Concrete Loop was invited to the 5th Annual Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon earlier this week in Los Angeles, California. The Lincoln sponsored event, which has been a highlight of the Oscar weekend since 2008, is always held in positive regard to its many celebrity attendees.
The 2012 honorees included, actress Pam Grier (‘Legend Award’), writer Shonda Rhimes (‘Visionary Award’), actresses Octavia Spencer (‘Best Breakthrough Performance Award’), Kerry Washington (‘Vanguard Award’) and Paula Patton (‘Shining Star Award’). Essence also paid special tribute to Whitney Houston during the event; playing select songs during each honoree induction.
Singer/actress Jordin Sparks treated the audience with an emotional performance of the song, “Look Into Your Heart,” which will be featured on the soundtrack of the upcoming film, Sparkle. The 22 year-old co-starred with Houston in the highly anticipated film that is slated for an August release.
Make sure to check out a bunch of exclusive photos below. We also have red carpet interviews with the (5) honorees and some exclusive footage from inside via Getty Video! Enjoy!
VIDEO: HONOREE *RED CARPET* INTERVIEWS
VIDEO: *INSIDE* THE EVENT
A photo of me outside the Lincoln Blogger’s Lounge before the event started.