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Jessica Williams Says It's a 'Great Time' to Be an Actor of Color

Jessica Williams is enjoying a lot of success these days with the release of her new Netflix movie The Incredible Jessica James and she’s opening up about it being a great time for actors of color.

The 27-year-old actress and comedian, who got her start on The Daily Show, credits Netflix for shaping stories about people of color through shows like Orange Is the New Black and Master of None.

“I think it’s a difficult time in some ways to be a person of color, and I think the same for actors of color, but I also think it’s a great a time,” Jessica told ABC News. “Because I think now … there’s so much more room, I think, for us to be seen, and there’s room for us to create our own stories.”

“It’s like so many black actresses that came before me and my generation,” Jessica said while paying homage to those who came before her and paved the way. “They came before and they did not necessarily have this opportunity that I feel like I have now, and so I’m really grateful for that, and I really do think it’s a really great time to be an actress that is black, in a way.”

Elizabeth Banks & Tracee Ellis Ross Are Honored for Their Excellence at Crystal & Lucy Awards!

Elizabeth Banks and Tracee Ellis Ross walk the carpet while attending the 2017 Crystal + Lucy Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Tuesday (June 13) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The ladies were both honorees at the event. Elizabeth received the Crystal Award for Excellence in Film while Tracee was the recipient of the Lucy Award for Excellence in Television.

Other stars who stepped out to show their support included Lupita Nyong’o, Amy Landecker, Lake Bell, a pregnant Angelique Cabral, Yvette Nicole Brown, Michaela Watkins, Kate Flannery, Janina Gavankar, Logan Browning, and the event’s host Jessica Williams.

FYI: Elizabeth is wearing a Max Mara dress. Tracee is wearing Max Mara. Lupita is wearing a Max Mara jumpsuit, Rupert Sanderson shoes, and H. Stern rings. Lake is wearing Irene Neuwirth jewels. Michaela is carrying a Vince Camuto clutch.

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Celebs Attend Samantha Bee Event Instead of Actual White House Correspondents' Dinner

While there are always celebs at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, there were virtually none there this year due to Donald Trump‘s presidency… so stars went to Samantha Bee‘s Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner instead!

The Full Frontal television personality hosted the event for TBS on Saturday night (April 29) at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.

Some of the celebs in attendance included cute couple Austin Nichols and Chloe Bennet, Ali Larter with husband Hayes MacArthur, Search Party co-stars Alia Shawkat and Meredith Hagner, Orange Is the New Black‘s Alysia Reiner, Top Chef‘s Padma Lakshmi, The Daily Show‘s Jessica Williams, Saturday Night Live‘s Ana Gasteyer, Stranger ThingsCara Buono, director Morgan Spurlock, and Karreuche Tran.

During the event, Will Ferrell got into costume as former President George W. Bush for a funny sketch!

FYI: Samantha is wearing an Altuzarra tuxedo. Padma is wearing a Bibhu Mohapatra gown. Cara is wearing a Cristina Ottaviano dress. Ali is wearing Monica Vinader jewelry. Chloe is wearing a Sylva & Cie ring.

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Jesse Williams Stars In Kenzo 'Music Is My Mistress' Short Film - Watch Teaser!

Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams is not only the face of Kenzo‘s brand new Spring 2017 campaign, he’s also the star of the brand’s upcoming short film titled Music is My Mistress!

The 35-year-old actor along with Tracee Ellis Ross musician Kelsey Lu, who’s featured on Solange‘s album A Seat At the Table, star in the mini fashion film set to premiere on February 20 and will show how “music is much more than mere sound and rhythm. This story casts music herself as the central character of an unfolding drama across cultures, space, and time.”

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Jesse Williams

Pictured: Jesse posing with Kenzo creative director Humberto Leon at the premiere of KENZO Presents: Music Is My Mistress held at The Underground Museum on Thursday (February 9) in Los Angeles.

Also in attendance at the premiere was Grace Gummer, Spike Jonze, Sasha Lane, Alia Shawkat, Ali Wong, Lykke Li, Karen O, Twin Shadow, Avan Jogia, Amandla Stenberg, Jessica Williams and Kristina Bazan.

Check out the trailer for Music Is My Mistress, a film by Kahlil Joseph, below!


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Zoey Deutch & Mom Lea Thompson Are Power Women at Sundance!

Zoey Deutch and her mom Lea Thompson pose for a cute photo while attending a 2017 Sundance Film Festival luncheon celebrating films powered by women!

The 22-year-old actress, who has two movies at the festival this year, co-hosted the lunch alongside Glamour‘s Cindi Leive, Girlgaze‘s Amanda de Cadenet, and actresses Salma Hayek, Jessica Williams, and Alfre Woodard. The event took place on Tuesday (January 24) in Park City, Utah.

Some of the other women in attendance at the event included Elle Fanning, Shirley MacLaine, Michaela Watkins, Michelle Morgan, Sanaa Lathan, and Zoey‘s Before I Fall director Ry Russo-Young.

Zoey spoke to WWD at the festival to explain how doing press there is so much different than for other movies.

“Generally when you are doing movie press, you are holed up in a room and you don’t see sunlight for 13 hours and this is so beautiful,” she said while looking out a window at the snowy scenery.

FYI: Zoey is wearing an A.L.C. sweater and pants.

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Danielle Brooks Performed at Christian Siriano's Wedding! (Video)

Danielle Brooks and Uzo Aduba pose for a photo together while attending the Glamour x Facebook Luncheon on Monday (July 11) in New York City.

The Orange Is the New Black co-stars were joined at the event by Hamilton‘s Renee Elise Goldsberry, Jessica Williams, Zoe Kazan, Morgan Saylor, Katie Couric, and Glamour editor-in-chief Cindi Leive.

Over the weekend, Danielle capped off the ceremony at Christian Siriano‘s wedding with a performance of Rihanna‘s “Drunk On Love.” Watch a clip below!

“We were both bowled over by Danielle Brooks‘ performance — the entire wedding party was in tears before the ceremony even started,” Christian and his husband Brad Walsh told Brides.com.

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FYI: Danielle is wearing an Eloquii outfit and a Chelsea Leifken clutch.

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Jessica Williams Has Tearful 'Daily Show' Farewell - Watch!

Jessica Williams said her final goodbye to The Daily Show last night (June 30) and things got a little emotional.

“We tried to put together all of your greatest moments but the truth is no one show can do them justice,” host Trevor Noah told the 26-year-old comedian.

Jessica inked another deal with Comedy Central this year, and will be working on a new pilot, which she will star in, write and produce.

“Thank you for having me. It’s been (sur)real,” Jessica captioned with her Instagram post. “Sad to leave the show & all lubed up for what’s next #eatcraylove #dailyshow #throwback.”


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