Here’s my acceptance speech for the Fierce & Fearless Award at the Essence Black Women In Hollywood 2016 luncheon! This was such a special moment that almost didn’t happen. A week before the awards, I woke up with no voice— not a hoarse voice — NO voice – my vocal chords were so swollen, my doctor was scared that I might have permanent damage. This has meant absolutely NO speaking — as a result black-ish lost irreplaceable production days even though we kept working. I did what I could as a “silent actress”, but because of the delays to production we thought I would hv to be at work catching up instead of being able accept my award. My dear sis Rhonda Ross was willing to read my speech for me but I was so sad I couldn’t be there. But somehow we wrapped in time, so I raced to the luncheon (and changed my clothes in the car ) and was able to give my speech and accept my award!! Thank u so much Essence for this honor!