Black Girl Magic Slayed and Walked Away with the Tony Awards Red Carpet

From Lupita to Oprah, black girls owned the 70th Annual Tony Awards.

This year the 70th Annual Tony Awards honored the likes of Hamilton, The Color Purple, Eclipsed, and Shuffle Along, all featuring standout performances by the likes of Lupita Nyong’o, Jennifer Hudson, and Audra McDonald. A rich theatre season celebrating complex, three-dimensional characters of color stands out in contrast to the stark, white film season that resulted in zero Academy Award nominations for any actors of color.

Tony-winner Viola Davis told Essence magazine in 2013 that “the one thing I feel is lacking in Hollywood today is an understanding of the beauty, the power, the sexuality, the uniqueness, the humor of being a regular Black woman.” Where Hollywood has dropped the ball, the 2016 Broadway season has captured the essence, the radiance, and the versatility of being a Black woman. From presenters like, Uzo Aduba and Oprah Winfrey to the nominees, like Danielle Brooks, the women of the Tony Awards sprinkled their own individual Black Girl Magic all over the red carpet to remind you that Black girls slay, and will continue to do so for years to come.

  • 1 Lupita Nyong’o
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    The Oscar winner was nominated for her lead performance in Danai Gurira’s Eclipsed.

  • 2 Uzo Aduba
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    The Orange is the New Black star was a presenter at the festivities.

  • 3 Audra McDonald
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    The Shuffle Along and Broadway star was on hand to present Best Lead Actress in a Musical, and looked amazing showing off her baby bump.

  • 4 Pascale Armand
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    The actress was nominated for her performance in Eclipsed.

  • 5 Leona Lewis
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    The recording artist will make her Broadway debut in next season’s revival of Cats.

  • 6 Patina Miller
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    A past Tony winner, the Madame Secretary star stunned on the red carpet.

  • 7 ReneĆ© Elise Goldsberry
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    With the big breakout number “Satisfied,” Goldsberry took home a Tony for her role in the record-breaking Hamilton.

  • 8 Adrienne Warren
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    The actress was nominated for her turn in Shuffle Along.

  • 9 Heather Headley
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    Recording artist, and past winner for her star-making turn in Aida, Heather Headley showed up and showed out for her nominated show The Color Purple.

  • 10 Saycon Sengbloh
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    The actress was nominated for her part in the drama Eclipsed.

  • 11 Jourdan Dunn
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    The model had jaws on the floor with her Tony Awards ensemble.

  • 12 Cynthia Erivo
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    The British triple-threat wowed audiences with her Tony-winning performance in The Color Purple.

  • 13 Danai Gurira
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    The Walking Dead actress was a Tony nominee, but for her writing of the gripping drama Eclipsed starring Lupita Nyong’o.

  • 14 Sophie Okonedo
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    Nominated for her turn as “Elizabeth Proctor” in The Crucible, Okonedo looked fab on the red carpet.

  • 15 Danielle Brooks
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    A favorite as “Taystee” in Orange is the New Black, Brooks was nominated for her Broadway debut as “Sophia” in The Color Purple.

  • 16 Oprah Winfrey
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    The media mogul and actress was in attendance to introduce The Color Purple, the eventual winner of Best Musical Revival, that she produced.

The 2016 Oscars faced a very public backlash (and the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag) but relive some of the most memorable Black Girl Magic moments from the award show in the video below.

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