In celebration of the Oscar week 2018, Essence magazine released a new collector’s edition with stunning images of Black women in Hollywood: ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood: A Salute to Trailblazers at the Oscars.
The cover features Academy Award-nominated film icon and Black Panther star, Angela Bassett. ESSENCE’s special Collector’s Edition is a visual chronicle of the intrepid strides African- American actresses have made in Hollywood over the years. Beautifully highlighted in the commemorative piece are all of the phenomenal Black women who have either won, or been nominated for, Best Actress or Best Supporting Actress over the years. Legendary performers Hattie McDaniel, Cicely Tyson, Diana Ross, and Diahann Carroll, as well as today’s trailblazing Oscar® winners Lupita Nyong’o and Viola Davis, are among those featured in the special collector’s edition. The feature is sure to provide an unforgettable walk down memory lane for film enthusiasts everywhere.
Vanessa De Luca, ESSENCE Editor-in-Chief noted that the team realized after much reflection on this year’s Oscars, that a collection had never been done with a specific focus on all the Black women who have either won or/and been nominated for an Academy Award. This edition challenges the narrative away from just the issue of diversity on the big screen and showcases the glory of Black women in Hollywood in a way that has never been seen before.
ESSENCE kicked off the 2018 Oscar week festivities with the highly-anticipated 11th annual ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards, which shines a spotlight on Hollywood’s most innovative and accomplished visionaries. Held on Thursday, March 1st, at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, this year’s event honored the achievements of 4 extraordinary young women: Emmy-award winning writer/actress Lena Waithe; actress/award-winning playwright Danai Gurira; actress/activist Tessa Thompson and comedienne/award-winning actress Tiffany Haddish.