At Essence's pre-Oscars luncheon, the message is clear: 'Sisters are the vibranium'

At Essence's pre-Oscars luncheon, the message is clear: 'Sisters are the vibranium'

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At the Essence Black Women in Hollywood luncheon in Beverly Hills, Danai Gurira, the afternoon affair’s first honoree, began her acceptance on a high note. Before launching into her passionate speech, she instead surprised Lupita Nyong’o, her presenter and “Black Panther” costar, with a birthday song. A cheering audience immediately joined her.

Throughout the affair, there were tears, standing ovations and more cheering, which, for those not present, will be shown on TV when the luncheon airs Saturday on OWN.

Sisters Chloe and Halle Bailey perform onstage during the Essence Black Women in Hollywood pre-Oscars luncheon on Thursday. Aaron J. Thornton / Getty Images for…



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