ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood *Its Oscar week and that means it’s time for the “ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood” luncheon.

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.

Gayle King BWIH“CBS This Morning” host, Gayle King said allowing women to look at their own lives, helps them raise their game.

“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.’”

Iyanla Vanzant Inspirational speaker Iyanla Vanzant suggests propitious reflections of color, size and image will create a quality example.

“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.

Angela Bassett Academy Award nominee Angela Bassett believes positive images encourage children to feel good about themselves.

“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.”

Mara Brock Akil “Being Mary Jane” creator Mara Brock Akil wants our youth to appreciate their beauty.

“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.”

Common BWIHRapper Common says being able to see accomplished women, that come from similar neighborhoods gives females hope.

“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.”

 Tracee Ellis RossActress Tracee Ellis Ross considers the luncheon to be a representation of sisterhood.

“All of us have similar experiences and we our coming together to support each other,” proclaimed Ross.

Chaka KhanThe legendary Chaka Khan encourages ladies to stop being competitive and to honor each other more.

“We have to show love for one another, that’s more important than anything.”