ESSENCE Spotlights Art + Activism at Oscar-Week Celebration: 2019 Black Women in Hollywood Awards Honoring Amandla Stenberg, Kiki Layne, Jenifer Lewis and Regina Hall

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ESSENCE,
the number one media, technology and commerce company serving Black
women, today revealed the four extraordinary honorees for its annual Black
Women in Hollywood Awards,
celebrating the global influence of
Hollywood’s leading female artist-activists—both in front of the camera
and behind-the-scenes. The highly-anticipated Oscar-week luncheon will
be held on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at the Beverly Wilshire in
Beverly Hills, CA.

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 Essence.com
for highlights and behind-the-scenes access to the Essence Black
Women in Hollywood Awards
. Follow us on Twitter
and Instagram
@essence #BlackWomeninHollywood. Join in the discussion on Facebook.

The ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards is
presented by The Ford Motor Company and sponsored by ATT.

About ESSENCE Communications Inc.

ESSENCE Communications is the number one media, technology and commerce
company dedicated to Black women and inspires a global audience of more
than 17 million through diverse storytelling and immersive original
content. With a multi-platform presence in publishing, experiential and
online, ESSENCE encompasses its signature magazine; digital, video and
social platforms; television specials; books; as well as live events,
including Black Women in Music, Black Women in Hollywood, Street Style
and the ESSENCE Festival. Essence Communications is owned by Essence
Ventures, an independent Black-owned, technology-driven company focused
on merging content, community and commerce to meet the evolving cultural
and lifestyle needs of people of color.