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Thursday was a huge night for Hollywood newcomers, Olympian Simone Biles and actress Issa Rae, who were both honored by EBONY as two of 100 most influential people changing the course of history.

EBONY celebrated the remarkable achievements of Black professionals, entertainers and civic leaders this week, something that Biles and Rae are both proud to be part of. “I’m honored to be here,” Simone said.

Rae, however, was shocked to have made the coveted list. “I’m overjoyed, I always pinch myself. I even asked, ‘Am I even on the list tonight?'” She added, “I’m excited, I’m taking it all in.”

Solange and Beyonce were also recognized during the annual soiree held at the Beverly Hilton hotel, but unfortunately, neither sister was able to attend. The singers’ parents, Tina and Mathew, however, did come out to support alongside Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland, who was accompanied by her husband, Tim Witherspoon.

Some of the other honorees included Cicely Tyson and Nile Rodgers, who received the Icon Award. “It just means you’re like old or something,” Rodgers joked to HipHollywood while on the red carpet. “But I do feel honored.”

Many of the stars honored this year were also activists on social media. Dozens of celebrities took to various platforms to speak out about the year’s most controversial occurrences — something that the night’s attendees think is incredibly important.

“We have these different platforms,” The Real’s Loni Love told us. “So when you have a platform like I do, where you’re reaching millions and millions of people, you need to use it correctly.”

Garcelle Beauvais added, “We are given this platform for a reason. It’s not just about looking pretty and coming on a red carpet. It’s about using your platform and getting things done.”

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Watch: Julia Roberts And Owen Wilson Give Advice To Their 10-Year-Old Selves

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To say Wonder is a must see movie is an understatement! Not only will the film touch you and inspire you to be a better person, it will also entertain you from start to finish.

But don’t take our word for it. HipHollywood sat down with the film’s stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson who shared their excitement to bring this heartwarming story to life and how they channeled their real-life parenting skills into the role.

“I think we felt a responsibility to be authentically parents and authentically parents to these two kids, said the 50 year old mother of three. “And I think that’s why you really believe these four people are family and are really having this experience together.”

In the film based on the NY times best seller, Roberts and Wilson play the parents of a teenage daughter (Izabela Vidovic) and 10-year-old boy (Jacob Tremblay) with facial differences entering mainstream elementary school for the first time.

When asked if they had any advice for their ten year old selves, Roberts said: “I have a ten year old son and I tell him to run.”

Meanwhile Wilson says he remembers 5th grade vividly, and enjoyed having his brother Andrew Wilson at the same school to protect him. “It helped so much having an older brother who was already at the school, so that would be the advice I’d give, have a cool older brother.”

Wonder hits theaters November 17, just one day before Wilson’s 49th birthday. 

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