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!


Tiffany Haddish’s IG

Tiffany Haddish
As always, she was ready…until her makeup bag went missing! We can only imagine her confronting the girl who was supposed to be on lookout for the purses. Doesn’t she know that’s a scared sister girl duty at any party? Anyway, if you find it, holla at yo’ girl!

Angela Bassett photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Angela Bassett
If we ran into Angela at an event, we would have to ask her what is her secret to anti-aging? The Queen of Black Don’t Crack kept it simple but still slayed in all white and long voluminous tresses.

Tia Mowry & Hubby via her IG

Tia Mowry, Her Man Cory, & The Baby Bump
What’s more beautiful than a pregnant Black woman? Tia and the baby bump are a sight to see on the red carpet, and her fly ponytail and hot husband seal the deal!

Happy Birthday Lupita!

Lupita & Danai
These two make a great team on and off camera! Lupita and Danai make us smile every time we see their regal style. What’s their secret? Maybe it’s melanin (wink)! Before snagging an award, Dani gets the crowd to sing Happy Birthday to Luipta. Can you say #sisterhood ?

Gabby via IG

Gabby Sidibe
Gabby is truly in a league of her own and she showcases that at this year’s celebration, rocking Afrocentric couture fit for the queen she is. Doesn’t she look amazing?

Sidra’s IG

Sidra Smith

Seeing producer Sidra take
selfies with everyone is proof she’s living her best life and makes us
want a seat at the table! She and her twin sis Tasha Smith recently
celebrated their 47th birthday!
Janelle Monae

Janelle Monae
It’s official. The pixie cut has been slayed by Janelle Monet! Her soft makeup definitely compliments the red carpet look.

Essence IG

 And one bonus!

Tiffany Haddish, again!
When sisters enter the room, we make a statement! We love Tiffany because she’s extra like us or someone we know. Check out her entrance on stage as she accepts her award.

Do you have any fav moments from the awards show?

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