Tiffany Haddish Cracks Up Crowd at Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon

Tiffany Haddish and Lil’ Rel Howery
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“Girls Trip” breakout star Tiffany Haddish brought the house down with her acceptance speech as she was honored at the Essence Black Women in Hollywood luncheon.

The 38-year-old comedic actress thanked those who had believed in her, including “Get Out” star Lil Rel Howery, who presented her with her award.

“Me and Rel, we used to be on the telephone talking,” she said. “I used to be like, ‘Rel, we gon’ make it, man. We gon’ do this, we gon’ have a TV show … And he used to be like, ‘You dream big.’ Yeah, I dream big! You gotta dream as big as possible … And like, look at us now, Rel! Aaaah!”

Speaking at Thursday’s awards luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Hollywood, Haddish thanked fellow honoree, Emmy-winning writer and director Lena Waithe, “We met when we were 12-years-old and she never got rid of me. Even though I was acting weird and stuff and I wore Payless shoes.”

Haddish continued, “Coming from where I came from, being a foster youth … like living in all those different homes … I am glad I had those experiences because now when I perform I can come from a place of reality, I know how different people live. You know, everybody crazy, it don’t matter what your nationality is, I lived with some different races and, yeah everybody got problems — I shouldn’t have said that.”

She added, “I am so grateful for those experiences. I can relate to everybody, I can be in any room, anywhere. I just came back from Eritrea, where my father is from — that’s in Africa y’all. That’s where that kindness at.

“I learned so much and I met so many wonderful people, I realized no matter where I go in the world, I’ve been to Japan, I’ve been to Thailand, China, I’ve been in England, and I’ve been in the airport in France … Everybody the same, we all got problems, we all want to be loved, we all wanna be happy.

“I just wish everyone in this room happiness … I curse you all with happiness … You all are amazing … all of us women, we bring a lot of light, a lot of wonderfulness, and if you ever wanna bring some negativity, just sit your ass down somewhere.”

Actresses Tessa Thompson and Danai Gurira were also honored during the show, which airs Saturday, March 3 on OWN.

SOURCE: Page Six – Emily Smith