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ESSENCE Announces the 7th Annual Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon Presenters

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Lupita Nyong’o and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs at the arrival for the 86th Oscar’s Nominee’s Luncheon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel
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ESSENCE is gearing up for the 7th Annual Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon and has tapped some amazing presenters to honor the top African American women in the film industry this year.

Oscar-nominated actress Lupita Nyong'o, Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs and award-winning director/writer Ava DuVernay will be presented with awards by some of their equally impactful peers including Sidney Poitier, Oprah Winfrey, Alfre Woodard, Kerry Washington, David Oyelowo, Spike Lee, Tonya Lewis Lee and Danai Gurira. 

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the event will also pay tribute to legendary performers who served as champions of the Civil Rights Movement including Nichelle Nichols, Jim Brown, Denise Nicholas and Clarence Williams III, among others. 

The grand celebration is a part of ESSENCE's commitment to uplift the Black women in Hollywood who are making strides in front of and behind the camera. We will be joined by very special guests including Kelly Rowland, Angela Basset, Regina King, Brandy Norwood, Gayle King, Loretta Devine and many, many more. 

Don't forget to tune in on February 27 to catch our exclusive coverage of the red carpet action through a live stream hosted here on ESSENCE.com at 1:30 p.m. EST.

PHOTO GALLERY: Exclusive: ESSENCE 2013 'Black Women in Hollywood' Photo Booth

  • Gabrielle Union poses for a portrait at the 2013 ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel in California.
  • Michael Ealy poses for a portrait at the 2013 ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel in California.
  • Quvenzhane Wallis poses for a portrait at the 2013 ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel in California.
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