The 8th annual Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon happened yesterday (February 19) and it was nothing but beautiful smiles all across the blue carpet and beyond. And there’s more where that came from.

Via Essence:

OWN will air a primetime special on Saturday, February 21, at 10 p.m. ET, featuring highlights and exclusive interviews from ESSENCE’s Oscar-week event celebrating the achievements of Black women in front of and behind the camera.

Hosted by Tracey Edmonds and Shemar Moore, the OWN special will share special moments from the emotional awards show, this year honoring cast members of Orange Is the New Black, Regina King, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and legendary costume designer Ruth Carter. Presenters include Oprah Winfrey, Lupita Nyong’o, Ava DuVernay, David Oyelowo, Mara Brock Akil and Gina Prince Bythewood. John Legend and Common are slated to perform.

In advance of the OWN show, make sure you catch the red carpet action on’s live stream, beginning Thursday, February 19, at 2:30 pm ET. Plus, see photos and full coverage right here, and follow all the action on social using #BlackWomenInHollywood.


Check out the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon gallery, which features plenty of gorgeous celebrities including WNBA superstar Skylar Diggins, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and various cast members from Orange is the New Black. Common, John Legend and Will Packer were there too but they’re not getting any burn here.

Photos: Brian To/WENN

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