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Shonda Rhimes Says ‘We’re Reclaiming Our Time’ Amid Sexual Assault Controversy While Accepting A MAJOR Award, Plenty Of Celebs Show Support At THR Breakfast

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Shonda Rhimes keeps a few inspirational gems in her back pocket. And she offered up some good words while she accepted an award at the THR Women In Entertainment Breakfast. Catch them inside…

The Hollywood Reporter hosted its Women In Entertainment Breakfast to give props to all of the “bada**” women snataching wigs and taking names in the entertainment industry. And since they were celebrating trailblazing women in the industry, its only right television producer Shonda Rhimes received an award.

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The Shondaland honcho hit the stage to receive an award and while accepting the honor she wanted everyone in the audience to know how "creative and badass" the women of entertainment are.

The first guest editor of The Hollywood Reporter's Women in Entertainment issue said:

"I thought it was a regular thing. I mean, Oprah [Winfrey] had to have done it. Beyonce, clearly. Meryl Streep? Definitely. Obviously.”

It’s a pivotal moment in time for women as hoards of women are stepping forward to BLAST many high-powered men about how they were sexually assaulted. And those times where women kept their mouth shut about it are long gone. She continued:

"This lightning-fast, brightly lit, 'We handmaids are over these red hats, Westeros is ours, we are reclaiming our time, we’re swinging our "Lemonade" baseball bats, we are all Wonder Women now because guess what, women are just so DONE with this molester-y hot mess that makes you feel you can put your creepy hands on us so there’s the door because you have got to GO' reckoning moment in time."

"My daughter told me to ask for a story on powerful women and their teenage daughters," said Shonda. "I heard horror stories at a baby shower and that turned into an article on how working women are treated in this business when they are pregnant. I railed against what turned out to be a really great story about boots. I did a big interview. We talked about sexual harassment and abuse and what can be done. I tried as hard as I could to stalk Jennifer Lawrence to find out how she does it, but THR got a restraining order. And I loved every single minute of all of it."

Working on the issue, Shonda said she felt like she had to be very protective of women and how the issue would portray them.

"And I ended up with this very protective feeling for you, my fellow women in entertainment," she said. "Protective of how this issue would portray you. After all, in our business, how we portray women tells the world who women are. I just want the world to know how powerful and creative and badass and original you all are."

Loves her! Peep a clip from her speech below:

On the carpet at the breakfast...

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The honoree struck a pose before accepting her award.

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"black-ish" starlet/activist Yara Shahidi, who's gearing up to star in her own spin-off "Grown-ish," rolled up on the carpet in a white Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini dress with her hair pulled up into a ponytail.


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It was no surprise seeing YBF actress/activist Amandla Stenberg on scene. She kept it fashionably fresh in in a top and pants from Solace London.

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EMMY award winner Sterling K. Brown came out to show some love for the ladies.

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Fave!  Sterling's on-screen wife Susan Kelechi Watson was also on the scene, slaying this white peplum ensemble.

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"Claws" actress Niecy Nash took this simple LBD and pulled off some slayage. That bawdy tho! 

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Be on the look out for season 2 of "Claws."

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Mother-daughter vibes! Niecy and her daughter Dia Nash kept it cute before hitting the carpet.

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"The Real" co-host Loni Love struck a pose on the carpet before heading inside.

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Screenwriter Mara Brock Akil kept it simple in all black everything. She's currently filming a new black superhero TV series titled, "Black Lightning."

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A Wrinkle In Time star Gugu Mbatha-Raw served up holiday vibes in red.  By the way, A Wrinkle In Time hits theaters March 9, 2018.


Photos: Getty

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