This annual celebration is one of the most sought after events in Los Angeles, honoring African American talent in all areas of the industry.
Five stand-out ladies will be recognized for their sheer ability to transform on camera, take audience to a fantasy place behind the scenes, and compose some of the greatest works the world has ever seen.
This year, Essence is recognizing Kerry Washington (Vanguard Award), Octavia Spencer (Breakthrough Performance), Pam Grier (Legend Award), Paula Patton (Shining Star Award) and Shonda Rhimes (Visionary Award presented by Lincoln).
“Black women actors, writers, directors and producers still lack diverse opportunities in Hollywood and, unfortunately, are often overlooked during awards season,” commented ESSENCE Editor-in-Chief Constance White. “The Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon exists to provide a fitting tribute to the brilliant talent and accomplishments of African-American trailblazers like Kerry, Pam, Paula, Octavia and Shonda and celebrate their collective work as an inspiration for generations to come.”
The event will take place on Feb. 23 and will stream live from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PST and will re-air at 9 p.m. E.T. the same evening.