The exclusive event honored the brightest stars at the Beverly Hills Hotel Thursday.
EURweb associate Fahnia Thomas was at the 7th annual celebration and asked the best of Hollywood why it’s important to continuously illuminate positive images of Black women worldwide.
“We have to shine the light on ourselves if anyone else is going to see us,” declared Tatyana Ali.
“When we celebrate ourselves even in our own community it lets the greater community know we exist and we’re gorgeous,” continued soap opera star.
“Everybody needs to see somebody that looks like them,” declared King. “When you walk in the room with these women you say, ‘maybe I can do better, maybe I can be better.'”
“When we see an event like this where we have Black women of all shades, all ages, all colors it gives a demonstration to the younger women of what is possible,” enlighten Vanzant.
“I’ve started to tell my daughter, ‘little Black girls and Black women are super heroes,'” shared Bassett. “I want her to feel empowered and beautiful.”
“It’s time for young women to feel ok with being themselves,” explained Akil. “They need enough opportunities to show them ‘it’s ok,’ because once you can get over being yourself, you can find your purpose or your voice in life.”
“It gives them a standard to say, ‘I can achieve that,'” noted the artist. “When I saw my peers achieve certain things, I knew that I could do it too.”
“All of us have similar experiences and we our coming together to support each other,” proclaimed Ross.
“We have to show love for one another, that’s more important than anything.”