One of the most magical moments during the annual ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood event is capturing portraits of all the amazing attendees. Each year an eye-catching theme is chosen that celebrates the power, beauty and majesty of the women and men in the room.
For the 2019 portraits, beloved photographer Michael Rowe snapped stars like Ava DuVernay, Angela Bassett, Yvonne Orji, Dewanda Wise, Spike Lee, and more! The vibrant and colorful backdrop — inspired by the artful images of Malik Sidibe was created by artist Makeba “KEEBS” Rainey — was the perfect pairing against Hollywood’s brightest stars.
Check out all the jaw-dropping photos in the gallery below — and let us know which ones you love the most!
Sean “Diddy” Combs
Bozoma Saint John
Sheryl Lee Ralph
Tina Knowles Lawson
Spike Lee and Tony’s Lewis