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Real talk, casual vibe at annual Oscar-week Sistahs Soiree

Real talk, casual vibe at annual Oscar-week Sistahs Soiree

“Can I wrap myself in this blanket, or is that tacky?” Viola Davis asked, pointing at a faux fur throw.

“Girl, of course,” Alfre Woodard replied, encouraging Davis to break up the  just-so couch arrangement.

At any other Oscar-week gathering it  might seem uncouth to  actually use the fancy blanket clearly intended more for decoration than warmth. But at the Sistahs Soiree —  the party Woodard has been hosting for eight years to honor women of color in the film business —  the vibe was far more relaxed.

Well, in some respects, anyway. The party took place in the extravagant Royal Suite at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel —  yes, the legendary...

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