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Steven Vargas, E! NEWS

ESSENCE honored “The Black Cinematic Universe” at the Black Women in Hollywood Awards, highlighting the work of stars like Quinta Brunson, Nia Long and more.


The women of ” The Black Cinematic Universe” did not come to disappoint.

At ESSENCE‘s 15th annual Black Women in Hollywood Awards red carpet, stars of this year’s best films and television shows arrived in head-turning looks to celebrate the work they’ve accomplished. The event was held at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, California on March 24. 

Among the notable stars taking the red carpet were Meagan Good from the Amazon Prime series Harlem who arrived in a blue over-the-shoulder two-piece that widened at the arms and legs. The show’s executive producer, Lena Waithe, wore a rose pink pantsuit, with a darker pink T-shirt and silver necklace.

The night’s honorees, who are also featured on the cover of of the March/April issue of ESSENCE, included Aunjanue EllisQuinta BrunsonNia Long and Chanté Adams.

“For 15 years, our Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards has heralded the strengths and accomplishments of Black women who are making an impact in Hollywood,” ESSENCE CEO Caroline Wanga said in a statement. “This year — as we highlight the Black Cinematic Universe — our four honorees each exemplify the power, life and joy that is a direct reflection of our community.”

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Aunjanue, who is also nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the 2022 Oscars, sported a coral pantsuit and matching heels. Abbott Elementary‘s Quinta followed the monochromatic trend in a yellow thigh-high slit dress that draped over her right leg and had the additional texture of frills at the sleeves. Nia from acclaimed films like Love Jones and Boyz n the Hood wore a short, layered cream dress with a gold clutch and heels.

See more photos of the stars at the 2022 Black Women in Hollywood Awards:

Serena Willams, Momodu Mansaray/WireImage
Loni Love, Momodu Mansaray/WireImage

Meagan Good, Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images

Garcelle Beauvais, Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images
Lala Milan, Momodu Mansaray/WireImage
Grace Byers, Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images
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Marsai Martin, Momodu Mansaray/WireImage
Robyn Simpson Reid and Storm Reid, Momodu Mansaray/WireImage
Amber Riley, Momodu Mansaray/WireImage
Natasha Rothwell, Momodu Mansaray/WireImage
Lexi Underwood, Momodu Mansaray/WireImage
Layla Crawford, Momodu Mansaray/WireImage
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Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Momodu Mansaray/WireImage
Karrueche Tran, Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images
Nina Parker, Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images
Angela Lewis, MRodin Eckenroth/Getty Images
Courtney A. Kemp, Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images
Tabitha Brown, Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images
Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images
Aunjanue Ellis, Momodu Mansaray/WireImage
Ashley Nicole Black, Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images
Demi Singleton, Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images
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Jessica Betts and Niece Nash, Momodu Mansaray/WireImage
Robin There, Momodu Mansaray/WireImage
Kaci Walfall, Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images
Lena Waithe, Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images
Damson Idris, Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images
Larenz Tate, Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images
Jabari Banks, Momodu Mansaray/WireImage
Tank, Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images
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