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Ava DuVernay Discusses Inclusion Riders at 'Queen Sugar' Panel at PaleyFest 2018

Ava DuVernay spoke about inclusiveness and inclusion riders during a Queen Sugar panel discussion at 2018 Paleyfest on Saturday afternoon (March 24) at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

The executive producer opened up about Frances McDormand referencing inclusion riders during her Oscars acceptance speech.

“I was overjoyed to hear Frances say that. She didn’t have to, and to utter those words on an international stage and to dig into those things that many of us have been working on for a while,” she said.

“Luckily we’re on OWN, and everything that we do, from the offices to our sets really reflects different kinds of cultures,” she said of Queen Sugar.

Pictured below: Dondre Whitfield, Rutina Wesley, Kofi Siriboe, Ava DuVernay, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Bianca Lawson and Kat Candler attend the Queen Sugar panel discussion at the Dolby Theatre on Saturday (March 24) in Hollywood.

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OITNB's Laverne Cox, Danielle Brooks, & Samira Wiley Glam Up for NAACP Image Awards 2018

Laverne Cox, Danielle Brooks, and Samira Wiley are all glammed up for the red carpet at the 2018 NAACP Image Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Monday (January 15) in Pasadena, Calif.

Danielle was nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on Orange Is the New Black while Samira, who used to star on the Netflix series, was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for The Handmaid’s Tale.

Also in attendance were Samira‘s wife Lauren Morelli, a writer on Orange.

Brother and sister Jussie Smollett and Jurnee Smollett-Bell walked the carpet together and other stars at the show included Sonequa Martin-Green, Rutina Wesley, and Bianca Lawson.

FYI: Laverne is wearing an Abyss by Abby dress, Stuart Weitzman shoes, a Lilian Afshar clutch, and jewelry by BaubleBar and H. Stern. Danielle is wearing a Michael Costello dress, Shoes of Prey shoes, Lane Bryant underpinnings, an Amanda Pearl clutch and jewelry, and Samira 13 jewelry. Samira is wearing a Romona Keveza dress, Marli New York diamond earrings and ring, and a Dvani black diamond bracelet. Sonequa is wearing a Dior dress. Bianca is wearing a Needle & Thread dress. Jurnee is wearing a Costarellos gown with Sophia Webster heels.

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True Blood's Rutina Wesley Engaged to Girlfriend Chef Shonda!

True Blood actress Rutina Wesley has announced her engagement to her girlfriend Chef Shonda, a New Orleans-based culinary expert, in a series of Instagram photos!

The 38-year-old Queen Sugar star posted a photo that read, “Overthinking is the biggest cause of our unhappiness. Keep yourself occupied. Keep your mind off things that don’t help you.” Scrolling through the post, you’ll see pics of the couple together. The final photo lands on an image of an engagement ring. Congratulations to the couple!

Rutina was previously married to Jacob Fishel, but they split up back in 2013.

Taraji P. Henson Joins Anthony Anderson at Black Girls Rock! Awards

Taraji P. Henson jokes around with actor Anthony Anderson as they hit the red carpet at the 2017 Black Girls Rock! Awards on Saturday night (August 5) at the NJPAC Center in Newark, New Jersey.

The stars were joined at the event by fellow actors Issa Rae, Rutina Wesley, Skai Jackson, Yara Shahidi, and Dascha Polanco along with musicians Sza and Ne-Yo and Olympic fencer Ibtihaj-Muhammad.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Taraji P. Henson

The event is created by Beverly Bond back in 2006 and honors Black women who are trailblazers, change makers, or dynamos in their respective fields.

FYI: Taraji is wearing a David Koma dress. Skai is wearing an Ong Oaj Pairam dress, Stuart Weitzman shoes, and Joely Rae jewelry. Dascha is wearing a Tome dress. Yara is wearing an Elie Saab dress. Issa is wearing John Hardy jewelry and carrying an Edie Parker clutch.

10+ pictures inside of the stars arriving at the event…

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Viola Davis Is Honored by Denzel Washington at BET's Black Film Festival Honors

Viola Davis poses backstage with Denzel Washington after accepting the Hollywood Legacy Award during BET’s American Black Film Festival Honors on Friday (February 18) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The actors were joined at the event by their Fences co-stars Jovan Adepo and Saniyya Sidney.

Other stars who attended the event included Viola‘s How to Get Away with Murder mom Cicely Tyson, Queen Latifah, Common, Pitch‘s Kylie Bunbury, Insecure‘s Issa Rae and Jay Ellis, Empire‘s Grace Gealey and Trai Byers, True Blood‘s Rutina Wesley, Famous in Love‘s Keith Powers, The Flash‘s Candice Patton, Grey’s Anatomy‘s Isaiah Washington, RootsAnika Noni Rose, Hidden FiguresAldis Hodge, BeachesNia Long, Dope‘s Kiersey Clemons, and When the Bough BreaksRegina Hall.

FYI: Viola is wearing a Michael Kors Collection gown. Queen is wearing a Randi Rahm dress. Kylie is wearing a Solace London dress.

45+ pictures inside from the star-studded event… More Here! »

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