The 10th anniversary of Time Inc.’s Essence “Black Women in Hollywood Awards,” will air as a primetime television event on Sunday, March 5 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on OWN. For the past decade, the star-studded celebration has been at the forefront of spotlighting Hollywood’s most creative and accomplished African-American female visionaries both in front of the camera and behind the scenes. Airing for the third year on OWN, the celebration will honor Hollywood’s “Next Generation,” young women who are excelling and elevating their crafts.
“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,” ESSENCE editor-in-chief Vanessa K. De Luca said in a statement. “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.”
Triple-threat actress/musician/entertainer Janelle Monáe (Hidden Figures, Moonlight) receives the Breakthrough Award; groundbreaking actress/writer/producer Issa Rae (Insecure) receives the Vanguard Award; standout actress Aja Naomi King (How to Get Away with Murder) receives the Lincoln Shining Star Award; and dynamic actress Yara Shahidi (Black-ish) receives the Generation Next Award. Actress/producer Gabrielle Union (Being Mary Jane) will serve as the program’s host. This year’s event, was held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.