Essence Magazine 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

Time Inc.’s 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, 2017.2801496_essence

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 Union 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. Continue reading

THERE’S NOTHING LIKE THE 2013 ESSENCE FESTIVAL JULY 4-7, NEW ORLEANS, LA

THE DEFINITIVE AFRICAN-AMERICAN CULTURAL EXPERIENCE: 4 UNFORGETTABLE DAYS OF WORLD-CLASS ENTERTAINMENT, EMPOWERMENT AND INSPIRATION

NEWLY REBRANDED ‘ESSENCE FESTIVAL’ TO EXPAND CULTURAL AND COMMUNITY PROGRAMMING AND BRING THE ‘PAGE TO THE STAGE’ HIGHLIGHTING HEALTH, CAREERS, EDUCATION, CIVIL RIGHTS, RELATIONSHIPS, STYLE, BEAUTY AND MORE

MORE THAN 30 CHART-TOPPING MUSICAL ACTS TO PERFORM: JILL SCOTT, MAXWELL, NEW EDITION, CHARLIE WILSON, KEYSHIA COLE, LL COOL J, BRANDY, BRIDGET KELLY, BIG DADDY KANE, BLACKSTREET, JODY WATLEY, LEELA JAMES, LES NUBIANS, MINT CONDITION AND MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED

OVER 50 SPEAKERS TO APPEAR AT DAYTIME EMPOWERMENT EXPERIENCE: REV. AL SHARPTON, REP. JOHN LEWIS, DR. STEVE PERRY AND MORE

PLUS, AN ALL-STAR GOSPEL TRIBUTE TO MUSICAL POWERHOUSES PASTOR DONNIE MCCLURKIN AND TRAMAINE HAWKINS

2013 ESSENCE Festival.  (PRNewsFoto/Essence Communications Inc.)

2013 ESSENCE Festival. (PRNewsFoto/Essence Communications Inc.)

ESSENCE‘s 19th annual gathering of music, culture, community, empowerment and inspiration has a brand new look and a new name. The new 2013 ESSENCE FESTIVAL–recently renamed to reflect the event’s expanded cultural focus–will take place JULY 4-7 in New Orleans, LA. This year’s Festival promises to bring “the page to the stage” with 4 days of entertainment and information on health, careers, education, civil rights, relationships, style, beauty and more that will get you into the Festival groove! Sponsors of the 2013 ESSENCE Festival include presenting sponsor COCA-COLA and major sponsor WALMART. Continue reading