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Honoree Tracee Ellis Ross Gets Video Message From Michelle Obama At WIF Awards + Kerry Washington Serves Up Flawlessness At Forbes Women's Summit


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Girl power! Tracee Ellis Ross and Kerry Washington were all about women empowerment at two separate events last night. Get the deets on what the YBF actresses were up to inside….


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We love this face on her.

Tracee Ellis Ross had several reasons to show off her pearly whites at the 2017 Women In Film 2017 Crystal + Lucy Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel yesterday.

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Well,there's at least two huge reasons.

1). The “black•ish” starlet, styling in a Max Mara #PreFall17 shirred skirt and knit top, was honored with an award named for Lucille Ball, one of her biggest influcences on her career.

2). Former First Lady Michelle Obama showered her with praise in a pre-recorded clip that played before she accepted the award.“Your character on ‘Black-ish,’ Bow, is an inspiration for folks all across this country,” Mrs. Obama said in the clip. “Thank you for using your voice to change so many lives.”

Ugh, we would die!

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After getting all misty-eyed, Tracee went on with her acceptance speech sharing with the audience that “to be a part of reshaping what it is to be a modern woman through the face and being-ness of a joyful black woman is really special.”

She continued,

“The women I saw on TV helped me to feel empowered, strong, joyful, bold, free, equal and human. [They] not only pointed me in that direction, but they pointed me in my direction. I didn’t get here by accident […] I found parts of me in all these women. I’ve said it before, but I just feel like it bears repeating: Women are not defined by who we are in relationship to, we are valuable and powerful and entertaining just because we are.”

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Tracee’s friend/”The Talk” co-host Aisha Tyler was privileged with presenting our fave the award.

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More powerful women at the event....

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Upcoming Black Panther star Lupita Nyong’o made sure she was front-and-center for the women empowerment event, rocking a two-tone Max Mara jumpsuit with a chiffon top.

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She presented director Mira Nair with the BMW Dorothy Arzner Directors Award.

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Other notables at the event...

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“The Daily Show” actress Jessica Williams, “Dear White People” actress Logan Browning and “DC Super Hero Girls” star Yvette Nicole Brown were also in the mix:

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Congrats Tracee!

At another event for fabulous women...

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Does Kerry Washington ever have a bad red carpet ensemble?  Not yet.

Last night, the “Scandal” actress wowed on the carpet at the 2017 Forbes Women's Summit held at Spring Studios in NYC. The four-time EMMY nominated actress kept it stylish in a flirty Lela Rose frock from the brand’s Spring 2017 collection.

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Before hitting the panel, Kerry snapped it up with Moira Forbes, EVP of Forbes Media and Publisher of ForbesWoman.

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For the panel discussion, TV personality Tamron Hall, author Janet Mock, and President of Planned Parenthood Cecile Richards spoke before an audience of women.

The ladies also had some fun snapping flicks together: 

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Selfie game strong.

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#BlackGirlMagic in full effect.


Photos: Getty/Tracee's IG/Lupita's IG/Tamron's IG

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