The ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards annually highlights the significant contributions of African American women throughout the entertainment industry. This coming awards gala is primed to be on the best ceremonies that ESSENCE has ever put on and it the lineup is filled with a “who’s who” of attendees.

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The event will be hosted by R&B diva and American Soul actress Kelly Rowland with Regina King, Sanaa Lathan, and Elaine Welteroth all confirmed as presenters for the 12th annual awards in Beverly Hills, CA on Thursday, February 21.

Adding to the “Black Girl Magic” on stage will be a performance by award-winning singer and actress Amber Riley.  This year, ESSENCE celebrates the global influence of Hollywood’s leading female artist-activists and will honor actress Amandla Stenberg (The Hate U Give), actress/singer and author Jenifer Lewis (Black-ish), actress Kikoi Layne (If Beale Street Could Talk) and actress Regina Hall (Shaft). All are invited to join the at #BlackWomenInHollywood Facebook live stream on Thursday, February 21st at 11:15 AM PST. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @essence #BlackWomeninHollywood and join in on the discussion on Facebook.


“I’m so honored to host this year’s ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards and shine a light on four exceptional women for their art and social activism,” said Kelly Rowland. “With this phenomenal Oscar-week celebration, ESSENCE creates a special place that elevates the beauty, power and magic of Black women.”

Since its beginnings in 1970, ESSENCE, has been the number one media, technology and commerce company serving Black women. The magazine covers fashion, lifestyle, and beauty, with an intimate girlfriend-to-girlfriend tone, and its slogan “Fierce, Fun, and Fabulous.”

The ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards is presented by The Ford Motor Company and sponsored by AT&T, L’Oréal Paris, Walmart, Geico, and Warner Bros.