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.

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Yolanda Sangweni
Jan, 25, 2016

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