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Inside ESSENCE’s 2019 ‘Black Women In Hollywood’ Awards

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Kicking off Oscar weekend with style and grace, ESSENCE celebrated four remarkable Hollywood artist-activists during its 12th annual “BLACK WOMEN IN HOLLYWOOD AWARDS,” held Thursday, February 21, 2019 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA.  

The luncheon, themed “Art + Activism,” was hosted by Grammy Award-Winning singer and actress, Kelly Rowland; and honored actress and comedian Regina Hall (Black Women in Hollywood Award Recipient); actress/singer and author Jenifer Lewis (Black Women in Hollywood Award Recipient); actress Amandla Stenberg (Black Women in Hollywood Award Recipient) and actress KiKi Layne (Ford Spotlight Award Recipient). 

Regina King, Sanaa Lathan, Elaine Welteroth, Loretta Devine and Sheryl Lee Ralph were presenters and Amber Riley performed two beautiful covers of Stephanie Mills’ “Home” and Aretha Franklin’s “Natural Woman.” The exclusive pre-Oscar event was abuzz with Hollywood Black excellence from actresses to musicians, executives, beauty influencers and more.

See highlights below:

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Woody Allen self-releases ‘A Rainy Day in New York’ Trailer starring Selena Gomez and Timothée Chalamet

The first trailer for “A Rainy Day In New York” has finally be released, by Woody Allen himself. The film, which stars Selena Gomez, Timothée Chalamet, Elle Fanning, Jude Law and Diego Luna, looks to center around “two young people who arrive in New York for a weekend where they are met with bad weather and a series of adventures.”

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Filmmakers protest anti-abortion laws at Cannes Film festival

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Cannes Film festival has kicked off with an interesting start! On Saturday, moments before the premiere of a controversial Argentine documentary, centering abortion rights, dozens of women used the red carpet as a meeting place to protest against the issue.

The group of women reportedly included filmmakers who wore green ahead of the premiere of Argentine director Juan Solanas’ “Let It Be Law.”

Argentina’s Senate rejected a bill to legalize abortion last year. A modified version of the bill will be presented to Congress on May 28, per AP.

On Tuesday, the Alabama Senate passed a bill that would outlaw almost all abortions in the state, including those involving pregnancies from rape or incest.

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Octavia Spencer discusses role in ‘Ma’ at film’s L.A. Premiere

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Octavia Spencer hit the red carpet at the premiere of her new horror movie “Ma” on Thursday night (May 16) at the Regal LA Live in downtown Los Angeles.

“I am really excited! It’s a labor of love,” she said during a brief interview where she discussed her role as Sue Ann.

Spencer plays a loner who keeps to herself in her quiet Ohio town. She described the character as “very different” but still thrilled to have the opportunity to take on the character.

“I like not being contained but keeping her grounded in every way possible,” she continued. “We’ve all been teenagers at some point in our lives and I think that’s what’s so relatable about Sue Ann. We’ve all been on the outside looking in at some point, especially as kids.”

The Oscar-winning actress was joined at the event by her co-stars Allison Janney, Juliette Lewis, Diana Silvers, Corey Fogelmanis, McKaley Miller, Kyanna Simone Simpson, Gianni Paolo, Dante Brown, and Tanyell Waivers.

Director Tate Taylor made an appearance as well. Taylor previously worked with Spencer on the award-winning motion picture “The Help” in 2011.

“Ma” lands in theaters May 31.

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