Jurnee Smollett, Jeanette Jenkins, Tracee Ellis Ross, Tia Mowry, and Holly Robinson-Peete with the Lincoln MKZ at ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood

Jurnee Smollett, Jeanette Jenkins, Tracee Ellis Ross, Tia Mowry, and Holly Robinson-Peete with the Lincoln MKZ at ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood

*BEVERYLY HILLS – Lincoln Motor Company was the presenting sponsor for ESSENCE’s 8th Annual Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon, which took place yesterday at The Beverly Wilshire.

The 2015 ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon honored outstanding women in the television and film industry. The following were this year’s honorees: “Beyond The Lights” actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw; actress, Regina King; costume designer, Ruth Carter; and the cast of the Netflix Original Series, Orange is the New Black.

Lincoln presented Gugu Mbatha-Raw with the 2015 Black Women in Hollywood Best Breakthrough of the Year Award. The award was co-presented by “Selma” actor, David Oyelowo.

The event was attended by notables in the industry including, Oprah Winfrey, Common, Laverne Cox, Alfre Woodard, Ava DuVernay, Uzo Aduba, Kelly Rowland, Mara Brock Akil, Tracee Ellis Ross, Shonda Rhimes and many, many more.

Mariah Howard, the lucky winner of Lincoln’s #shinelikeastar Instagram contest was able to attend the event and take in the Lincoln experience with a guest. Celebrity guests like Ava DuVernay, Bevy Smith, Lorraine Toussaint, Uzo Aduba and others arrived to the event in 2015 Lincoln MKZ’s and Navigators.

Now in its eighth year, the ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon is noted as one of the must-attend events during Oscar week.

Model Chanel Imam attends ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon presented by Lincoln.

Model Chanel Imam attends ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon presented by Lincoln.

 TV Producer/Writer Shonda Rhimes attends ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood luncheon presented by Lincoln

TV Producer/Writer Shonda Rhimes attends ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood luncheon presented by Lincoln

 Michelle Ebanks (President, ESSENCE Communications), Shawn Thompson (Marketing Manager, Lincoln), Tracee Ellis Ross, Guest, Vanessa Bush (Editor in Chief, ESSENCE Magazine)

Michelle Ebanks (President, ESSENCE Communications), Shawn Thompson (Marketing Manager, Lincoln), Tracee Ellis Ross, Guest, Vanessa Bush (Editor in Chief, ESSENCE Magazine)

Lincoln host Bevy Smith chats with Shawn Thompson, Multi-cultural Marketing ManagerLincoln, at ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood

Lincoln host Bevy Smith chats with Shawn Thompson, Multi-cultural Marketing ManagerLincoln, at ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood

Tia Mowry and husband Cory Hardrict with the Lincoln MKZ at ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood

Tia Mowry and husband Cory Hardrict with the Lincoln MKZ at ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood

Producer Robi Reed attends ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon presented by Lincoln

Producer Robi Reed attends ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon presented by Lincoln

Star of “Belle” Gugu Mbatha-Raw attends ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Lincoln presented by Lincoln

Star of “Belle” Gugu Mbatha-Raw attends ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Lincoln presented by Lincoln

TV Producer/Writer Mara Brock Akil attends ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood luncheon presented by Lincoln

TV Producer/Writer Mara Brock Akil attends ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood luncheon presented by Lincoln

Academy Award nominee John Legend walks the carpet at ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon presented by Lincoln

Academy Award nominee John Legend walks the carpet at ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon presented by Lincoln

Kelly Rowland attends ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon presented by Lincoln

Kelly Rowland attends ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon presented by Lincoln

Star of “Orange Is The New Black” Uzo Aduba on the red carpet at ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood presented by Lincoln

Star of “Orange Is The New Black” Uzo Aduba on the red carpet at ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood presented by Lincoln

Academy Award nominee Ava DuVernay attends ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon presented by Lincoln

Academy Award nominee Ava DuVernay attends ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon presented by Lincoln

Alfre Woodard attends ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon presented by Lincoln

Alfre Woodard attends ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon presented by Lincoln

Star of “Orange Is The New Black” Laverne Cox and ESSENCE Magazine Editor In Chief Vanessa Bush attend ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood presented by Lincoln

Star of “Orange Is The New Black” Laverne Cox and ESSENCE Magazine Editor In Chief Vanessa Bush attend ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood presented by Lincoln

Academy Award nominee Common on the carpet at ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood presented by Lincoln

Academy Award nominee Common on the carpet at ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood presented by Lincoln

Star of “Selma” David Oyelowo attends the ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood event presented by Lincoln

Star of “Selma” David Oyelowo attends the ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood event presented by Lincoln

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