Essence has announced the honorees of this year’s Black Women in Hollywood Awards, and among them are Emmy-award winning actress Sheryl Lee Ralph.

The event, which celebrates Black women who are making their marks and helping to define what it means to be a Black woman in Hollywood, will also honor Tara Duncan, the president of the Freeform and Onyx Collective; The Woman King director Gina Prince-Bythewood and Wakanda Forever actress Dominique Thorne.

“For more than a decade and a half, Essence has championed the Black Women in Hollywood Awards to commemorate the Black women who are the story makers, storytellers, story-doers, and story-sharers that cultivate the entertainment ecosystem that the world cherishes and loves deeply,” says Caroline Wanga, president and CEO of Essence Ventures, LLC. “We are privileged to have this sacred platform that illuminates the on-going accomplishments of Black women at our annual luncheon in its 16th year since inception. Whether the world acknowledges it or not, Black women are the CEOs of home, culture and community and because of that role, when you engage with her, you engage with the Black community as a whole.” 

The Black Women in Hollywood Awards will take place March 9 at the Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles, California.

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