(Photos) OPRAH Attends “Queen Sugar” VIP Cocktail Reception #EssenceFest

As mentioned in my previous post… I had no clue OPRAH would appear at the “Queen Sugar” VIP cocktail reception at Legacy Kitchen in New Orleans, where over 200 industry insiders & celebrities celebrated the new series.  For the first time in history… Oprah Winfrey took over Essence Festival main stage with an inspiring keynote speech that I will treasure for the rest of my life.

Oprah as she arrived at the VIP reception
Oprah as she arrived at the VIP reception / Photo RobinLori

Lord have mercy… after the session I headed over to Legacy Kitchen in the WRONG direction.  Y’all I had all of my camera equipment dragging me down each step of the way but I kept on swimming.  Finally made it to the venue after walking about 3 miles… JUST in time to sit & cool off for a few seconds.  I was so hot and exhausted… my feet, legs and arms were trembling.  Nothing like that NO heat.  But when I heard Oprah was coming… my heart skipped beat & my energy shot up like a rocket!  Thank goodness I made it through the night and captured some of the most wonderful moments on the red carpet.  Take a look!

Oprah and the “Queen Sugar” cast:

Oprah, Ava DuVernay & cast of Queen Sugar
Oprah, Ava DuVernay & cast of Queen Sugar / Photo RobinLori


Oprah and Queen Sugar Director Ava DuVernay:

Oprah and Ava DuVernay
Oprah and Ava DuVernay

The ladies from “The Real”hosts Adrienne Bailon, Loni Love and Jeannie Mai were so much fun!

Oprah and Adrienne of The Real

I didn’t get a clear shot but here they are as they snapped a “selfie” with Oprah 🙂

Oprah and The Real takes a selfie


Tina Knowles Lawson and hubby Richard Lawson were in the building:

Tina Knowles Lawson and hubby Richard Lawson
Photo by RobinLori


The beautiful Lynn Whitfield

Lynn Whitfield 2


Additional attendees included: Lynn Whitfield (“Greenleaf”), singer Lalah Hathaway; “Love Thy Neighbor” cast Patrice Lovely and Darmirra Brunson; “Survivor’s Remorse” cast Tichina Arnold, Jessie T. Usher, Erica Ash and Allen Maldonado; “POWER” cast Lela Loren and Joseph Sikora; “Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker; broadcast journalist/producer Soledad O’Brien, Bozoma Saint John (Head of Global Consumer Marketing, Apple Music & iTunes); Mona Scott-Young (Monami Entertainment); Stevie J (“Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta”); “Married to Medicine” cast Dr. Heavenly, Mariah Huq and Lisa Nicole Cloud; Gocha Hawkins (“LA Hair”), Tameka Foster, American Idol’s La’Porsha Renae and so many more.

Sending  HUGE thanks to OWN and 135th Street Agency for this AMAZING experience!  Hope you enjoy my gallery of red carpet pics 🙂


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