ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards Red Carpet

Posted on March 25, 2022

The Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards are BACK and everyone showed up turned out in bold, colorful, fun looks! Let’s go, ladies!



Amber Riley in Rene’ Tyler +

We’ll give her credit for a look that requires a full minute to take in. The downside is that your eye winds up wandering all over it. As much as we dislike trains on short dresses, we think it’s the fuzzy bust and bow that need editing out.



Aunjanue Ellis

We once had an editor strike “badass” from a piece we were writing with “Let’s try something fresher” and the sting still lingers. Nevertheless, this is badass. She looks fucking amazing.




Coco Jones in Christian Siriano

She likes like a sexy undersea creature for a production of The Little Mermaid LIVE! on NBC. That is not a dis.




Demi Singleton in Zimmermann

Great jacket, extremely flimsy and underwhelming skirt.




Garcelle Beauvais in Jovana Louis

It’s a great take on the tux, but we don’t understand the placement of those buttons.




Karrueche Tran in Balmain

Really cute. We kind of expected a pair of thigh-high boots on the scrolldown.




Lena Waithe in Dzojchen

Great colors, love the shape of the jacket. We think black was not the way to go for the shoes.




Marsai Martin

Perfectly cute and grownup glam at the same time.




Mj Rodriguez in Jason Wu

Our first thought was that this looked like a dress we might have covered circa 2008 or so. Our second thought is that it looks really cute and timeless on her. Same sandals, but in gold, right?




Niecy Nash

She’s a married lady and doesn’t wear skin tight dresses anymore. She’s moved on… to teeny-tiny dresses. She looks amazing and that’s all her, because she’s basically wearing a bathrobe.




Quinta Brunson in Hanifa

She’s so cute and this design and color are so letting her down. Love the hair, makeup, jewelry and shoes, though.




Robin Thede in Valentino

It’s kind of pretty, but the placement of the flowers is really distracting and we keep thinking it needs a belt, even though belts aren’t really in style right now.




Saniyya Sidney in Silvia Tcherassi

Adorable. Lots of great sandals on this red carpet.




Serena Williams in S by Serena

It’s serving Serena — literally. We’re fine with the dress, but those shoes are tragic.




Storm Reid in LaPointe

We’re amazed how well she’s pulling this off, but we think it’s the hair and makeup doing most of the work to keep this look fresh.



Tabitha Brown in Öfuurë

Well, there’s no way to claim this look lacks personality or comes off generic. It’s fun and it’s just right for the occasion.



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