Oprah welcomes her guests

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Oprah welcomes her guests to the Legends Luncheon.
Oprah, Mary J. Blige and Chaka Khan

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2. Mary J. Blige and Chaka Khan
Oprah mingles with Mary J. Blige and Chaka Khan.
Halle Berry, Tina Turner, Alicia Keys and Diana Ross

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The Legends and "young'uns" alternate seating around the table— Halle Berry, Tina Turner, Alicia Keys and Diana Ross.
Oprah, Ashanti, Tyra Banks and Natalie Cole

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Oprah welcomes Ashanti, Tyra Banks and Natalie Cole.
Lunch is served

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Waiters—one for each guest—serve minted pea soup, pistachio-covered chicken paillard and chocolate cake with truffle cream.
John Legend

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John Legend sings at the party.
Young'uns

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Ashanti, Janet Jackson, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige and Missy Elliott read Pearl Cleage's poem, "We Speak Your Names," to the Legends.
Pearl Cleage, Angela Bassett and Alfre Woodard

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Pearl Cleage, Angela Bassett and Alfre Woodard get emotional reciting the poem, "We Speak Your Names."
Della Reese, Coretta Scott King and Roberta Flack

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Legends Della Reese, Coretta Scott King and Roberta Flack listen to the young'uns' tribute.
Gladys Knight, Mariah Carey and Yolanda Adams

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Legends and young'uns autograph each others' menu cards—Gladys Knight, Mariah Carey and Yolanda Adams.
Cicely Tyson's signed menu card

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Cicely Tyson's signed menu card.
Dorothy Height and Shirley Caesar

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Dorothy Height and Shirley Caesar.
Alicia Keys and Maya Angelou

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Alicia Keys leans on Maya Angelou.
Gayle King and Janet Jackson

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Gayle King and Janet Jackson.
Yolanda Adams, Nancy Wilson and Phylicia Rashad

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Yolanda Adams, Nancy Wilson and Phylicia Rashad.
Mariah Carey, Brandy, Patti LaBelle, Mary J. Blige and Cicely Tyson

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Mariah Carey, Brandy, Patti LaBelle, Mary J. Blige and Cicely Tyson enjoy the luncheon.
Diahann Carroll, Tina Turner, Darnell Martin, Angela Bassett and Susan Taylor

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Diahann Carroll, Tina Turner, Darnell Martin, Angela Bassett and Susan Taylor.
Suzan-Lori Parks, Natalie Cole and Iman

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Suzan-Lori Parks, Natalie Cole and Iman chat at the luncheon.
Diamond drop earrings

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Oprah gives each Legend a pair of diamond drop earrings!
Diamond hoop earrings

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To the each of young'uns, Oprah gives a pair of diamond hoop earrings!
Iman, Michelle Obama, Pam Grier and Debbie Allen

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Iman, Michelle Obama, Pam Grier and Debbie Allen toast the day!
Yolanda Adams, Nancy Wilson and Oprah

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Yolanda Adams, Nancy Wilson and Oprah.

Preparations for Oprah's Legends Ball begin.

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