Essence Magazine Honors Black Women In Hollywood

Yesterday at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Essence Magazine held their 4th Annual Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon celebrating African-American women who, through their work in Hollywood, have inspired positive images of Black women around the world.

Amongst the women honored at the awards were Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, Viola Davis and the youngest honoree, Jennifer Hudson.

Jennifer Hudson is the epitome of a role model– the 29-year-old American Idol alum has overcome family tragedy, astonished us with an Oscar-winning performance in Dreamgirls and now, with her phenomenal transformation as Weight Watchers spokesgirl, the star has also made waves in the realm of healthy body image.

“It is our job as women in Hollywood to create memorable characters and to tell meaningful stories.  Thanks to our predecessors, we don’t have to fight to break down impossible barriers, we just have to strive to produce quality work.  This is our time,” proclaimed Hudson.

Jennifer’s largely anticipated new album, I Remember Me, will be released on March 22nd. Check out the video for the beautiful first single, ”Where You At,” which was filmed in Hudson’s hometown of Chicago, after the jump.

More photos from Essence’s Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon here.

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