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Uzo Aduba & Laverne Cox Wow at 'Essence' Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon

Uzo Aduba and Laverne Cox hit the carpet in style while arriving at the 2015 Annual Essence Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon held at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on Thursday (February 19) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The ladies were joined by their Orange is the New Black co-stars Danielle Brooks, Samira Wiley, and Vicky Jeudy.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Uzo Aduba

Also attending the event were Chanel Iman, Kelly Rowland, Shonda Rhimes, and Black-ish actress Tracee Ellis Ross.

FYI: Laverne is wearing a Theory top and Whistles skirt. Uzo is wearing a LK Bennett dress, Stuart Weitzman shoes, a Rodo clutch, and Kwiat jewels. Chanel is wearing a Jonathan Simkhai dress, Melissa Kaye Jewelry earrings and Graziela Gems and EF Collection rings.

10+ pictures inside of Uzo Aduba, Laverne Cox, and more at the Essence luncheon… More Here! »

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Anna Kendrick & Jeremy Jordan Get Raves for 'Last Five Years'

Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan walk the red carpet together at the premiere of their new movie musical The Last Five Years on Wednesday (February 11) at the Arclight in Hollywood.

The co-stars were joined by their director Richard LaGravenese, Scandal actress Bellamy Young, How to Get Away With Murder‘s Jack Falahee, Glee‘s Harry Shum Jr., Orange Is the New Black‘s Samira Wiley with girlfriend Lauren Morelli, and Jeremy‘s Smash co-star Krysta Rodriguez.

Anna and Jeremy are getting some rave reviews for their performances in the movie, which is in select theaters and on VOD this Friday!

Kendrick and Jordan work miracles, giving glorious voice to their roles in performances that brim over with humor, heart and ravishing romance,” Rolling Stone‘s review said. We agree!

Listen to a sampler of the soundtrack, on sale now, below.


The Last Five Years (Official Album Sampler) – Anna Kendrick & Jeremy Jordan

FYI: Anna is wearing a Vionnet dress, Jimmy Choo shoes and Jack Vartanian jewels.

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Samira Wiley Gets the Support of Danielle Brooks as She Wins Ingenue of the Year at Out100 2014

Samira Wiley looks pretty in colors while arriving at Out100 2014 presented by Buick on Thursday evening (November 20) in New York City.

The 27-year-old Orange is the New Black actress won the Ingenue of the Year award at the event.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Samira Wiley

Also at the big bash was Samira‘s girlfriend Lauren Morelli and her co-star Danielle Brooks along with Zachary Quinto, Thor actress Jaimie Alexander, and singer Mary Lambert.

“Just got my nails done for the night. @MrLuisHairNails be coming through,” Danielle tweeted before the event.

FYI: Danielle is wearing French Connection with Ivy Kirzhner boots. Samira is wearing a Graziela Gems earrings and bangle.

15+ pictures inside of Samira Wiley, Danielle Brooks, and more at Out100More Here! »

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Ellen Page, Zachary Quinto, & More Honored as 'Out' Magazine's OUT100 Cover Stars

Ellen Page, Zachary Quinto, Sam Smith, and Samira Wiley are this year’s OUT100 cover stars!

The four entertainers spoke with the magazine about their experiences:

Ellen, on actors being closeted in Hollywood: “No one’s ever been so direct as to say, ‘You’re gay, so we’re gonna hide it. But there’s an unspoken thing going on. [People] believe it’s the right thing to do for your career. They don’t realize it’s eroding your soul. It was eventually about me being like, Wait, why am I listening to that? At what point did I let those things become important?”

Zachary, on not forgetting the past: “I think there’s a tremendous sense of complacency in the LGBT community. AIDS has lost the edge of horror it possessed when it swept through the world in the ‘80s. Today’s generation sees it more as something to live with and something to be much less fearful of. And that comes with a sense of, dare I say, laziness.”

Sam, on influencing others: “My main aim is to tell people how good it’s been for me so that, hopefully, gay men or parents with gay children can look at my story and think, Wow, that’s how it should be. That’s what we can work towards.”

Samira, on wanting to inspire: “I grew up in the church. I have seen my parents inspire people and give them hope and faith most of my life. I feel like I’ve always wanted to have my work be some sort of ministry, because that’s what my parents do and that’s the only word I have for it.”

For more from the foursome, visit Out.com.

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Samira Wiley Talks 'Orange is the New Black' & Her New Found Fame to 'Maniac Magazine'

Samira Wiley gets wild and fun for the cover of Maniac magazine’s October 2014 issue.

Here’s what the 27-year-old actress had to share with the mag:

On wanting to be an actress: “I’ve known I wanted to be an actress my whole life. As long as I’ve known that acting was a thing that existed and you could get paid to do it, I wanted to do it.”

On her new found fame: “You know, I always loved talking to people, and just being out in the world and getting someone to like me through my own personality.”

On the appeal of Orange is the New Black: “Because of the way the show’s episodes are released all at once on Netflix, people can decide how they want to consume it, which gives them a sense of ownership over it.”

For more from Samira, visit ManiacMagazine.com.

'Orange is the New Black' Writer Lauren Morelli Divorces Her Husband & Begins Dating Poussey Actress Samira Wiley

Orange is the New Black writer Lauren Morelli is divorcing her husband and is now dating Samira Wiley, who plays the beloved character of Poussey on the hit show, Us Weekly reports.

Lauren recently came out in an essay for Identities.Mic a few months back, where she talked about the realization that she was homosexual even though she was married to a man.

“I realized I was gay in fall 2012, one of my first days on the set,” Lauren wrote. “It wasn’t so much one thing, but the sum of many small details: how uncomfortable I felt around groups of lesbians or how I considered myself (shrug) a “not very sexual person.” When considered alone, these seemed like little quirks that made me me. Wanting to read a book instead of have sex is a perfectly reasonable preference to have, right?”

“I was finally forced to consider a question that had never, ever occurred to me before: Holy sh*t, am I gay?,” Lauren added.

Lauren and Samira have posted just a few pictures on social media together – they reportedly hit the 2014 Emmys together and were seen dancing and holding hands.

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Laverne Cox & Natasha Lyonne Leave the Orange at Home for the Emmys 2014 Red Carpet!

Laverne Cox looks angelic in white at the 2014 Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday (August 25) in Los Angeles.

The 30-year-old actress was joined by her Orange is the New Black co-stars Natasha Lyonne and Samira Wiley.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Laverne Cox

Both Laverne and Natasha were nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, but lost out to co-star Uzo Aduba.

FYI: Natasha is wearing a custom Opening Ceremony dress, Amanda Pearl clutch, Rupert Sanderson heels, vintage gold choker, Bella Dora bracelets and Vita Fede earrings and ring. Samira is wearing a Christian Siriano dress, an Edie Parker clutch, with Graziela Gems ear cuffs and a EFFY Jewelry ring. Laverne is wearing Fred Leighton jewelry.

10+ pictures inside of Laverne Cox and Natasha Lyonne at the EmmysMore Here! »

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