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  • Sharmaine Johnson

Ava Duvernay, Tamron Hall, Jillian Mercado, and POSE were honored at the 47th Annual Gracie Awards

Last week, the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation hosted the 47th Annual Gracie Awards honoring women in media and entertainment including Ava Duvernay, Tamron Hall, Jillian Mercado, and more. Holly Robinson Peete hosted the event and the special guest for the evening was Christina Perri who unveiled her baby bump for the first time on the red carpet and hit the stage for a magical performance. This year’s ceremony was a little more special than the rest as the gala returned in person at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel after being held virtually for two years.

Presenters and celebrity guests hit the stage to present the awards, including Brie and Nikki Bella, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Sheinelle Jones, Deon Cole, Bethany Joy Lenz, and many more. The girls got us in our feeling with their heartfelt speeches as they spilled the tea about the importance and social impact of diverse storytelling in their acceptance speeches. Jillian Mercado received the Gracie Award for her role in the Showtime drama The L Word: Generation Q. “It was hard to imagine that as a young disabled Latina, I would ever be on this stage with you all winning this award for Actress in a Breakthrough Role. My mind can’t honestly compute what is happening but I am so beyond thankful and grateful to be here. She continued sharing “opportunities are far and few in between for the disabled community. We must do better”. Tamron Hall accepted the Gracie Award for “Best On-Air Talent” and during her speech, she addressed the Texas elementary school tragedy. “You don’t have to be a parent to understand pain, you don’t have to be a mom to understand loss, but you have to be a human to open your eyes and to see that none of us should rest easy tonight because too many tonight won’t be able to say goodnight”. Award-winning writer, director, and producer Ava Duvernay accepted the award for Best Family Series for her first unscripted television series Home Sweet Home. During her speech, she also addressed the tragedy in Texas, “If we can tell stories that allow us to see each other in ways that we truly are our most intimate spaces, maybe we should safeguard so that there were not shooting, mass shootings, If we could just see each other, understand each other, have empathy for each other… See each other and lets be kind and better to each other. Storytelling can do that.” We got the inside TEA, of course, so check out the official photos and video clips from Getty Images as well as a complete list of winners, their work, and acceptance speeches! Check out the links below for the TEA! Official photos here: Alliance for Women in Media

Foundation Present the 47th Annual Gracie Awards Official video clips here: Official clips from the Gala here: Duvernay, Tamron Hall, and Jillian Mercardo receive top honors at the 47th Annual Gracie Awards List of award winners, their work, and their acceptance speeches, visit Alliance for Women in Media! May your cup remain full until next time!

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