[All photos by Andreas Branch for PMc.] On the eve of the Oscar's, Essence Magazine honored four remarkable women for their work in Hollywood: Zoe Saldana, Mary J. Blige, Queen Latifah and Oscar nominee Gabourey Sidibe at a luncheon yesterday in the Beverly Hills Hotel.
The 3rd annual luncheon was particularly special this year, as it falls on the 40th Anniversary of the magazine. This annual event honors four women who have worked towards presenting a positive image of Black women in Hollywood. The star studded event brought out many familiar faces, including Jada Pinkett Smith, Serena Williams, Common, Joy Bryant, James Cameron (who presented the Rising Star award to Saldana), Taraji P Henson and Viola Davis.
Common Joy Bryant
Taraji P Henson ?, Steve Harvey
Garcelle Beauvais Nilon Shaun Robinson
Viola Davis Anika Noni Rose
Queen Latifah Keri Hilson