'Essence' luncheon uplifts black women in Hollywood

February 20, 2015 1:22 AM

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BEVERLY HILLS — Essence magazine's annual Black Women in Hollywood luncheon is becoming one of the premier events of Oscars week, according to the honorees and attendees who gushed about the importance of the star-studded affair, held Thursday at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

"I feel so supported and so privileged and also I feel responsibility on my shoulders, but it's wonderful because for me, I'm not African-American, I'm British. ... I am both black and white at the same time, which for me has been a journey. I always thought 'black women in Hollywood? I don't know -...

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