Kelly Rowland attends Paramount Pictures’ ‘What Men Want’ Premiere on January 28, 2019 in Westwood, California.
Kelly Rowland attends Paramount Pictures’ ‘What Men Want’ Premiere on January 28, 2019 in Westwood, California.
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Every black woman I know who has graced the room at the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards has one thing in common with the others; they’re always beaming at how affirming it is to celebrate their fellow sisters.

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The 2019 Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards will be honoring Amandla Stenberg (The Hate U Give), Jenifer Lewis (Black-ish), KiKi Layne (If Beale Street Could Talk), and Regina Hall (Support The Girls).

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Now, we have the emcee of the day: none other than the gorgeous and talented Kelly Rowland!

“I’m so honored to host this year’s Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards and shine a light on four exceptional women for their art and social activism,” Rowland said in a press release, via Essence. “With this phenomenal Oscar-week celebration, Essence creates a special place that elevates the beauty, power and magic of Black women.”

The Grammy Award-winner will be starring in BET’s American Soul, premiering February 5 at 9 p.m. ET.

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The 2019 Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards will kick off a black and excellent Oscar weekend with a celebratory luncheon on February 21, 2019.

Staff Writer, Entertainment at The Root. Sugar, spice & everything rice. Equipped with the uncanny ability to make a Disney reference and a double entendre in the same sentence.

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