Essence Presents 10th Anniversary “Black Women in Hollywood Awards & Gala”

Oscar-Week Event to Honor Hollywood’s “Next Generation”: Janelle
Monáe, Issa Rae, Aja Naomi King and Yara Shahidi

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Time Inc.’s (NYSE:TIME) Essence, the preeminent brand for
African-American women, will commemorate the 10th anniversary of its
esteemed “Black Women in Hollywood Awards”—the annual Oscar-week
celebration at the forefront of spotlighting Hollywood’s most creative
and accomplished visionaries. Shifting from a daytime luncheon to a
resplendent evening gala for the first time, the red carpet ceremony
will be held at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, CA, on Thursday,
February 23, 2017.

The Awards & Gala will honor Hollywood’s “Next Generation”—young women
who are excelling and elevating their crafts—including triple-threat
actress/musician/entertainer Janelle Monáe (Breakthrough Award);
groundbreaking actress/writer/producer Issa Rae (Vanguard Award);
standout actress Aja Naomi King (Lincoln Shining Star Award); and
dynamic actress Yara Shahidi (Generation Next). Actress/Producer Gabrielle
will serve as the program’s host.

“For the past decade, the “Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards”
have paid homage to our modern image-makers—both in front of the camera
and behind the scenes,” said Essence Editor-in-Chief Vanessa K. De Luca.
“This past year has been an exceptional one for diversity in film and
television, and with the incredible contributions of Janelle, Issa, Aja
and Yara, it is fitting that our 10th anniversary will honor the future
of Hollywood and its continued steps on the path to inclusion.”

Also for the first time, internationally acclaimed visual artist and
filmmaker Mickalene Thomas will be infusing the event with her
elaborate imagery celebrating the power of female beauty as a facet of
women’s empowerment.

Since its inception in 2008, the “Essence Black Women in Hollywood
Awards” have honored some of the most cherished figures in the
industry, including Oprah Winfrey, Lupita Nyong’o, Ava DuVernay, Halle
Berry, Viola Davis, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Angela Bassett, Queen Latifah,
Naomie Harris, Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson, Jennifer Hudson, Zoe
Saldana, Alfre Woodard, Regina King, Gabrielle Union, Tracee Ellis Ross,
Debbie Allen, Nina Shaw, Mary J. Blige, Gabourey Sidibe, Quvenzhané
Wallis, Jurnee Smollett, Ruby Dee, Diahann Carroll, Cicely Tyson,
Loretta Devine, Mara Brock Akil, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ruth E. Carter,
Nina Shaw, Gina Prince-Bythewood and Suzanne de Passe.

As a highlight of Oscar week, this elegant awards celebration has hosted
many of Hollywood’s elite, including Chris Rock, Tom Cruise, Will Smith,
Amy Adams, Emma Stone, Samuel L. Jackson, Forest Whitaker, James
Cameron, Terrence Howard and Laurence Fishburne, among many others.

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The “Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards & Gala” is
presented by The Lincoln Motor Company and sponsored by
AT&T, Coca-Cola, Colgate® Optic White®, GEICO, L’Oréal Paris, Planned
Parenthood Federation of America
and Walmart.


ESSENCE Communications Inc. (ECI) is the number one media company
dedicated to African-American women, with a multi-platform presence in
publishing, live events and online. The company’s flagship publication,
Essence magazine, is the preeminent lifestyle magazine for
African-American women, generating brand extensions such as the Essence
Festival, Essence Black Women in Hollywood and Black Women in Music,
Window on Our Women and Smart Beauty consumer insights series,,
and ventures in digital media (mobile, television and VOD). For 46
years, Essence, which has a brand reach of 14.2 million, has been the
leading source of cutting-edge information and specific solutions
relating to every area of African-American women’s lives. Additional
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