ESSENCE "Black Women in Hollywood Awards" (275182)

“Once we recognize what it is we are feeling, once we recognize we can feel deeply, love deeply, can feel joy, then we will demand that all parts of our lives produce that kind of joy.” — Audre Lord

Sister Lord’s words ring true. It’s in finding the joy within that helps others find it, as well. It’s in this spirit that ESSENCE once again presents their annual “Black Women in Hollywood Awards,” in Hollywood, Thursday, Feb. 21.

To celebrate the achievements of Black women, ESSENCE, the number-one media, technology, and commerce company serving Black women, revealed the four extraordinary honorees for its annual awards celebration.

This year’s brilliant “Black Women in Hollywood” honorees include actress Amandla Stenberg (“The Hate U Give”); actress/singer and author Jenifer Lewis (“Black-ish”); actress Kiki Layne (“If Beale Street Could Talk”); and actress/comedian Regina Hall (“Support the Girls”).

“We are proud to salute the marvelous work and stunning achievements of our 2019 Black Women in Hollywood awardees, who as a collective presence are challenging perceptions and impacting social change,” says MoAna Luu, chief creative and content officer for ESSENCE. “Through their craft and their commitment to causes, Amandla, Jenifer, Kiki, and Regina represent the dynamic intersection of art and activism that is influencing how we shape our own destiny.”

ESSENCE’s film noir-themed content throughout awards season will feature each “Black Women in Hollywood” honoree, including digital profiles and the debut of four customized magazine covers.

Stay tuned to for highlights and behind-the-scenes access to the ESSENCE “Black Women in Hollywood Awards.” Follow on Twitter and Instagram @essence #BlackWomeninHollywood. Join in the discussion on Facebook.