07:01 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 01/15/2013 11:10AM
Girls just wanna have fun!
Zoë Saldana's pal Gabrielle Union says the newly single actress is doing "great" after her recent split from Bradley Cooper.
"She's awesome," Union, 40, told PEOPLE on the red carpet before hosting the 2013 BET Honors – airing Feb. 11 at 9 p.m – at the Warner Theater in Washington, D.C., on Saturday.
Union – who rang in the New Year with the Words actress in Miami – calls Saldana, 34, "dope" and says the duo has a blast whenever they're together.
Originally posted 01/06/2013 02:00PM
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Originally posted 11/01/2012 06:00AM
Gabrielle Union attended the opening of Hyde American Airlines Arena following the Miami Heat game in Miami on Tuesday.
The Think Like a Man actress – whose boyfriend Dwyane Wade plays for the Heat – sipped Dom Perignon and spent the evening with a group of friends.
"Gabrielle and her friends had an amazing time," an onlooker tells PEOPLE. The girls shared two bottles of champagne as deejay IRIE played hit after hit.
"Gabrielle and her friends even sang along to the music in unison!" the source adds.
– Kevin O'Donnell
Originally posted 10/05/2012 02:30PM
Olivia Wilde is on a mission to ensure that women across the world have the same basic needs met that many take for granted.
The actress joins Eva Mendes, America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Meg Ryan and Gabrielle Union in the Half the Sky Movement, which has teamed with the International Rescue Committee and a number of other non-profit organizations to illuminate issues that affect women globally.
On an eye-opening trip to Kenya with Half the Sky last year, Wilde, 28, visited with the Shining Hope for Communities organization and their Kibera School for Girls.
Originally posted 10/01/2012 09:50AM
With a visit to Sierra Leone, Eva Mendes is helping raise awareness about serious issues affecting girls and women around the world.
Based on the best-selling book by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, the new series Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide introduces Mendes and other stars, including America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union and Olivia Wilde to women and girls living under difficult circumstances, ranging from maternal death to prostitution.
Mendes, 38, kicks off the four-hour series – airing Oct. 1 and 2 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS – with her visit to Sierra Leone, where she meets with activist Amie Kandeh, a survivor of gender-based violence working with the International Rescue Committee to help other survivors toward safe, productive futures.
Originally posted 06/30/2012 04:30PM
If you haven't been clocking in time at the beach like Jennifer Lopez and Halle Berry this summer, there's no need to abandon your California dreams just yet.
Here's Skinnygirl's take on the sea breeze cocktail that will transport you to the sandy shores, one sip at a time.
And at 102 calories, it won't sabotage your beach bod, either.
Originally posted 04/20/2012 04:20PM
There's a funny, snappy film in Think Like a Man, but you have to sit through an hour of product placement to get there.
The product is comedian Steve Harvey's 2009 bestseller Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, an advice tome that would be sexist except for the fact that it treats men like simple mutts in need of training.
The film shows what happens when frustrated girlfriend Kristen (Gabrielle Union), single mom Candace (Regina Hall), executive Lauren (Taraji P. Henson) and bad dater Mya (Meagan Good) use the book's tactics on a group of basketball buddies, with Harvey himself popping up to guide the audience through the book, chapter by chapter.
Originally posted 09/06/2011 10:00AM
Originally posted 07/04/2011 06:00AM
Katie Holmes surprised Tom Cruise, who is in Florida filming Rock of Ages, with a surprise 49th birthday bash at Miami Beach's SoHo Beach House. "Katie planned everything herself," a source tells us. Cruise's three kids – Suri, Connor and Isabella – were all there to celebrate, along with 40 close friends. The bash took place on the roof and inside the private venue, and guests enjoyed pasta, shrimp and other Italian dishes, in addition to chocolate birthday cake. "Katie has been very excited and actually did the RSVPs herself," the source says. "She wanted to be sure everything was just right."
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