ESSENCE and Paley Center Celebrate 10th Anniversary of Black Women In Hollywood Awards With Exhibition

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The exhibition will photos, memorabilia and footage from the past nine years of ESSENCE's "Black Women in Hollywood" Awards

On the eve of Essence's 10th annual Black Women in Hollywood event, the leading publication for African-American women has announced a new collaboration with the Paley Center for Media. Debuting this month is The Power of Our Presence—An Exhibition Celebrating the 10 Year Anniversary of the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards.

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The exhibition will feature a collection of timeless pieces that include everything from Tracee Ellis Ross's medical scrubs on Black-ish to some of those fabulous designer coats Kerry Washington wears on Scandal. Also on display will be memorabilia, photos and footage from the past nine years of the star-studded gathering.

“We are beyond thrilled to partner with the Paley Center to present the Power of Our Presence exhibit—as Essence prepares to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Black Women in Hollywood Awards," said Essence President Michelle Ebanks. “Experience the magic of the red carpet as it comes to life and shines a spotlight on the most influential and pioneering women in Hollywood."

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What was traditionally a luncheon to honor image makers, the annual Black Women in Hollywood Awards will now be an evening gala held at the Beverly Wilshire on Feb 23. Past honorees include Oprah Winfrey, Lupita Nyong'o, Ava DuVernay, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson and many more.

“We are so honored to partner with Essence in presenting this powerful exhibit in support of its special milestone anniversary,” said Maureen J. Reidy, the Paley Center’s President and CEO. Adding, “The Paley Center is proud of its ongoing commitment to preserving and celebrating African American achievements in television. This Essence exhibit is a signature part of our Black History Month celebration, which also includes screenings, educational activities and an onsite showcase of our own recent tribute.”

The Power of Our Presence exhibit will be open at the Paley Center’s Beverly Hills location (465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210) from Wednesday, February 8 to Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

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