l to r: Wendy Raquel Robinson, Lynda Browning, Essence Atkins and Logan Browning

Written by | Ray Cornelius

The BronzeLens Film Festival held its 5th Anniversary Women Superstars Luncheon recently at the Atrium Ballroom of the Marriott Marquis. The invite only affair is the most sought after ticket during the Festival and always attracts influencers and tastemakers. Each year awards are given to women of color in the television and film industry for their accomplishments and body of work in front and behind the lens.

Wendy with Kristen Whitley

Honoree Wendy Raquel Robinson with presenter Kristen Whitley

This year’s honorees included Hit The Floor  actress Logan Browning (Rising Superstar Award), veteran actress Essence Atkins (Vanguard Superstar), and The Game’s  Wendy Raquel Robinson (Legendary Superstar). Oscar nominated actress and activist Ruby Dee was recognized posthumously for her legendary career and contributions to television, stage and film. Her award was accepted by her grandson and filmmaker of Life’s Essentials with Ruby DeeMuta’ Ali.

Essence and presenter

Honoree Essence Atkins with LaRonda Sutton

Also honored were BET Executive Constance “Connie” Orlando (Behind the Lens Superstar) and General Manager of Atlanta Marriott Marquis Erica Qualls (Visionary Superstar). HBO was also presented a special award for their continued support of the Festival and was received by Public Relations Manager Janet Wally and Leigh Davis-Turner, Corporate Affairs & Southeastern Regional PR Associate.

Sheryl Renee

Singer Sheryl Renee performing Nina Simone’s “Feelin’ Good”

This year’s presenters included The Have and The Have Nots  star Renee Lawless, 2014 BLFF Host Committee members Sonia Booker and Kristen Whitley and LaRonda Sutton from The Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Entertainment. Serving as Mistress of Ceremonies for the second year in a row was Atlanta broadcasting legend Monica Pearson. Musical entertainment was provided by songstress, Sheryl Renee.

Check out a few red carpet and luncheon photos below:

Erica Qualls and Renee Lawless

Honoree Erica Qualls with presenter & actress Renee Lawless

Essence Atkins Roger M. Bobb

Honoree Essence Atkins and Filmmaker Roger M. Bobb

Logan and mum

Honoree Logan Browning with her mother Lynda Browning

NJ Frank and Muta' Ali

Filmmakers NJ Frank and Muta’ Ali

Monica Pearson

Mistress of Ceremonies Monica Pearson

Rev Yvette Massey and Lisa Arrindell Anderson

Rev. Yvette Massey and actress Lisa Arrindell Anderson

Maria Howell Margaret

TV, film and stage actresses Maria Howell and Margot Moorer

Ryan and DeEtta West

Film Director Ryan Richmond with actress DeEtta West

Kathleen Bertrand

Kathleen Bertrand bringing greetings

Erica Qualls

Honoree Erica Qualls accepting her award


Imara Canady, Kathleen Bertrand, Deidra McDonald with HBO’s Janet Wally & Leigh-Davis Turner

Honoree photo

BLFF with all of the 2014 Honorees

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