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Tiffany Haddish, Tessa Thompson, Lena Waithe & Danai Gurira To Be Honored During ESSENCE’s ‘Black Women In Hollywood’ Luncheon

A slew of black girl magic makers are set to be honored for their awesome accomplishments. ESSENCE’s annual “Black Women In Hollywood” luncheon is set to honor four game-changers including Emmy-award winning “The Chi” writer Lena Waithe; “Black Panther” actress Danai Gurira; “Creed” actress Tessa Thompson and comedienne Tiffany Haddish.

The Black Women In Hollywood luncheon will take place Thursday, March 1st, at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, CA.

ESSECNE’s special 2018 Black Women in Hollywood issue will hit newsstands February 23.

Hit the flip for a few quotes from the Black Women In Hollywood issue.

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Tiffany Haddish on Having Fun While Performing:

“‘When you’re onstage, you need to be having fun.’ That’s the advice Richard Pryor gave me. No matter what I’m doing or where I am, I live by that philosophy…If I’m not having fun? Well, that’s when I end up getting arrested…”

Danai Gurira on Creating Opportunities for Women of Color:

“Creating opportunities for Black women, women of African descent and other women of color is a big part of my mandate because I want us to shine. I understand that being on TV as Michonne and in films like ‘Black Panther’ help Black girls feel validated. I don’t take that lightly…”

Lena Waithe on Winning an Emmy and Telling Our Stories:

“Being the first Black woman to win an Emmy for comedy writing was just amazing, but I don’t want to be the last. It’s about our industry, our society, taking a big leap forward. It’s about my ancestors, the women comedy writers and queer communities of color. I shared that moment with them…”

Tessa Thompson on Breaking New Ground With Her Roles:

“I feel as if I’m breaking new ground and providing more representation for women of color around the globe. But even if it wasn’t me, I’d still look at those projects and if I saw a woman who looked like me, I’d think, Wow!”…

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