Empire’s Jussie Smollett to Hosts 16th Annual Heroes in the Struggle Awards Presentation & Reception at 20th Century Fox Studios

Black AIDS Institute/Heroes in the Struggle Honors Taraji P. Henson, Laverne Cox, Vanessa Williams, Alfre Woodard, Gina Belafonte, and Gina Brown

17 hits p2 ebrite head no bg-crop-u909The Black AIDS Institute inducts a select group of individuals and organizations that have made commendable heroic contributions to the fight against HIV/AIDS in Black America. The 16th Annual Heroes in the Struggle Awards Presentation & Reception will be held on September 16, 2017, at the Darryl F. Zanuck Theater at 20th Century Fox Studios in Los Angeles at 6:00 PM.

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Empire’s Jussie Smollett to Hosts 16th Annual Heroes in the Struggle Awards Presentation & Reception at 20th Century Fox Studios

Founded in May 1999, the Black AIDS Institute is the only national HIV/AIDS think tank focused exclusively on the Black communities. Our motto is Our People, Our Problem, Our Solution. The Institute’s mission is to stop the AIDS pandemic in Black communities by engaging and mobilizing Black institutions, leaders, and individuals in efforts to confront HIV. The Institute interprets public and private sector HIV policies, conducts trainings, offers technical assistance, disseminates information and provides advocacy and mobilization from a uniquely and unapologetically Black point of view.

The 2017 inductees include Taraji P. Henson, Laverne Cox, Vanessa Williams, Alfre Woodard, Gina Belafonte, and Gina Brown. The 2017 Corporate Hero is Novant Health. Black AIDS Institute Board Member Jussie Smollett serves as Chair and Host. The 2017 theme is Black Men Honoring Black Women and celebrated R&B singer/songwriter Ledisi performs a special tribute. The awards presentation is produced by Russelli & Hall.

“At the age of fifteen, I began working with the Black AIDS Institute and I am proud to be a member of the Board of Directors,” said Smollett. “Although it is not spoken about like it used to, the AIDS epidemic is not over, especially in Black communities. I am humbled to pay tribute to these remarkable women in our community. Continue reading

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

Jergens® Skincare Provides A Glimpse Into The Lives Of The Women Of West Africa With The Premiere Of “Women’s Gold: The Empowering Story Of Shea Butter”

Jergens Skincare and Taraji P. Henson showcase how Shea Butter brings radiance to the lives of women around the world.

Jergens Skincare and Taraji P. Henson showcase how Shea Butter brings radiance to the lives of women around the world.

Known as Women’s Gold, Shea Butter is renowned for its radiance-boosting, moisturizing benefits—and its power to improve the lives of women in West Africa, where women are solely responsible for the harvesting of the precious ingredient. Jergens® Skincare is committed to uplifting these women and their families through the purchase of the Shea Butter infused into the new Jergens ®Shea Butter Collection.

The Jergens® skincare team visited these inspiring women in their native Ghana and shot a video chronicling their vital role in the Shea industry and showcasing how they bring radiance into the lives of women around the world. To voice the video, Jergens® Skincare turned to award-winning actress Taraji P. Henson—a truly radiant star and passionate supporter of women.

Jergens Shea Butter Collection Celebrates Women's Radiance

Jergens Shea Butter Collection Celebrates Women’s Radiance

The powerful, moving video provides a heartfelt, personal look inside the daily lives of the women who collect and harvest Shea nuts that eventually become Shea Butter. Women’s Gold is a source of immense pride for these women and reveals how it’s a fundamental part of their sense of beauty and the foundation of their economic independence. Continue reading