This Is Why We Need Essence’s ‘Black Women In Hollywood’ Luncheon

debbie allen (1)Essence has officially released their powerhouse list for the 2016  “Black Women In Hollywood” Luncheon.

Noteworthy names on this list include Shonda Rhimes, Nick Cannon, Ryan Cooglar and Oprah Winfrey. Essence Editor-In-Chief  Vanessa De Luca issued a statement prior to the release of the list.

“We are delighted to continue the tradition of honoring exceptionally talented women who are making significant contributions as creators and performers in Hollywood. At a time when the conversation about diversity in Hollywood remains prevalent, recognizing the indomitable power and presence of Tracee Ellis Ross, Debbie Allen and Nina Shaw at our annual Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon embraces an inclusive and diverse Hollywood community.”

The black community ought to be forever grateful for media houses such as Essence for looking out for our artists, actors/actresses and all other influential black people for many, many years. Events such as  “Black Women In Hollywood,” in my opinion, are like a direct middle-finger gesture at the idiocy of Hollywood’s blatant and long-running diversity issues. I look forward to viewing the live broadcast of the luncheon.

Award recipients for this event include Debbie Allen, Tracee Ellis Ross, and entertainment attorney Nina Shaw. The event is set to be televised on OWN Network on Saturday, February  27.


By: Danielle Dixon

Follow her on Twitter: @tooprettydani

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