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On the Scene: Oprah gets the last word at the 'Essence' Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon

In the midst of the Hollywood awards season, the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon is a welcome departure from the scripted formalities of awards speeches. Everyone already knows who is being honored, so there’s no pressure, and the guests are just happy to be there to support their peers and idols. Held Thursday over a long lunch in the elegant Beverly Hills Hotel, the 2013 honorees were: Oprah Winfrey, Alfre Woodard, Mara Brock Akil (Girlfriends), Gabrielle Union, Naomie Harris (Skyfall), and Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild).

The crowded red carpet had the feel of a happy high school reunion — with Naomi Campbell, Blair Underwood, Ava DuVernay, and Kelly Rowland. But the excitement about Oprah kept everyone anchored and thrilled. “People respond to truth. She owns her body, she owns her truth,” said Tamera Mowry-Housley. David Oyelowo (LincolnMiddle of Nowhere) told EW, “Oprah means the world to me.” Having just come off of filming The Butler with Winfrey, he added: “She’s become a great friend and a great mentor. She’s just a wonderful, wonderful human being. It’s a real privilege to be here.”

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Watch the 'Essence' Black Women in Hollywood red carpet -- VIDEO

If you’re in the mood to add a little glam to your Thursday, you’re in luck. Essence magazine is about to kick off its annual Black Women in Hollywood event and you can watch the stars walk the red carpet. Honorees for the 6th annual event include Oprah, Gabrielle Union, Quvenzhane Wallis, Alfre Woodard, Mara Brock Akil (showrunner/producer of The Game and Girlfriends), and Naomie Harris (Skyfall).

Check out the livestream of the event’s red carpet below to catch a parade of stars like Michael Ealy, Sanaa Lathan, Tracee Ellis Ross, Meagan Good, Common, and many more, starting at 2:30 ET.

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'Parks and Rec': The rotating bachelor party

Image Credit: Colleen Hayes/NBC

Ben and Leslie’s storybook wedding is fast approaching, but you know what comes first, right? The bachelor party! Ben’s not really the Vegas type, so there weren’t any Hangover-esque shenanigans; instead, the boys stayed in for a night of beer and board games (Settlers of Catan, to be precise). At least, that’s how the night started out. Tom insisted they up the ante with a few drinks at Essence — Things Magazine‘s “Next Big Thing” — where they each revealed that none of them had experienced a real bachelor party. Here’s why:

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