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3rd Annual Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon

ESSENCE held its 3rd annual ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon during Oscar Week on March 4 at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The star-studded event honored Cicely Tyson (Legend Award), Queen Latifah (Power Award), Zoe Saldana (Star to Watch Award), Mary J. Blige (Songstress of the Year) and Gabourey Sidibe (Best Breakthrough Performance). The annual event honors African-American women, who through their work in Hollywood—both in front of the camera and behind-the-scenes—have helped to change and inspire positive images of Black women in television and film. Award presenters included Oscar-nominated Avatar director James Cameron, who presented Saldana's award to her. The intimate event also commemorated the 40th Anniversary of ESSENCE magazine as well as ESSENCE magazine’s annual Hollywood issue. Sponsors included presenting sponsor Lincoln, as well as partner sponsors COVERGIRL Queen Collection, MasterCard Worldwide and was supported by Moet & Chandon.