*The honorees for the 2020 Black Women in Hollywood Awards have been unveiled!
They include Emmy Award-winning actress, comedian, director and producer Niecy Nash, DGA nominated director and two-time Grammy Award-winning music video director Melina Matsoukas, actress Lashana Lynch, and the trailblazing cast and co-executive producer/director/writer of “Pose,” Janet Mock, Mj Rodriguez, Indya Moore, Dominique Jackson, Angelica Ross and Hailie Sahar.
The invitation-only Oscar-week event – spotlighting Hollywood’s most renowned and accomplished women at the forefront of the industry – will be held on Thursday, February 6 at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, CA.
This year’s theme, in honor of the brand’s 50th anniversary, will be a celebration of women owning, expanding and transforming the art of storytelling.
“For fifty years, Essence has remained committed to portraying and highlighting the triumphs, aspirations and dynamic lives of Black women,” said Michelle Ebanks, CEO of Essence Communications, Inc. “The Essence Black Women in Hollywood luncheon has become an amazing platform to recognize and honor the unparalleled talents of Black women in an industry that often hasn’t. We celebrate all of our honorees this year for their fearlessness and strength as they boldly continue to own their narratives and share our stories.”
The star-studded list of presenters will include Emmy, Grammy and Tony award-winning actor Billy Porter and more.
“Essence is thrilled to commemorate the creative and critical achievements of Black women as originators, nurturers, makers and creators during our 13th Black Women in Hollywood awards luncheon,” said MoAna Luu, Essence Chief Content & Creative Officer. “Whether they’re reclaiming our culture or dismantling traditional gender ideas, each of our honorees uplift us as they present their unique gifts on the screen and behind the camera. As Essence celebrates 50 years of the power of our presence, we are proud to salute them all.”
Essence Black Women in Hollywood is presented by Ford and sponsored by AT&T Humanity of Connection, Geico, L’Oréal Paris and Netflix.
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