Danai Gurira, Angela Bassett, Sydelle Noel attends the 2018 Essence Black Women In Hollywood

Black Panther stars Danai Gurira, left, Angela Bassett, center, and Sydelle Noel were among the black A-listers attending the 11th Annual Essence Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills on Thursday. Other bold name stars in attendance included Janelle Monae, Lupita Nyong’o, Amandla Stenberg and Gabourey Sidibe.

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Amandla Stenberg

Amandla Stenberg says she passed on a role in Marvel Studios blockbuster Black Panther because her skin wasn’t dark enough. Her remarks caused controversy on Black Twitter, particularly from biracial and mixed race women.

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