It’s officially February, which means Black History Month is being celebrated. And with March being Women’s History Month, it’s only right to combine the two forces into one.

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On Thursday March 7th, ESSENCE will be hosting their 17th annual Black Women in Hollywood Awards in Los Angeles, California, celebrating the cinematic achievements of those in Hollywood. The highly-anticipated event will be hosted by the one and only Method Man, taking place at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

This year’s nominees include Academy Award-nominated actress and Grammy award-winner Danielle Brooks, six-time Grammy nominated-singer and leading actress Halle Bailey, industry powerhouse and President of Original Programming for STARZ Kathryn Busby, and acclaimed screenwriter and showrunner of All American Nkechi Okoro Carroll.


ESSENCE will continue its celebration of Black film and television luminaries at the fifth annual ESSENCE Hollywood House, which will be held one day after on Friday, March 8th in Los Angeles. The experience for aspiring filmmakers, actors and TV & film enthusiasts, will include a day of networking, mentoring and skill-building to educate and inspire the community, while highlighting the vast spectrum of Black excellence. Industry thought leaders, executives and celebrities will take part in thoughtful programming including fireside chats, panel discussions, speed mentoring sessions, and more, providing attendees with real-life action plans for growth within the industry. 

Los Angeles-based attendees can register at: and virtual attendees can stream the festivities live on ESSENCE.comXFacebookand YouTube.