Each February, since 2008, ESSENCE has hosted an exclusive pre-Oscars soiree to honor the best and brightest Black women in Hollywood. From Diahann Carroll to Cecily Tyson, Oprah Winfrey to Lupita Nyong'o, the annual luncheon is that time of the year where we can celebrate the women who illuminate positive images of us, on-screen or behind-the-scenes. As we gear up for the 10th annual soiree on February 23, we're taking a look back at all our honorees through the years.
Jada Pinkett Smith
Will Smith presented wife Jada Pinkett Smith with the Power Award at the very first Essence Black Women in Hollywood luncheon in 2008.
Oprah Winfrey and Sidney Poitier congratulate Motion Picture Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs (right) who was honored with the Trailblazer award for her leadership in the film on stage at the 7th annual ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood luncheon in 2014.
The legendary costume designer (Selma, Being Mary Jane, Malcolm X, and many more) was honored with the Visionary award at the 8th annual ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood luncheon in 2015.
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At the 2016 Black Women in Hollywood luncheon, Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross took home the Fierce & Fearless award, iconic director, producer and actress Debbie Allen was honored with the Legend award, and entertainment attorney Nina Shaw was presented with the Lincoln Power award.