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Zendaya, Whoopi Goldberg and Michaela Coel Honored at Essence’s Black Women in Hollywood Awards

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Zendaya, Whoopi Goldberg and Michaela Coel Honored at Essence’s Black Women in Hollywood Awards

by Rebecca Keegan via https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/

In her acceptance speech, Coel detailed one disastrous meeting with Hollywood studio executives and a celebratory night with Janelle Monáe: “I am just eager to be here and I’m grateful for the invitation to sit down at your table.”

In a typical Oscar week, Essence’s Black Women in Hollywood Awards is a star-studded, tears-and-laughter packed, invitation-only luncheon celebrating the industry’s Black female talent. This year, Essence’s 14th time hosting the event, called for a more pandemic friendly, virtual approach, albeit one that still packed plenty of emotion.

“Obviously there aren’t hundreds of people in the room with us,” said Laverne Cox, who hosted the show that honored Zendaya, Whoopi Goldberg, Cynthia Erivo, Michaela Coel and Andra Day. “It’s a global pandemic, people.”

The theme of this year’s awards show, which was taped on a soundstage in Hollywood April 3 and streamed on Essence.com April 22, was “Mastering Our Stories.” “So many of us, especially women…

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