ESSENCE is getting ready for their 9th annual Black Women in Hollywood event! To announce a few women who have already won awards, they are Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross with the Fierce & Fearless award, iconic director, producer and actress Debbie Allen with the Legend award, and entertainment attorney Nina Shaw will be presented with the Lincoln Power award.
ESSENCE Editor-in-Chief Vanessa K. De Luca points out the importance of the event, especially with nowadays actors boycotting the Academy awards and such controversies going on:
“We are delighted to continue the tradition of honoring exceptionally talented women who are making significant contributions as creators and performers in Hollywood. At a time when the conversation about diversity in Hollywood remains prevalent, recognizing the indomitable power and presence of Tracee Ellis Ross, Debbie Allen and Nina Shaw at our annual Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon embraces an inclusive and diverse Hollywood community.”
The show will feature other important awards, along with appearances by Oprah Winfrey, Shonda Rhimes, Nick Cannon, Ryan Coogler and Zendaya to name a few.
If you would like to watch the event in full, check out the live stream on ESSENCE.com starting at 12:15 p.m. PT/3:15 p.m ET on February 25. Also, if you can’t get access to a computer it’ll be on TV on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network airing Saturday, February 27 at 10 p.m ET/PT on OWN.