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Zendaya, Andra Day, & More Stun at Essence Event - See Every Red Carpet Photo!

The Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards event is streaming tonight (April 22) and photos from the pre-taped event have been released!

Zendaya looked gorgeous while walking her first red carpet in over a year and Oscar nominee Andra Day also made an in-person appearance for the awards show.

Other attendees included Laverne Cox, Leslie Jones, Storm Reid, and “Me Too” founder Tarana Burke.

Zendaya and Andra are both honorees at the event alongside Whoopi Goldberg, Cynthia Erivo, and Michaela Coel. The show is being hosted by Laverne and Storm is hosting the pre-show. Leslie and Tarana are two of the evening’s presenters!

Make sure to watch the show on and Essence Studios.

Click inside to see every red carpet look… More Here! »

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Laverne Cox Didn't Expect to Fall in Love Amid Quarantine - Watch! (Video)

Laverne Cox is opening up about unexpectedly falling in love!

The 48-year-old Orange Is the New Black actress made an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday (January 28).

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Laverne Cox

During her appearance, Laverne opened up about finding love in 2020 and talked candidly about dating as a trans woman, explaining that she wasn’t expecting to find love in quarantine during the pandemic.

She also spoke about her upcoming podcast, The Laverne Cox Show, the documentary she executive produced about trans representation, Disclosure, and her hopes for the Biden-Harris administration.

Plus, she also talked about why her appearance on the Ellen Original Series, Fearless with Ashley Graham, was a highlight of her life.

She recently dropped out of a controversial new film – find out why.

Laverne Cox Didn’t Expect to Fall in Love in Quarantine

Laverne Cox Drops Out of Controversial New Film

Laverne Cox is exiting a controversial project about sex work.

The Emmy-nominated actress was attached to co-executive produce Sarah Jones‘s upcoming documentary Sell/Buy/Date alongside fellow stars Meryl Streep and Rashida Jones.

A press release published by The Hollywood Reporter says the film addresses whether sex work is exploitative or empowering, as well as the sex industry’s impact on “Black and brown women in particular.”

Members of the sex work community criticized the film for not directly involving sex workers in the production process. Laverne responded to one user’s comment that the project represented “everything [she is] supposedly against” by announcing that she had decided to exit the film in order to protect her mental health amid the backlash.

“I am not in an emotional place to deal with the outrage by some around my participation in this project,” she tweeted. “So I have decided to pull out. To be clear, I am no longer involved in any capacity in ['Sell/Buy/Date.']”

In November, Laverne opened up about being the target of a transphobic attack – read more here.

Laverne Cox Reveals She & Friend Were Targets of Transphobic Attack

Laverne Cox is luckily okay after being targeted in a transphobic attack.

The 48-year-old Orange is the New Black actress took to her Instagram to reveal that she and a friend were targeted in an “aggressive” transphobic attack while walking in Griffith Park in Los Angeles.

Laverne explained that she and her friend were walking when a man came up to the friend and “aggressively” asked what time it was before asking, “Guy or girl?”.

The friend told the man to “f–k off,” which then triggered the man to start hitting her friend.

“The guy is like hitting my friend, and then my friend is going toward him and I’m like ‘Holy s–t,” Laverne said. “I pull out my phone and I call to dial 911, and all of a sudden it’s over and the guy is gone.”

Luckily Laverne and her friend weren’t physically injured.

While reflecting on the incident, Laverne said that she believes the man wanted her to answer his question instead of her friend.

“The guy really wanted me to answer so that he could spook whether I’m trans or not,” Laverne said. “I don’t know why, I don’t know why it matters. At the end of the day, it’s like who cares? I’m in a hoodie and yoga pants, I’m completely covered up, I’ve got my mask on. Who cares if I’m trans? How does this affect your life?”

She added: “This dude was looking for trouble…because I happened to be a trans person in public. None of this is new, but it’s still just kind of like…why do you need to be aggressive?”

“I started blaming myself. We were walking in the park. We weren’t doing anything,” Laverne shared. It’s important to remind myself and remind you that when these things happen, it’s not your fault…that there are people not cool with you existing in the world.”

Laverne also opened up about harsh reality about transphobia.

“It’s not safe in the world,” she said. “I don’t like to think about that a lot, but it is the truth and it is not safe if you’re a trans person.”

Laverne also shared a message with fans to be “aware of your surroundings” and know that “it’s not your fault” if an incident like hers happens to them.

“It’s not your fault that there are people not cool with you existing in the world,” Laverne said. “We have a right to walk in the park.”

Laverne Cox, Paris Hilton, & More Glam Ladies Presented at the American Music Awards 2020

Laverne Cox and Paris Hilton both look so glamorous on the red carpet at the 2020 American Music Awards, which is airing on Sunday (November 22) and taking place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

The ladies were among the presenters at the annual awards show. Some more presenters, pictured here in the photo gallery, included Kristin Cavallari, Selena actress Christian Serratos, and The Bachelorette star Tayshia Adams.

Make sure to check out the full list of winners from the awards show!

FYI: Laverne is wearing a Michael Costello dress and Nancy Newberg jewelry. Paris is wearing a Valdrin Sahiti dress. Kristin is wearing a The Attico dress and Stuart Weitzman shoes. Christian is wearing a Tom Ford dress and Forevermark jewelry.

20+ pictures inside of the women on the red carpet and on stage… More Here! »

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Carey Mulligan's 'Promising Young Woman' to Get Theatrical Release on Christmas Day!

The highly anticipated movie Promising Young Woman was supposed to be released in theaters back in April and now the film has finally been given a new release date!

The new film, starring Carey Mulligan, will hit theaters on Christmas Day, December 25, 2020.

Here is the film’s synopsis: Everyone said Cassie (Mulligan) was a promising young woman… until a mysterious event abruptly derailed her future. But nothing in Cassie’s life is what it appears to be: she’s wickedly smart, tantalizingly cunning, and she’s living a secret double life by night. Now, an unexpected encounter is about to give Cassie a chance to right the wrongs of the past in this thrilling and wildly entertaining story.

Promising Young Woman was written and directed by Emerald Fennell, who was the showrunner for season two of Killing Eve.

Starring alongside Carey are Bo Burnham, Laverne Cox, Alison Brie, Connie Britton, Jennifer Coolidge, Max Greenfield, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chris Lowell, Sam Richardson, Molly Shannon, and Clancy Brown.

Watch the new trailer below!

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Here's What the Emmy Awards Censored During Laverne Cox's Speech

Laverne Cox was censored at the 2020 Emmy Awards.

The Orange is the New Black actress took to the stage during the virtual ceremony on Sunday (September 20) to present the award for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series.

“Good evening everyone,” Laverne started. “I am living proof of the American dream that anyone in this country can lose the Emmy four years in the same category and yet somehow end up on this stage presenting an award to someone who probably didn’t …”

At that point, Laverne‘s mic was cut off and viewers missed a few seconds of what she was saying.

“What happens to an American dream deferred?” Laverne then continued. “Does it shrivel up like a raisin in the sun? Stick to the script Laverne, stick to the script. And now here are the nominees for Writing in a Drama Series.”

Despite not being presented live, the Television Academy released the clip of Laverne‘s presentation, revealing what she said in those few seconds.

According to their footage – which you can see below – Laverne said “presenting an award to someone who probably didn’t effing vote for me.”

Laverne literally said “effing” – she didn’t actually use the curse word. As of right now, it’s unclear why the sound was cut from her speech for that brief moment.

FYI: Laverne is wearing a Kim Kassas Couture look.