Airing for the second consecutive year, OWN and ESSENCE announced today the star-studded primetime television event, the 2016 “ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards,” will air Saturday, February 27 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on OWN, during the week leading up to the Academy Awards.
With the awards, ESSENCE will spotlight the top African American women who are pushing the limits, raising the bar and breaking through barriers in both film and television.
The special will feature exclusive backstage interviews, red-carpet highlights and intimate reflections from some of the most extraordinary African American women in film and television.
Honors at the ninth annual ceremony include actress Tracee Ellis Ross (Fierce & Fearless Award); producer, director and actress Debbie Allen (Legend Award); and entertainment attorney Nina Shaw (Lincoln Power Award).
The event will also include a performance by R&B artist Leon Bridges, as well as appearances by Oprah Winfrey, Shonda Rhimes, Nick Cannon, Ryan Coogler, Zendaya and more.
This year’s event, held at the famed Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California honors “The Power of our Presence.”
“The ‘ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards’ have become one of the most celebrated occasions in Hollywood, providing a platform to showcase and elevate the achievements of African-American women in entertainment,” said Sheri Salata, president, OWN. “We are honored to partner with ESSENCE for the second year in a row to bring this intimate and powerful event to television, recognizing these trailblazing women.”
“We are pleased to once again partner with OWN to elevate the images of Black women in Hollywood,” noted ESSENCE President Michelle Ebanks. “This Awards Season, as diversity in Hollywood dominates the conversation, ESSENCE is proud to continue the tradition of recognizing the talents and contributions of dynamic women such as Tracee Ellis Ross, Debbie Allen and Nina Shaw, who are on the leading edge of creating, performing and inspiring us all through their craft.”
The special is produced by IMG. Visit Essence.com and Oprah.com/Essence for more information and join the conversation on social using #BlackWomenInHollywood.