- Star-studded event to take place on March 7 at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
- Celebrating Black women’s contributions to the film and TV industry
- Awards ceremony to be hosted by Cliff “Method Man” Smith
- Special commendation for Danielle Brooks, Halle Bailey, Nkechi Okoro Carroll, and Kathryn Busby
- Airing on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network and streaming on Max/Discovery+
Essence Magazine’s highly anticipated 17th Annual Black Women in Hollywood Awards is set to honor four remarkable women for their outstanding contributions to the film and TV business. The star-studded event, taking place on March 7 at the prestigious Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, will celebrate the achievements and talents of Danielle Brooks, Halle Bailey, Nkechi Okoro Carroll, and Kathryn Busby. Hosted by the multi-talented actor, Grammy-winning rapper, and entrepreneur Cliff “Method Man” Smith, this glamorous affair promises to be an unforgettable night.
Recognizing Exceptional Talent
The decision to honor Danielle Brooks, Halle Bailey, Nkechi Okoro Carroll, and Kathryn Busby at the 17th Annual Black Women in Hollywood Awards comes as no surprise. These remarkable women have made significant strides in their respective fields and have garnered widespread acclaim for their exceptional talent and contributions.
Danielle Brooks: A Rising Star
Danielle Brooks, known for her powerful performances on stage and screen, has been nominated for her first Academy Awards for reprising her Tony-nominated and Grammy-winning role as Sofia in the musical reimagining of “The Color Purple.” Her remarkable talent and dedication have earned her a well-deserved place among Hollywood’s elite.
Halle Bailey: A Rising Sensation
Halle Bailey, one-half of the Grammy-nominated duo Chloe x Halle, has been making waves in the entertainment industry. Her recent solo Grammy nomination, along with her starring role as Ariel in Disney’s live-action adaptation of “The Little Mermaid” and her captivating performance in “The Color Purple,” have solidified her status as a rising sensation.
Nkechi Okoro Carroll: A Trailblazing Showrunner
Nkechi Okoro Carroll, the talented showrunner of NBC’s hit show “Found,” has been a force to be reckoned with in the television industry. Her exceptional work on “Found,” along with her successful shows “All American” and “All American: Homecoming,” has cemented her reputation as a trailblazer and innovator.
Kathryn Busby: A Visionary Leader
Kathryn Busby, the president of original programming at Starz, has played a pivotal role in the network’s success. With her oversight of the popular “Power” franchise and the upcoming “Outlander” prequel “Blood of My Blood,” Busby has proven herself to be a visionary leader in the industry.
A Night to Remember
The Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards ceremony, produced by Essence Studios and Red Summer TV, will be broadcast on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network and streamed on Max/Discovery+. This one-hour primetime special will provide viewers with an exclusive look into the star-studded event, featuring red carpet arrivals, interviews, and highlights from the awards presentation.
The Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards continues to shine a spotlight on the remarkable achievements and talents of Black women in the entertainment industry. The recognition of Danielle Brooks, Halle Bailey, Nkechi Okoro Carroll, and Kathryn Busby is a testament to their immense contributions and serves as inspiration for future generations. As Essence Ventures president and CEO Caroline Wanga stated, these women are the purveyors of the cinematic nutrients that nourish our spirits and souls. Let us celebrate their achievements and continue to support and uplift Black women in Hollywood.