ESSENCE To Honor Lupita Nyong’o At Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon
It’s almost that time again. ESSENCE is set to host their annual star-studded Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon on Feb. 27 at the Beverly Hills Hotel. If you’re unfamiliar with the affair, it’s an annual luncheon hosted by ESSENCE magazine to “recognize the outstanding achievements of trailblazing women in film and television. The event will honor three of the year’s most impactful and inspiring talents, both in front of the camera and behind-the-scenes.”
This year, “12 Years a Slave” actress Lupita Nyong’o will be honored with the Black Women In Hollywood Award. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone will be honored with the Trailblazer Award and Ava DuVernay will also be honored with the Visionary Award. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act, performers who played important roles in the movement, such as Diahann Carroll, Nichelle Nichols, Jim Brown, Denise Nicholas and Clarence Williams III, will also be honored.
“2013 was an extraordinary year of breakthroughs in Hollywood, with the naming of Cheryl Boone Isaacs as the first African-American president of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the emergence of gifted actor Lupita Nyong’o as a rising star, Ava DuVernay’s Sundance, Spirit and Tribeca award wins, and the prominence of African-American leading men who created roles that displayed our diversity and humanity,”said ESSENCE Editor-in-Chief Vanessa K. Bush in a press release. “During the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, ESSENCE remains committed to honoring excellence in media both in front of and behind the camera.”
In the past, actresses such as Gabrielle Union, Taraji P. Henson and Queen Latifah have been honored at the annual luncheon.