Time Inc.’s Essence Honors Powerhouse Actress Tracee Ellis Ross, Legendary Director/Producer/Actress Debbie Allen and Entertainment Attorney Nina Shaw at the 9th Annual Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon Thursday, February 25

Featured Appearances by Oprah Winfrey, Shonda Rhimes Nick Cannon,
Ryan Coogler, Leon Bridges, Zendaya and More to Be Announced

Red Carpet to Live Stream on Essence.com and Event to Be Televised As
an OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Primetime Special on Saturday, February 27

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, Time Inc.’s (NYSE:TIME) ESSENCE announced the exceptional
honorees for its 9th annual Black Women in Hollywood
underscoring the spirit of diversity in one of Oscar
week’s highly anticipated and star-studded events. The 2016 Black
Women in Hollywood
Award will be presented to
powerhouse actress Tracee Ellis Ross (Fierce & Fearless Award);
multi-talented producer, director and actress Debbie Allen (Legend
Award); and entertainment attorney Nina Shaw (Lincoln Power
Award). The event will take place on Thursday, February 25.

“We are delighted to continue the tradition of honoring exceptionally
talented women who are making significant contributions as creators and
performers in Hollywood,” noted ESSENCE Editor-in-Chief Vanessa De
. “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.”

As a part of ESSENCE’s commitment to creating opportunities for women in
Hollywood, the brand is hosting its third annual Black Women in
Short Film Contest and will announce the winning filmmaker
at this year’s event.

The event will also feature appearances by Oprah Winfrey, Shonda Rhimes,
Nick Cannon, Ryan Coogler, Zendaya and others to be announced. Acclaimed
R&B artist Leon Bridges will perform. The ESSENCE Black
Women in Hollywood
Luncheon will be televised as
an ESSENCE and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network special, airing on Saturday,
February 27 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on OWN.

is giving fans exclusive access to the style and substance of the ESSENCE
Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon by live streaming
all the red-carpet action, including interviews with the stars, starting
at 12:15 p.m. PT/3:15 p.m. ET.

Since its debut in 2008, the ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood
Luncheon has honored some of the most cherished figures in
the industry, including Oprah Winfrey, Lupita Nyong’o, Ava DuVernay,
Halle Berry, Viola Davis, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Angela Bassett, Queen
Latifah, Alfre Woodard, Regina King, Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson,
Jennifer Hudson, Zoe Saldana, Mary J. Blige, Gabourey Sidibe, Quvenzhané
Wallis, Jurnee Smollett, Ruby Dee, Diahann Carroll, Cicely Tyson,
Loretta Devine, Naomie Harris, Gabrielle Union, Mara Brock Akil,
Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ruth E. Carter, Gina Prince-Bythewood and Suzanne de

As a highlight of Oscar week, this elegant luncheon has hosted many of
Hollywood’s elite, including Tom Cruise, Will Smith, Amy Adams, Emma
Stone, Samuel L. Jackson, Forest Whitaker, James Cameron, Terrence
Howard and Laurence Fishburne, among many others.

Stay tuned to Essence.com
for highlights and behind-the-scenes access to the ESSENCE Black
Women in Hollywood Luncheon
. Follow us on Twitter
and Instagram
@essencemag #BlackWomeninHollywood. Join in the discussion on Facebook.

The ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon
is presented by The Lincoln Motor Company and sponsored by
L’Oréal Paris, Colgate®
Optic White®, Geico, Walmart
and AT&T.


Time Inc. (NYSE:TIME) is one of the world’s leading media companies,
with a monthly global print audience of over 120 million and worldwide
digital properties that attract more than 150 million visitors each
month, including over 60 websites. Our influential brands include
People, Sports Illustrated, InStyle, Time, Real Simple, and Southern
Living, as well as more than 50 diverse titles in the United Kingdom.


ESSENCE Communications Inc. (ECI) is the number one media company
dedicated to African-American women, with a multi-platform presence in
publishing, live events and online. The company’s flagship publication,
ESSENCE magazine, is the preeminent lifestyle magazine for
African-American women, generating brand extensions such as the ESSENCE
Festival, ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood and Black Women in Music,
Window on Our Women and Smart Beauty consumer insights series, the
and ventures in digital media (mobile, television and VOD). For over 45
years, ESSENCE, which has a brand reach of 14.2 million, has been the
leading source of cutting-edge information and specific solutions
relating to every area of African-American women’s lives. Additional
information about ECI and ESSENCE is available at www.essence.com.


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