During an emotional luncheon, Essence magazine honored black women in Hollywood, with presenters and honorees frequently tearing up or sobbing. A performance by Common and John Legend helped add to the emotion in the room at the Beverly Wilshire on Thursday.
Gina Prince-Bythewood kicked off the doings referencing her athletic days at UCLA. “We are playing in someone else’s house, but it doesn’t matter. Tune out the BS,” she said as she presented the Discovery Award to shorts filmmaker Iman N. Milner.