12:41 PM EDT 04/13/2013
Originally posted 02/21/2013 01:00PM
Before the Oscars honor the best in film on Sunday, ESSENCE is celebrating the achievements of Black women in film and television.
Beginning at 2:30 Thursday, the magazine will hold its sixth annual Black Women in Hollywood Awards Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel, where six exemplary women in Hollywood will be honored, and you can watch the action live here.
This year's honorees are Oprah Winfrey, Alfre Woodard, Gabrielle Union, Mara Brock Akil, Naomie Harris and Quvenzhané Wallis.
Originally posted 10/23/2012 06:00AM
Sarah Jessica Parker and True Blood's Alfre Woodard stepped out in Cincinnati on Saturday to campaign for President Barack Obama – but Parker managed to squeeze in a little shopping, too.
The actresses – who were encouraging women to vote in the upcoming election – stopped into Sloane Boutique in Over-the-Rhine, Ohio.
"Sarah was so nice and so pleasant to be around," the boutique's owner tells PEOPLE. "Very humble and very down-to-earth."
The I Don't Know How She Does It actress tried on Veda leather jackets and bought some bracelets for her twin daughters, Loretta and Tabitha.
"She told me she couldn't wait to come back and shop again," the boutique owner added.
– Emily Strohm
Originally posted 07/06/2012 10:45AM
The 1989 movie that helped make Julia Roberts a star is getting a makeover.
A new version of playwright Robert Harling's stage-to-screen dramedy Steel Magnolias is geared up as a Lifetime TV movie to air in the fall – but the cable network is already previewing the tear-jerker on its website. Watch the trailer below (and have the Kleenex ready).
This time, the women at the core of the Southern story, set in the fictional Louisiana town of Chinquapin, will be played by African Americans: Queen Latifah as M'Lynn, Alfre Woodard as Ouiser, Phylicia Rashad as Clairee, Adepero Oduye as Annelle, and Condola Rashad, the Tony-nominated, real-life daughter of Phylicia, as Shelby.
Originally posted 12/09/2009 09:50AM
Young Hollywood welcomes its newest member: Mavis Spencer, daughter of Golden Globe winner Alfre Woodard and writer/producer Roderick Spencer, who was named Miss Golden Globe 2010 Tueday night in Los Angeles.
"I'm very new to this, it's very surreal right now," Spencer, 18, told PEOPLE at the Golden Globe Awards Party Honoring Young Hollywood.
Chimed in Woodard, 57: "I told Mavis, it's just like your Grandma's cocktail party, find someone who is interesting and have a chat."
"She really is a Renaissance woman," mom continued to gush. "She is a nationally ranked equestrian, she's a show jumper, she's a Shakespeare savant, and she's a beautiful actor."
– Michelle Ward
Originally posted 02/15/2005 06:00AM
Uma Thurman's life seems glamorous – movie premieres (such as for Be Cool, her film with John Travolta, opening March 4), fabulous clothes, jet-setting vacations. But really, she's another single working mom trying to balance career and kids. "It's really, really hard," she says. "Actually, my ex-husband (Ethan Hawke) said to me the other day that I clearly was someone who wanted to be a full-time mother, and still wanted to be an actress, and that I kept insisting I could do it, but I couldn't. I try to give all of myself." And if a job's not in her hometown, fuhgeddaboutit. "Whatever parts I may have played around the world, I don't even know what they were, because New York City was the only location that I was going to work in this year. And I don't know how long I can do that – it's a very difficult balance," she says. "I don't want to quit, I love what I do. It's just something I'm fighting for, to try to find a way to keep my foot in the business satisfactorily and still be creative and stimulated, and take care of my children."
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