*Earlier this week, Essence hosted its 13th Annual Black Women in Hollywood Awards at the Four Season in Los Angeles.
This year’s honorees were Niecy Nash (“When They See Us”), Melina Matsoukas (Director of “Queen& Slim”), Lashana Lynch (“No Time to Die”), the cast of the FX drama “Pose” and the show’s creator Janet Mock.
The red carpet was flooded with black girl magic as many came out to show their support and celebrate the honorees. Essence has celebrated black women and giving them a voice for many years. 50 years to be exact, as they celebrate the brand’s 50th anniversary. During that time, they have given black women a platform to showcase their beauty, talents, entrepreneurship and so much more before mainstream media finally took note.
On the carpet at the Black Women in Hollywood Awards, I asked some of the women if they feel we as black women have finally arrived in Hollywood.
“I think there’s more work to do. I don’t think anybody’s just ok where they are, especially us because we’re just now getting in,” responded Tika Sumpter.
Actress Garcelle Beauvais had this to say:
“I think we’re in a really good place now, I mean the fact that we are leads in television shows!”
Not only are black women getting more lead roles in television we also making history. Honoree Lashana Lynch will be the first black person and woman to play Agent 007 also known as James Bond.
As mentioned before the event was overflowing with the beauty and excellence of the many women we know in black Hollywood such as Kerry Washington, Issa Ray, Jennifer Lewis, Gabrielle Union, Angela Rye and so many more.
Being that this event is taking place during black history month I also asked how everyone was celebrating the month, even though we should be celebrating every day. Loni Love, “The Real host says she celebrates through the show
“We do black history facts, we do little known black history facts. We make everything extra black.”
For more of the ladies’ responses on their black history month celebrations click on the video above.