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"ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards & Gala" Primetime Special to Air on OWN Sunday. March 5
3/3/2017 2:40:53 PM

Yara Shahidi

Janelle Monáe

Issa Rae

Gabrielle Union

The 10th anniversary of Time Inc.'s Essence "Black Women in Hollywood Awards," will air as a primetime television event on Sunday, March 5 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on OWN. 

For the past decade, the star-studded celebration has been at the forefront of spotlighting Hollywood's most creative and accomplished African-American female visionaries both in front of the camera and behind the scenes.

To watch a sneak peek, click here (with embed code):

Airing for the third year on OWN, the celebration will honor Hollywood's "Next Generation," young women who are excelling and elevating their crafts.

Triple-threat actress/musician/entertainer Janelle Monáe("Hidden Figures," "Moonlight") receives the Breakthrough Award; groundbreaking actress/writer/producerIssa Rae ("Insecure") receives the Vanguard Award; standout actress Aja Naomi King ("How to Get Away with Murder") receives the Lincoln Shining Star Award; and dynamic actress Yara Shahidi ("Black-ish) receives the Generation Next Award.

Actress/producer Gabrielle Union ("Being Mary Jane") will also be featured in the evening's program.

This year's event, held at the famed Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, shifted from a daytime luncheon to an evening gala for the first time.

The special is produced by Time Inc. Studios for the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Visit and  for more information and join the conversation on social using the #BlackWomenInHollywood hashtag. 


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