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ESSENCE to Host The 17th Annual Black Women in Hollywood Awards hosted by Method Man

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The glitz and glamour of Hollywood converge with the celebration of Black excellence as ESSENCE announces the illustrious honorees for its 17th annual Black Women in Hollywood Awards. Set against the backdrop of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles on March 7, 2024, this year’s honorees include Academy Award-nominated actress and Grammy Award winner Danielle Brooks, six-time Grammy-nominated singer and leading actress Halle Bailey, acclaimed screenwriter and showrunner Nkechi Okoro Carroll, and industry powerhouse Kathryn Busby, President of Original Programming for STARZ. The event, hosted by the acclaimed actor, Grammy Award-winning rapper, and entrepreneur Cliff “Method Man” Smith, promises to be an unforgettable night celebrating the trailblazing achievements of Black women in the entertainment industry.

Key Details:

  • Date & Location: March 7, 2024, at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles.
  • Host: Cliff “Method Man” Smith will emcee the event, adding his own flair to the proceedings.
  • Honorees: Danielle Brooks, Halle Bailey, Nkechi Okoro Carroll, and Kathryn Busby will be recognized for their exceptional contributions.
  • Theme: This year’s theme, “Radiant Power,” spotlights the resilience and influence of Black women in Hollywood, particularly in light of recent industry challenges.
  • Broadcast: The awards ceremony will be aired on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network and streamed on Max/discovery+ (date/time to be announced).
  • Sponsorship: Coca-Cola® Zero Sugar and smartwater® are the proud sponsors of the event.

    In anticipation of the ceremony, ESSENCE Studios and Red Summer TV will produce a one-hour primetime special, offering viewers an exclusive glimpse into the red carpet arrivals, highlights from the awards ceremony, and celebrity interviews. This partnership ensures that audiences worldwide can partake in the celebration of Black excellence.

ESSENCE President’s Statement:

Caroline Wanga, President and CEO of Essence Ventures, underscores the significance of honoring Black women in the entertainment industry, emphasizing their unwavering commitment to excellence despite ongoing challenges. Wanga’s words echo the sentiment that the intersection of joy and justice is where community thrives, and ESSENCE remains dedicated to amplifying the voices and achievements of Black women.

ESSENCE Hollywood House:

On March 8, 2024, the celebration continues with the fifth annual ESSENCE Hollywood House. Themed “Scripting Reel Change,” this event aims to equip aspiring filmmakers, actors, and entertainment enthusiasts with the tools needed to navigate and excel within the industry. Supported by Coca-Cola® Zero Sugar and smartwater®, attendees can expect a day filled with networking opportunities, mentoring sessions, and insightful programming.

Event Highlights:

  • Networking: Attendees will have the chance to connect with industry thought leaders, executives, and celebrities, fostering meaningful relationships and collaborations.
  • Mentoring: Interactive sessions and speed mentoring opportunities will provide attendees with invaluable guidance and advice for advancing their careers.
  • Featured,Programming: Fireside chats, panel discussions, and workshops will offer practical insights and strategies for success in the entertainment industry.
    Registration: Those interested in attending can register at, with virtual attendees able to stream the event online via, X, Facebook, and YouTube.

ESSENCE Communications, Inc. stands as the premier media, technology, and commerce company dedicated to Black women and communities. With a global audience exceeding 31 million, ESSENCE inspires through diverse storytelling, original content, and signature live events rooted in Culture, Equity, and Celebration.

About ESSENCE Ventures:

As part of the Sundial Group of Companies, ESSENCE Ventures is committed to advancing the global Black experience through economic advancements, community engagement, and cultural celebration. With a portfolio including Essence Communications, Inc., AFROPUNK, Beautycon, and Essence Studios, the company continues to uplift and empower Black communities worldwide.

The 17th Annual Black Women in Hollywood Awards and ESSENCE Hollywood House stand as testaments to the indomitable spirit and boundless talent of Black women in the entertainment industry. These events serve as platforms for celebration, empowerment, and inspiration, driving positive change and fostering a more inclusive and equitable future for all.


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