Just days before the 2019 Oscars air on Sunday, Feb. 24, celebrities flocked to the 2019 Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards.
From Kelly Rowland to Regina King to Octavia Spencer, the star-studded event was full of Hollywood talent.
At today’s luncheon, Essence is honoring Amandla Stenberg, Jenifer Lewis, Kiki Layne and Regina Hall.
An eyewitness tells E! News that Eva Marcille was so moved by Stenberg’s speech, she was the first to stand up for her ovation.
Another notable moment? Layne’s Breakout Star acceptance speech, where spoke about how she feels like she isn’t alone “in all of this.”
“It is the very beginning for me and being here in this room and receiving this award, it’s showing me that I’m not by myself in all of this,” the If Beale Street Could Talk actress said in her acceptance speech.
“People ask me all the time ‘How has all of this been? Your life is changing?’ I mean, it’s really exciting and I’m so very thankful but it’s also extremely terrifying.”
The insider shares King, who presented the award to Kiki, was very touched by the star’s speech.
“I’m crying like I’m actually your momma,” King said.
The insider also shares that Lewis low-key mentioned Jussie Smollett during her acceptance speech. While she didn’t explicitly say his name, she did sing a song about her “comment” on his situation.
Aside from the awards segment, the red carpet displayed fearless fashion as everyone dazzled in bright and bold ensembles.
All shades of blue took over the luncheon. Jenifer Lewis, Angela Bassett, Tati Gabrielle and Chloe Bailey (of the singing duo Chloe x Halle) attended the event in various blue-toned outfits.
Along with the ocean hue, neon colors, hot pink and pantsuits were also trendy on the red carpet.
To see all of the swoon-worthy ensembles at the 2019 Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards luncheon, take a look at our gallery.
After seeing all of these lewks, it’s safe to say the event was full of glitz, glamour and more.