Essence magazine isn’t forgetting about the brothas this year. The iconic women’s magazine will celebrate both genders during their annual Black Women In Hollywood event this year.
Black Men in Hollywood: A Year in Film will kick off a day before the 7th annual Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon. According to a press release, the celebratory dinner will “spotlight the actors who represented many of the most compelling and outstanding performances in 2013.” It will be host by Tracee Ellis Ross on Feb. 26 in Los Angeles.
As scheduled, the luncheon will take place in Beverly Hills on Feb. 27. This year’s honorees will include Lupita Nyong’o (Best Breakthrough Performance), Ava DuVernay (Visionary Award) and Cheryl Boone Isaacs (Trailblazer Award).
“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. “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.”
Last year’s honorees included Gabrielle Union, Mara Brock-Akil, Alfre Woodard and Quvenzhane Wallis.