Essence magazine has announced the honorees for its prestigious “Black Women in Hollywood Awards” and it’s full of major power players in entertainment.
The annual event, hosted during Oscar’s week, will honor Emmy-award winning writer/actress Lena Waithe; actress/award-winning playwright Danai Gurira; actress/activist Tessa Thompson and comedian/award-winning actress Tiffany Haddish.
“As the modern feminist movement continues to gain prominence during Awards season, women are emboldened to not only speak up, but to stand together,” said ESSENCE Editor-in- Chief Vanessa De Luca in a press release. “ESSENCE proudly salutes Lena, Danai, Tessa and Tiffany for being remarkable artists shining beyond the screen, and raising their voices to benefit all women.”
The Black Women in Hollywood Awards follows Essence’s Black Women in Music event during Grammy Week in New York. Hip hop pioneer Missy Elliott was honored for her contributions in music.