiTME's picture

b4 seeing natashas comments

b4 seeing natashas comments on the photo wit tom cruise and wife i was pleased to see them in attendance at such an event. do you see any other non-black celebrities there? No. So despite what you think of tom and katie please recognize that they are the few who support black hollywood and are committed to being good friends to thier buddies will and jada - and you cant hate on that.
tbaby's picture

No Ma'am Miss LATANYA...Sam

No Ma'am Miss LATANYA...Sam makes too much chedda' to come out the house lookin' like this...
deLis's picture

I think Will/Jada & Tom/Katie

I think Will/Jada & Tom/Katie are truely friends and it's nice that Tom/Katie came out to support. Kerry always looks flawless.
temporarybiggirl's picture

Will and Jada...effortlessly

Will and Jada...effortlessly fabulous all the time. I just love them. Lisa Raye...do colors!!! That pink looks fab. Everyone else looks good EXCEPT Star...she just can't ever have a good look to me. Ummm...and Pauletta has been rockin that hair since the 80's I swear....
Chica's picture

[quote comment="40192"][quote

[quote comment="40192"][quote comment="40103"][quote comment="40090"]Yay!!!! 50 points for Star and her turtleneck! Kerry Washington needs to tap Bey and show her how to work a pound of sequins, cuz she looks gooooood. In fact everyone looks good.....but umm did Ashanti and Viv get posing advice from the same person? Just asking 'cuz they both always have that weird open mouth thing happening.[/quote] PLEASE Stop frontin, you know if Beyonce had that on, you would be talking about how ugly it is, blah, blah, blah[/quote] Ummmm...I like Beyonce...did you used to work @ Ms. Cleo? That's probably why they went outta bizness...[/quote] Makes no sense!
Stop Frontin''s picture

how come no pictures of raven

how come no pictures of raven symone? I think she looked great in her pretty pink dress.
jemgirl's picture

I love Will and Jada, they

I love Will and Jada, they are my favorite black Hollywood couple...seriously. They look so in love with eachother. Everyone else looks good to. Glad Lisa is not rocking then white, even though white looks good on her, it's enough already!
Blkkbeauty's picture

Kerry, Paula and Salli look

Kerry, Paula and Salli look absolutely stunning! Go ladies! I am tired of seeing Gabby at every got darn function. Does this chick ever rest or sleep?
Malone (DC)'s picture

Is Tom Cruise stalking Will

Is Tom Cruise stalking Will and Jada. Friendship is one thing but it is becoming hanger mode.
Samantha's picture

[quote comment="40103"][quote

[quote comment="40103"][quote comment="40090"]Yay!!!! 50 points for Star and her turtleneck! Kerry Washington needs to tap Bey and show her how to work a pound of sequins, cuz she looks gooooood. In fact everyone looks good.....but umm did Ashanti and Viv get posing advice from the same person? Just asking 'cuz they both always have that weird open mouth thing happening.[/quote] PLEASE Stop frontin, you know if Beyonce had that on, you would be talking about how ugly it is, blah, blah, blah[/quote] Ummmm...I like Beyonce...did you used to work @ Ms. Cleo? That's probably why they went outta bizness...
supachoklit's picture

[quote comment="40186"]With

[quote comment="40186"]With all due respect, Will is looking a little...ummmm...dare I say 'six degrees of separation-esque'. I'm just saying...[/quote] Nicely put...
Hmmmm's picture

With all due respect, Will is

With all due respect, Will is looking a little...ummmm...dare I say 'six degrees of separation-esque'. I'm just saying...
T!'s picture

----Note to everyone: Paula

----Note to everyone: Paula Patton had that baby...she looks too fab... ----I love Jada and Will...Jada looks incredible... ----Traci looks so good I love that dress on her... ----Salli Richardson, Garcelle, and Lisa Raye are always on my top Fab lists...and they rarely disappoint---*loves them* ----I absolutely LOVE RUBY DEE----Much Respect.... ----Viv always looks botoxed...and Gabrielle is always trying to look sexy in her random pix (stop trying so hard Gabby you are too cute for that)..
Dani's picture

Aunt Viv looks like Gail King

Aunt Viv looks like Gail King (Oprah's BFF) Star Jones looks nice, but she still look like a bratz doll. And uuuum Will Smith, i am giving him the side eye... he look sooo gay. especially wth those two earrings in his ear, no facial hair. I bet the farm the he and Jada are swingers.
nychele's picture

So I guess it is official the

So I guess it is official the Smith's and the Cruise's are a couple. B/c there is no explanation for them to ALWAYS be together.
kiwi84's picture

No disrespect but latanya

No disrespect but latanya looks like a tranny.
PRock's picture

i cant see ANY of the

i cant see ANY of the pictures you posted natasha!!!!!!!!! whats going on?
yem-yem's picture

[quote comment="40015"]Wow,

[quote comment="40015"]Wow, everyone looked beatiful/handsome! Congrats to Jada! I will be swagger-jacking Pauletta's hairstyle this summer.[/quote] You and me both. Does anyone know if this event is going to be televised?
Imjusgonnasayit's picture

These are beautiful

These are beautiful pictures! I read an article on Time's website yesterday where they have traced the origins of humans through DNA back to Africa, and it said everybody else descended from us. I am so proud to be Black.
BellaY's picture

-Jada is lookin’ good with

-Jada is lookin’ good with that Minnie Mouse dress on…Will should let the mustache and goatee grow back in; maybe it missing for a film though. -Tom and Katie are alright with me, they have no problem hangin’ out with the brothas and sistas. -Woo! Tracy Edmonds is hot like the Mojave Desert. Gabby is too! Did she get her nose done though? -Tracy, Garcelle, Lisa Ray, Vivica, Salli Richardson, Holly Robinson Peete… what is this, the hottest 40 and over babe contest?
K Dubb's picture

EVERYONE LOOKED FABULOUS!

EVERYONE LOOKED FABULOUS! LOVED VIVICA'S HAIR.
deafjam04's picture

[quote comment="40028"]i hate

[quote comment="40028"]i hate tracey shoes and look like she got some big feet[/quote] lmao at this cuz i got the SAME shoes, the "RAINBOW" version for 24.95 hers probably cost a grip!!!
so sick's picture

[quote comment="40061"][quote

[quote comment="40061"][quote comment="40037"][quote comment="40031"]Yall quit hatin on Tom and Katie. it is nice to see them mix and mingle with Jada and Will and support their friends. that is what it is about, supporting their friends! they are not trying to recruit anybody. damn[/quote] Okay, that is what I'm saying, they have been friends with Will and Jada 4 eva. They go to each others childrens games.[/quote] I co-sign damn! Friends support friends!!![/quote] THEY GOT TO Y'ALL, DIDN'T THEY? LOL!
Hmmmm's picture

I meant to say It's like the

I meant to say It's like the thought of evolution that we evolved from monkies.But scientology is no religion.IMO.They just people with money.Hollywood is based on weird stuff anyways. Aside from that Paula looks great.Ruby should of been honored years ago (like I mention before).Far away Will looks young, but up close he looks a lot of older than why I expected.
Sharonda's picture

[quote comment="40085"] what

[quote comment="40085"] what is the big deal with tomkat/scientology?! u have a celebrity that stands behind his religion and makes no bones about it and he is constantly labled "crazy". why are people that openly support and acknowlege their religion called zealots, crazy, etc? maybe if more people were strong in their faith, WHATEVER THAT FAITH BE, we would be better citizens as a whole. \ /quote] It's like the thought of evolution that we evolved from monkies.But scientology is no religion.IMO.They just people with money.Hollywood is based on weird stuff anyways. Aside from that Paula looks great.Ruby should of been honored years ago (like I mention before).Far away Will looks young, but up close he looks a lot of older than why I expected.
Sharonda's picture

[quote

[quote comment="40090"]Yay!!!! 50 points for Star and her turtleneck! Kerry Washington needs to tap Bey and show her how to work a pound of sequins, cuz she looks gooooood. In fact everyone looks good.....but umm did Ashanti and Viv get posing advice from the same person? Just asking 'cuz they both always have that weird open mouth thing happening.[/quote] PLEASE Stop frontin, you know if Beyonce had that on, you would be talking about how ugly it is, blah, blah, blah
Stop Frontin''s picture

Everyone looks good, Gabby as

Everyone looks good, Gabby as well but DAMN is Gabrielle at every industry party. She's not even promoting anything...she is OFFICIALLY the Black Paris Hilton. Get with it Gabby.
That Chick's picture

[quote comment="40085"]paula

[quote comment="40085"]paula and robin (thicke) have NEVER acknowleged a pregnancy. so all the talk about a baby is rumor until it is announced, the same we talked about christina (aguilera) and jlo. what is the big deal with tomkat/scientology?! u have a celebrity that stands behind his religion and makes no bones about it and he is constantly labled "crazy". why are people that openly support and acknowlege their religion called zealots, crazy, etc? maybe if more people were strong in their faith, WHATEVER THAT FAITH BE, we would be better citizens as a whole. \ i stand by my statement a few months ago, gabby continues to bore me! and still i ask, after she made it VERY clear how she felt about black bloggers (such as ybf, concrete loop, crunktastical, etc) why is she still blogging space!?[/quote] Maybe it's because his religion is based on alien invasions and was started by a sci-fi author...???? I feel where you're coming from, but aliens?
supachoklit's picture

Yay!!!! 50 points for Star

Yay!!!! 50 points for Star and her turtleneck! Kerry Washington needs to tap Bey and show her how to work a pound of sequins, cuz she looks gooooood. In fact everyone looks good.....but umm did Ashanti and Viv get posing advice from the same person? Just asking 'cuz they both always have that weird open mouth thing happening.
supachoklit's picture

meant...why is she still

meant...why is she still getting blogging space?
soulkat's picture

paula and robin (thicke) have

paula and robin (thicke) have NEVER acknowleged a pregnancy. so all the talk about a baby is rumor until it is announced, the same we talked about christina (aguilera) and jlo. what is the big deal with tomkat/scientology?! u have a celebrity that stands behind his religion and makes no bones about it and he is constantly labled "crazy". why are people that openly support and acknowlege their religion called zealots, crazy, etc? maybe if more people were strong in their faith, WHATEVER THAT FAITH BE, we would be better citizens as a whole. \ i stand by my statement a few months ago, gabby continues to bore me! and still i ask, after she made it VERY clear how she felt about black bloggers (such as ybf, concrete loop, crunktastical, etc) why is she still blogging space!?
soulkat's picture

Hey Tasha, Quincy would

Hey Tasha, Quincy would never be at an event honoring black women, looking for a PYT...he don't do us!!! He just don't!!!
outtahear's picture

evry1 looks beautiful esp.

evry1 looks beautiful esp. jada & gabrielle Will just looks so fine he def doesnt look 40+!!!stupid TomKat
jaaay's picture

- Tracey Edmunds is a BAD

- Tracey Edmunds is a BAD CHICK...everybody else should take notes. - Tom is taking on a 'look of desperation' by hanging to the coat tails of Will and Jada. He knows that his time is up and no one gives a d@mn about him or his movies anymore and is ONLY trying to remain relevant by appearing at every event Will makes. Will needs to shut that down quick, cause it's gonna start looking really weird in a minute. Cause he surely does not need Tom Cruise around to be relevant. -Gabrielle Union is getting to be very very very very boring...she needs to get some depth to her and popping up at every event with nothing to contribute isn't doing it. Perhaps some depth would help her in her acting roles and the sell of movie tickets... - Also, Will and Jada come off as really genuine and that's something money can't buy.
deLis's picture

I'm signing the friends'

I'm signing the friends' petition. Will and Jada been friends with Katie and Uncle Cracker for some hot minutes!
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