Rapper Ludacris cut a dashing figure at the at the ESSENCE Black Women in Music event in West Hollywood last nght.

Actress Gabrielle Union showed off her small curves at the ESSENCE Black Women in Music event at the Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood yesterday.

Actress Taraji P. Henson (L) and recording artist/actress Mary J. Blige attended the ESSENCE Black Women in Music event at the Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood last night.

MORE pics after the break!


Singer Melanie Fiona, right, posed with EVP of Universal Records Sylvia Rhone.


Actress Tatyana Ali (Fresh Prince of Bel Aire) attended the the ESSENCE Black Women in Music event in West Hollywood last night.


Some of you might not be familiar with one of the biggest voices in R&B music, the Diva Kelly Price. So click HERE.


Photos: Wireimage/Getty

  • Cinderella

    Everyone looks great minus Taraji's ugly dress

  • CWhatsHerFace

    MARY MARY MARY! Girl you are so beautiful! :yes:

  • CWhatsHerFace

    MARY MARY MARY! Girl you are so beautiful! :yes:

  • FloridaChick813

    That damn Luda is tooooo sexy when he throws on a suit.. Damn I love that grown man swag!!! :heart:

    Taraji looks like she started the party earlier :koolaid:

    Melanie Fiona is beautiful!!!!!!! No homo, but I really LOVE this chick!!!

    Kelly Price!!!!! Where you been girl????? Lord knows she can SANG!

    ...you shoudlv'e told me I wasnt small enough, you shouldv'e told me I didnt call enough... :whistle:

  • msnicole

    Everyone looks good, but Melanie's dress has GOT to go, its ugly as hell

  • LaTechGrad02

    Did Taraji put her dress on backwards? I miss Kelly Price, 'Friend of Mine' was the jam.

  • Redeemed777

    I wonder if Mary J wishes she had never gotten that cross tattoo.

  • Tasha

    I see there is stars that came out that we haven't seen in awhile..I use to jam to Kelly Price all the time! I hope she comes out with another CD ASAP!

  • Anna

    I have not seen Tatyana look this good in a while and yes Taraji started the :party: before the event.

  • missy

    *pops back in*

    Taraji looks Fab to me

    Kelly looks like she got a "Jay Leno" Chin....

    Tatyana-looks sick....

    That is all

  • OutsidetheBox

    Look at The Voice (Kelly)! I still listen to KP. My girls loveee her music.

    That a good shape for square body Gabby but it shouldve been a little more nipped in at the waist...I guess its off the rack though.

    Look at Taraji's lips! I love wearing red lipstick...warning though: if you have luscious lips, its a white man magnet. So beware...

  • Anna

    msnicole Says:

    Everyone looks good, but Melanie’s dress has GOT to go, its ugly as hell
    ~
    Her dress looks like a potato sack with a ribbon.

  • Anna

    Mary J's expresstion is "I did not want to have to pose with this child, but please Lord help me make the most of it. :lol:

  • FloridaChick813

    msnicole Says:

    Everyone looks good, but Melanie’s dress has GOT to go, its ugly as hell
    _______________

    I have to agree, I hate the dress

  • PAHairston

    Good morning all, nice photos, love me some Mary J, that lady has plenty of talent and class. We saw her grow right before our eyes!!! Tatyana, still beautiful but her eyes look troubled and her smile strained, or maybe she just smoked a joint. Peace.

  • Daisy

    For some reason I like Melanies dress its different

    MJB WORK BISH!!

    Luda is looking right w/his cute short self!

  • Jewelry

    Kelly looks horrible and homely...never really felt her music...and her and Luda are killing me with the oversized facial features. I know they cannot help this unfortunate flaw to their overall appearance...just sayin' that it throws off their looks. Is Kelly preggos??? She should not pose in such a manner...it does not become her.

    Love Taraji soooooooooooooo much!!!!!!!!!!!

    Mary looks nice. Not really a fan!

    Gabrielle's dress looks horrible from the front (dress is ill fitted from the front)...kinda frumpy...it looks nice from the back...but purple is def her color.

    ...again Tatyana is another has been who needs to build a bridge and get over it. Find a real job. No more Ashley Banks roles for ya...this new one on TV One will soon flop all over the place. Go away!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/LaydeeJustice LadyJustice *\o/*

    OMG I DIDNT EVEN RECOGNIZE KELLY!

  • http://createspace.com/3393054 iscream

    I wonder what Taraji and MJB were laughing at sure looks funny. :shrug:

    MJB yall style stay on point.

  • msnicole

    @ Jewelry

    Awww, I thought Kelly looked nice. All she needs is a little makeup, because her skin is nice and clear.

    Luda's not my cup of tea, but he always looks handsome.

  • mirsmommy

    Get it Luda!!!

    Work Bish (c) Daisy Mae for MJB!!!! :clap: I :heart: Mary.

    Taraji, Taraji, Taraji :nono: I see you got that Ghostface Killah look goin on.

    I'm not really feelin Melanie Fiona's dress, but then again, I kinda am fellin it a little. Maybe because it's different.

    Tatyana looks better than she has been lookin.

    Go Kelly. Can we get another album, single, something???

  • http://twitter.com/LaydeeJustice LadyJustice *\o/*

    ashley banks still looks the same. awww

    luda is looking FINE!

    taraji look like sombody grandma

  • missy

    I retact my statemnt about Taraji looking FAB her make-up looks good that dress isn't my fav.

  • http://waiting2xhale.webs.com Sugahoneyicetea

    I think Luda is my new man can u say FIONE especially since he cut them wack azz braids off... all the ladies look lovely

  • SangriaSugar

    Not a fan of Taraji's dress and she looks like she was having a good time before she hit the carpet.

    @FloridaChick :cosign: about Luda

    I love Melanie but am I the only one that thinks her dress looks like it was made by a Project Runway contestant.

  • wilcoxgirl05

    Luda look good so does everyone else. I didn't even know Tatyana Ali had a new show on TV1,

  • msnicole

    @Anna
    Her dress looks like a potato sack with a ribbon.
    ------------
    ROTFL... and that ribbon looks like it was made out of a Hefty garbage bag.

  • chase

    Ok now ya gonna make me download kelly price on i tunes...

    I agree w/ the majority...

  • http://chokolatemilk.blogspot.com Choco

    Luda is grown and sexy, Tati looks really pretty, Taraji's dress is annoying and lately that hair of hers and she does look HAPPY??? MJB regal beauty minus the arm tat and Kelly looks normal? Oh my Gabby needs a new stylist or makeup artist she's been looking dusty lately....

  • Daisy

    @Mirs we agree about Mels dress

    The designers on Proj runway made some HAWT garments from pot. Sacks last week!

  • Jewelry

    @msnicole

    Yes...I agree...some make-up would have done her some justice. When your facial features are over-sized, you have to tone them down with neutral make-up. She cannot do the "fresh-faced" look because her features are overwhelming. Tori Spelling is a great example of a person with over-sized facial features that wheres the right amount of neutral make-up to not bring so much attention to this flaw.

  • Jewelry

    ...oops...should have typed "wears" instead of "wheres."

  • missy

    *retact=Retract

  • mirsmommy

    Daisy Says:

    @Mirs we agree about Mels dress

    The designers on Proj runway made some HAWT garments from pot. Sacks last week!
    ________________________________________________________

    :lol: Yeah, Daisy Mae, I'm kinda diggin that dress. :yes: I think because it's so different.

  • Karamelkisses76

    Glad Luda's growing back his 'stache. :yes:

  • Krysi J

    Everybody did their thing, Im not going to hate on BLACK WOMEN IN MUSIC... :grin:

    However I will give Mary J. the best look overall award

    and *mumbling real fast* GabrielleUniongetshonorablemention

  • Cinderella

    @ Daisy, My Grandma, Great-Grandma and a third cousin are all named Daisy Mae.

  • leapyearpisces

    I like Taraji's dress. It's different.

  • rjk8

    Wow! Money and maturity - go back and look at pictures of Luda and Mary J before they came up. There is hope for the pants on the ground generation. lol

  • Lovely One

    I like Melanie's dress. Its different, in a good way :claps:

  • OutsidetheBox

    How could a person’s natural born facial features be considered a flaw? #needsexplanation

    WHERE THE PJ RUNWAY HEADS AT?!? I loveee PJR...and none of my friends fukk with it...

  • msnicole

    @Krysi J

    Yeah, Mary has really stepped her style game up in the past 2 or 3 years.

    I really would like to see Taraji's whole dress. I think i might like it.

  • http://twitter.com/sherita78 mizzdallas

    Am I the only one who likes Melanie Fiona dress..? oh wells, everybody looks nice! beautiful black woman I love it!

  • LaTechGrad02

    @Outside, I love Project Runway! I think Ping is going home tonight....I just have a feeling.

  • Kat

    Luda looks good in a suit. All men don't. What da hell Taraji?? Everybody else looks nice for the most part.

  • Quitta

    Luda looks yummy.

    Gabby could've gotten a more flattering dress.

    Mary looks great. Yes I agree Tarji looks like she started the party early. :lolol:

    Maybe I'm weird but I like the dress Melanie has on. She looks fab.

    That's the best I've seen Tatyana look in a looooonngg long while. :claps:

    I miss me some Kelly Price. Where you been at girl??

  • tori-v

    hay yall!
    i been m.i.a and in lurk mode but i missed yall
    ok
    everyone looks good but gabbys face looks ashy or like someone through baby powder on her. :shrug:
    mjb-Hawt but that tat is soo...ghetto..u know HOOD (n my nene leakes voice)
    Luda-Yowser :lick:
    ok im dun

  • Cinderella

    @ mizzdallas., I like Mel's dress. I don't like Taraji's dress. It looks like something from that website Great Glam.

  • Daisy

    @Outside we have a few folks who watch Proj runway so :welcome: to the PJ Runway club! I love me some Tim Gunn! Ping or the guy who used all that lace/ribbon shld have gone home last week!

  • gypsyeyes

    Hey yall. I just got home from class and it it snowing the biggest damn flakes ever. But I'm so glad to be home in the warmth. The babies want to know it they can go and catch snowflakes with their tongues.

    on topic: I love Luda and that he is a grown arse man now and knows when to dress up. I miss Kelly Price but you know that her Tamia and deborah Cox are coming out as a group. I can't wait. Tatyana aint been right since she dated that YT boy. Mary J lokks Great and Taraji is just Taraji. Gabby, well she needs a complete makeover because that is the same weave from 'Deliver Us From Eva". That is all(c) Daisy

  • Quitta

    Cinderella Says:

    @ mizzdallas., I like Mel’s dress. I don’t like Taraji’s dress. It looks like something from that website Great Glam.
    _______
    I like it too. I like styles that are different. Don't like to have on what everybody else has on.

  • flsun99

    Mary Looks FAB per usual. I'm not feeling Taraji's dress...at all! Tatyana Ali looks great! I think that's the best I have seen her look EVER. To me she always look...well "blah" all the time. I DO NOT LIKE Kelly Price's look at all but her hair looks healthy.

  • Quitta

    Hey Tori!

    Het Outside!

    Hey Gypsy! That's soo adorable. Aww. Let the babies play! :lolol:

  • Quitta

    Typo - Hey Outside. LOL

  • http://facebook.com/Im2thick4u 2thick4u

    Glad that alot of people came out to support Black Women in Music :) !!!

    Everyone looks good :) !!!

  • ReadTheBlog

    Gabrielle, s wear it looks as if you could see her white granny drawls from that back shot. I hope I am wrong :-D

  • Jewelry

    '...I miss Kelly Price but you know that her Tamia and deborah Cox are coming out as a group.'

    ROTFLMBVAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    What is the name of the group: THE HAS-BEENS...LOL!!!!

    Perhaps KTD: Kill The Dream...LOL!!!!

    I can't stand pseudo-entertainers that fight for the limelight way past their relevance. Ugh!!!!!

  • OutsidetheBox

    @ Ping LOL She is sooo strange but *whispers* I can see her “vision” …*furrows brows*…I think…but yeah I def. think she’s headed home. I could totally fit too people in her designs. It’s like she thinks her customers are in the rice fields of Cambodia…

    @PJR Club TALK TO ME!!!-Tim Gunn*weeps* I’m at a loss for words! Let me compose myself and get my Tim Gunn on…

    I love Taraji’s dress! I think its fab; so hip, so right now. it’s the whole leotard/bodysuit look in a dress, and without going pantless :cheer: I think we need a full picture to so that you all may appreciate the greatness that is that 80’s inspired dress. You could never bore Nina in that dress!

    Now @ Tati… this concerns me…I see where you were headed but...

  • OutsidetheBox

    LOl Morning Quitta

  • rjk8

    It's about that time of the day for Sandra to have her Obamgasim. lol

  • gypsyeyes

    Hey charles...I mean Jewelry. Tell us how you really feel.

  • http://thecubiclechick.com STLVixen

    Yes!I see everyone looks FAB and glam! I am loving the looks here! And when is Kelly Price coming out with another album? Music needs her! NOW!

  • tori-v

    hay Quitta Mae!! :smile:...
    i saw thats the new name and it rolls of my keypad nicely! my cuzn calls me Tori Ann so dont worry u aint alone on the country names!:)

  • SangriaSugar

    @ Outside

    I'm all about Project Runway...(whispering) I got the DVDs...all of them!!

    I didn't mean my comment as a dig about Melanie's dress...I like it cause its different. But to me it looks like a challenge dress.

    Tim Gunn voice: Your challenge this week is to make an evening gown for a music industry leading lady using only material from Michael's, you have a budget of $75 and 1 day. You will also be working in teams of two. Make it work.

  • onlinefan

    Luda looking nice, in fact everybody in the posts looks good.

    MJB even looks good, like she's refreshed or something (aside from that visible tat)

    melanie fiona dress is sorta ok....maybe if it was short instead?

  • SangriaSugar

    @ Outside

    I love Taraji’s dress! I think its fab; so hip, so right now. it’s the whole leotard/bodysuit look in a dress, and without going pantless I think we need a full picture to so that you all may appreciate the greatness that is that 80’s inspired dress. You could never bore Nina in that dress!

    Now @ Tati… this concerns me…I see where you were headed but…
    -----------

    :rofl:

  • KaraZ

    I want to be like Sylvia Rhone when I grow up, she's almost 60 and still has a tight body and growing career while remaining relevant. HEART HER!

    This is the best I've seen Tatyana look in a loong time, so she's finally off the sauce huh?

    Kelly Price, is she still lying about gastric bypass? She's put on some of that weight back or she just had a baby?

    Beyonce should take a look at Taraji, now that's how you wear red lipstick!

    I really hate MJB's tatoo for her, every time she's dressed gorgeously & I see one of them, I cringe.

  • allwrightyden

    :lol: Heeyy Luda! Looking good!
    Gabriel..take yo azz home!
    Taraji and My girl, Mary are on point!! :cheer:

  • sevens658

    Hey All,
    Luda looks great whenever her puts on his GROWN MAN Steez.
    Gabby is cute in purple but i've seen her do alot better than this so i'll give her a pass this time.

    Taraji looks a fool!!! snort: i don't know what her stylist was smokin but uh huh no ma'am she looks like a ice skater gone all the way wrong. Melanie looks very elegant is the brown and copper number.
    Tatyana always Beautiful.Period.

    (Queen)Mary owns her style as usual.
    OMG!! Kelly where u been we ain't seentchu in forever!!!
    I still bop and singin along to every song!

    PJR Fan as well.

  • sevens658

    Luda HE

  • terika83

    Tatiana looks cute again. Maybe short hair just doesn't do her justice. I hope her new show will be good.

    Dag Kelly gained some weight back. I rem. when she lost all that weigh she was almost unrecognizable.

  • Daisy

    @terika Kellys shape was real funky on the Bet gospel celebration

  • Rod Boogie

    As a man- Props to Luda for dressing appropriately for the event. That 2 button suit is tuff and tailored correctly.

  • Lady_L

    Mary- love her dress

    Tatayan- Like her hair and make-up

    Melonie- look fab

    Ludacris- yummy!!

    Taraji- hate that hair in her face, it's annoying me.

    Gabby- dress could have been fitted better. love her gray pumps

  • jazi65

    Mary - stunning!!!

    Luda - too dam sexy

    Melonie & Kelly - those dresses are horrible!

    Taraji - always make time to get your do done gurl!

  • Krysi J

    wey da hell is BROWN??!!

  • CHARBEE1

    Luda looks handsome as ever.

    Mary J stay sharp.

    Umm Taraji I am going need you to get that hair out of your face & get a different dress.

    Gabi looks cute.

    Tatyana is so purrrty.

    Sylvia looks great for her age.

    Melanie you can sang but that dress is horrible.

    Kelly Price please get us a cd out here.

    And that is all :whew:

  • bigtyme

    melanie's seems overdressed. a full length? everyone else has on cockail dresses and luda doesn't have on a tie...it wasn't a formal event.

  • bigtyme

    ok...so i can't say cocktail...let's say...short dresses...

  • http://myspace.com/amax79 AKAtastrophy1908

    Mary looking like "Yeah Taraji, I remember THOSE days". Taraji looks cute. Luda is sooo damn sexy. He is so damn short though. I guess he could run up my back though. Tatyana looks good. Melanie Fiona will be ok after a little work with a GOOD stylist- hoopefully not the same one that put Grandma Sylvia Rhone in the leather top...she makes too much money and is too old and classy (I thought) for that ish. Oh Gabby- don't you have a basketball game to be courtside at? SMDH!!!

  • nyvixen

    Tatyiana Ali: Did you have some work done? Because you look 200 times better than you've been looking!
    Taraji: You are my girl, but not feeling that look. I see you have on Beyonce's red lipstick tonight.
    Luda: Hurry up and come home to the A. I am waiting, Daddy!

  • http://talkingwithtami.com/blog talkingwithtami

    How fine is Luda in that suit whew!

  • in2wishon

    everyone looks great!

  • birdofbeauty09

    Luda-looks nice, but not my cup of tea

    Gabby-Love the design of the dress and shoes

    Taraji-No ma'am. When I first seen her I was like, "did Tina Turner have a daughter?" I don't like her look.

    Mary-looks nice as usual

    Sylvia Rhone-looks OK. I didn't know she was pushing 60. Damn I wish I look that good.

    Melonie Fiona-Not feeling the dress. I'll say it's unique.

    Tatyana Ali-looks nice. I agree she looks much better.

    Kelly Price-looks OK. Is she preggo, or did she recently have a baby?

    I agree with the other poster who posed the question if she's still lying about getting the gastric bypass. I remember seeing pictures of her weight loss, and it just seemed like she had surgery. There's nothing wrong with it, but don't lie about it. IMO

  • vetta

    Luda looks nice. I like Gabby's and Mary's dress. Taraji's dress is cute too.