7 Must-See Moments from the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards Luncheon!


Tess Thompson, Lena Waithe, Tiffany Haddish, Danai Gurira
By Michelby Coco Whitehead

Have you ever taken a deep breath and thought to yourself, "God, I love being a Black Woman in 2018?!" From Amara La Negra to the women of Wakanda, and Ava DuVernay's highly anticipated A Wrinkle In Time film, being a sister is lit! And this year's Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards was no exception. Every year, celebrity influencers and tastemakers in the industry gather for a celebration of Queendom in film and entertainment.

This year's honorees included Issa Rae, Janelle Monae, and Yara Shahidi, just to name a few. With all this melanin in the room, there were quite a few magical moments to behold. In case you missed it, here is a rundown of what happens when you put a bunch of goddesses together!

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Does Saying No To Makeup Come With Age?


Model Naomi Campbell
By Erickka Sy Savane

There was a moment a few months ago when I was getting ready for an event, standing in the mirror with a tube of lipstick, wondering why I was about to paint my face. I’d done it a zillion times without question, but this time, I just felt silly. What I really wanted was to go completely as I am. Now, I don’t mean butt-naked, but naked-face. Is this what it means to get older? Still, I went ahead and did it, and when I got to the event and posed the question to a few friends they looked at me like I was smoking crack. Wanna clear a room? Start talking about age. My bad.

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Celeb Barber Shares Tips On Maintaining The Perfect Baldie

Actress Sanaa Lathan
 By Lenora Houseworth-Weston  

Shakeya “Shakey” Mervin, known as "Shakey-da-Celebrity-Barber" on instagram knows about a bomb cut. The self-taught, Harlem-based barber began professionally cutting hair after she struggled finding a new job as a teacher just six years ago. During that time, she leaped head first into the male-dominated field after reading a Craigslist ad--and soon found a calling that allowed her to totally be herself, like in the classroom. Since then, she’s snagged clients like BET's 106 & Park, Mike Epps, Sidra Smith, Cicely Tyson and more.

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Watch What Happens When Sidra Smith Is Mistaken For Identical Twin, Actress Tasha Smith In Harlem!


Sidra Smith
Life has its challenges when you're an identical twin. People are always mistaking you for the other person... sometimes navigating the case of mistaken identity can be both fun and frustrating! Peep this video shared on Sidra Smith's instagram, of what happened in Harlem over the weekend when she was mistaken for her identical twin, actress Tasha Smith!"
Can you say "I'm not the lady from the Tyler Perry movie!"

Sidra Smith On Launching Her LGBTQ Web Series Indiegogo Campaign

 
  








By Mwabi Kaira 

 Imagine, 18 years ago, before ‘Queer As Folk,’ ‘The L Word,’ or ‘Noah’s Arc,’ a film centered around the lives of four black lesbian women navigating friendship and love. The name of the film was, ‘A Luv Tale,’ it was written, directed and produced by Sidra Smith, and it starred Tichina Arnold, MC Lyte, Gina Ravera (Soul Food), Michele Lamar Richards (The BodyGuard), and Angela Means (Friday).  Shown at a host of film festivals, it was a fan favorite that won many awards, including the Audience Award at the Hollywood Black Film Festival. Now streaming on amazon for the past month, ‘A Luv Tale’ is racking up record breaking viewership numbers- with no advertising- and a perfect 5 star rating. 

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