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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actress Kerry Washington attends the 7th annual ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood luncheon at Beverly Hills Hotel on February 27, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

Red Carpet Recap: Essence's 'Black Women in Hollywood' Luncheon [Photos]

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Yesterday (Feb. 27), our favorite brown Vixens made their way to the 7th annual Essence's "Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon" at the Beverly Hilton. All of the beautiful ladies--including a very pregnant Kerry Washington (above)--came dress in their finest threads, igniting spring fever in all of us. Winners of the night included Lupita Nyong'o, who snagged the "Breakthrough Performance of the Year" honor.

Let's just hope she gets to add an Oscar to her trophy case this weekend. Keep reading to see who else was spotted at the annual celebration.

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Tatyana Ali- Essence Black Women in Hollywood

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Michael Ealy- Essence Black Women in Hollywood

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Melissa De Sousa- Essence Black Women in Hollywood

Melissa De Sousa

Mara Brock Akil- Essence Black Women in Hollywood

Mara Brock Akil

Lynn Whitfield- Essence Black Women in Hollywood

Lynn Whitfield

Lupita Nyong'o- Essence Black Women in Hollywood

Lupita Nyong'o

Laz Alonso- Essence Black Women in Hollywood

Laz Alonso

Laila Ali- Essence Black Women in Hollywood

Laila Ali

Joy Bryant- Essence Black Women in Hollywood

Joy Bryant

Danielle Brooks- Essence Black Women in Hollywood

Danielle Brooks

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Danai Gurira

Common- Essence Black Women in Hollywood

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