The annual ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Awards is already one of the most anticipated events of Oscar week, but this year’s celebration just got even more exciting.
Award-winning musician, actress and co-host of The Talk, Eve, has been confirmed to host the 13th annual ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Awards at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, CA.
A first-time host of the coveted Oscar-week event, Eve will join in on what’s sure to be an unforgettable afternoon celebrating an extraordinary list of 2020 honorees that includes: EMMY Award-winning actress, comedian, director and producer Niecy Nash; DGA nominated director and two-time Grammy Award winning music video director Melina Matsoukas; actress Lashana Lynch; and the trailblazing cast and co-executive producer/director/writer of Pose (Janet Mock, Mj Rodriguez, Indya Moore, Dominique Jackson, Angelica Ross and Hailie Sahar).
“I’m honored to host the ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards this year,” said Eve. “This is such an important time for women in the world—especially working in the entertainment industry both in front of the camera and behind the scenes. ESSENCE is such an incredible brand that I’ve looked up to over the years, so I’m over the moon to be a part of this event!”
Rounding out a star-studded lineup of presenters are EMMY award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay; actress, producer and political activist Alfre Woodward; actress, author, director and producer Issa Rae and EMMY, GRAMMY and Tony award-winning actor Billy Porter.
The event will also feature a performance by Brittany Howard—lead vocalist/guitarist for the chart-topping, GRAMMY®-winning band Alabama Shakes.
In addition, ESSENCE’s Oscar week activities will culminate with the launch of the inaugural ESSENCE House: Hollywood Edition, which will be held on Friday, February 7th. This communal space will provide a catalyst for diverse creatives to connect and collaborate through an interactive program. The event will feature a curated schedule of panels, workshops and screenings focused on uplifting emerging storytellers through the mentorship of established Hollywood movers and shakers.
ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood is presented by Ford and sponsored by AT&T Humanity of Connection, Coca-Cola, Geico, Hulu, L’Oréal Paris, McDonald’s and Netflix.