This, this and more of this!!
Inspiration literally personified.
The 7th annual Essence Magazine Black Women in Hollywood luncheon took place just over a week ago on Thursday 27th February at the Beverly Hills hotel in L.A.
I love that Essence Magazine created a platform / event such as this to celebrate black women’s achievements in the entertainment industry. Just watching the coverage on-line (the event is not televised) and also watching the speeches of the award winners of the day I feel supremely inspired and motivated as well as proud of my fellow black women and all they do and continue to do in their respective industries.
I know that some people still question why or whether we need colour specific platforms like this one when we are all apparently supposed to be “post-racial” and at a time when black people/women are apparently no longer being ignored by the merit-ascribing-ocracy; a case in point might be said to be the fact that Lupita Nyong’o was awarded the Best Breakthrough Performance Award for her role as Patsey in Steve McQueen’s 12 years a Slave at the Essence Luncheon; her performance in that film then won her the Best Supporting Actress Oscar at the Academy Awards less than a week later. Continue reading
The subject of the film already captures my interest as much of what I know about the wives of Dr King and Malcolm X is contextualised as them as wives to these great public figures and civil rights activists; presuming this double biopic is aiming to be factually accurate I’m looking forward to finding out a bit about the women in the context of them as women, as Betty and Coretta.
Its due to be aired on 2nd February in the US so come the 3rd I’ll be looking out for any links posted on-line…*heavy hint* Well as Malcolm said, “By any means necessary” right?