Are you a fashion lover who’s obsessed with some of Kerry Washington’s most memorable outfits from “Scandal?” Can you not get enough of Taraji P. Henson in “Empire?” Do you absolutely love Tracee Ellis Ross from “Black-ish?” Well, thanks to the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, and Essence, the leading brand for African-American women, fans will get to experience “The Power of Our Presence – An Exhibition Celebrating the 10 Year Anniversary of the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards.”
Essence’s esteemed Black Women in Hollywood Awards is the annual Oscar-week luncheon which shines a light on Hollywood’s most talented visionaries. On its 10th year, the event, which takes place on Feb. 23, will mark the occasion of their very first evening gala. Since 2008, the awards have honored some of the most accomplished figures in the industry, including Oprah Winfrey, Lupita Nyong'o, Ava DuVernay, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Taraji P. Henson.
This year, as Essence partners with the Paley Center, fans can join in the fun and get to see firsthand archived memorabilia, as well as photos and footage from the luncheon’s nine-year history. You’ll also get to see images from past honorees, special video messages from Angela Bassett and Lynn Whitfield, compilation footage of some the event’s most touching acceptance speeches, and more.
The exhibit is a highlight of this year’s Black History Month celebration at the Paley Center. It will open to the public on Wednesday, Feb. 8 and run through Tuesday, Feb. 28.
"The Power of Our Presence" is presented by AT&T and the Minority Business Development Agency.