[Close-Up] Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Jenifer Lewis & Kiki Layne Cover ‘ESSENCE’ Film Noire Issue

ESSENCE x Film Noire Issue
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Black girl magic reigns supreme on the latest four-cover edition of ESSENCE. Amandla Stenberg, Jenifer Lewis, Regina Hall, and Kiki Layne all serve as cover stars for its Film Noir issue.

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“KiKi Layne has got next. Amandla Stenberg is a change artist whose roles get people talking,” writes ESSENCE editors in its cover reveal. “Regina Hall is a 20-year movie mainstay, who’s still surprising us, and the Black mother of Hollywood Jenifer Lewis is our reigning queen of inspiration.”


The ladies are also the 2019 honorees at ESSENCE’s Black Women In Hollywood luncheon on Feb. 21. ESSENCE chatted it up with each of the actresses about their Hollywood journeys, from being a newcomer like Kiki to Jenifer being considered the Black mother of Hollywood.

ESSENCE X Kiki Layne
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Kiki on her breakout role in If Beale Street Could Talk:

“Because so much of Tish’s strength comes from vulnerability and her commitment to love and being loved, I learned to tap into my own vulnerability. I also learned to trust myself more and to know that what I’m bringing is enough.”

ESSENCE X Amandla Stenberg
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Amandla on her mission to make people “feel something”:

“I look for characters and stories that conceptualize a Black experience without minimizing it or falling into harmful stereotypes. I want characters who raise us up and show the nuance of who we are and how beautiful and multifaceted and colorful we are too.”

ESSENCE x Regina Hall
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Regina on her Hollywood journey:

“It’s really exciting to say not only that you’ve been in a business for 20 years, but also that you’re still loving it and learning.”

ESSENCE X Jenifer Lewis
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Jenifer on her gift from God:

“I’ve got so much talent, it’s crazy, but that was a gift. And I honored that gift. I entertain with my entire molecular structure and have been sustained in this business because I love what I do.”

The issue hits newsstands January 25.

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