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