Janelle Monáe, Issa Rae, Aja Naomi King, Yara Shahidi Honored at 10th Annual Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards & Gala

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( ENSPIRE ENTERTAINMENT ) Janelle Monáe, Issa Rae, Aja Naomi King, Yara Shahidi Honored at 10th Annual Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards & Gala

10th ANNUAL ESSENCE BLACK WOMEN IN HOLLYWOOD AWARDS & GALA
The ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Awards & Gala was televised as an ESSENCE and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network special, airing on last night on  OWN.

ESSENCE, the preeminent brand for African-American women, proudly honored remarkable moments and performers in film and television at yesterday’s 10th annual ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Awards & Gala. Honoring Hollywood’s “Next Generation” the 2017 ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood awards were presented to Janelle Monáe, Issa Rae, Aja Naomi King and Yara Shahidi.

Known as one of  Oscar week’s most exalted and star-studded events, the red carpet included celebrity appearances and guests such as Gabrielle Union, Shonda Rhimes, Viola Davis, Pharrell Williams, Common, Tracee Ellis Ross, Jurnee Smollet-Bell, Laverne Cox, Alfre Woodard, Holly Robinson Pete, Sherri Shepard, Tyrese Gibson, Alfred Enoch, Letoya Luckett, Quvenzhane Wallis, Debbie Allen, Tina Knowles-Lawson, Loni Love, Margaret Avery amongst others. Cynthia Erivo offered a heart-wrenching solo performance between honoree acceptances.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – FEBRUARY 23: Honoree Janelle Monae, actor Tracee Ellis Ross and honoree Yara Shahidi at Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 23, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images for Essence)

Powerhouse actress Aja Naomi King was presented the Lincoln Shining Star Award by Viola Davis. Multi-talented singer, songwriter, actress and model Janelle Monáe was presented the Breakthrough Award by Pharrell Williams. Issa Rae was presented the Vanguard Award by Debbie Allen and Yara Shahidi was presented the Generation Next Award by Tracee Ellis Ross. 

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – FEBRUARY 23: Actor Debbie Allen and Pharrell Williams at Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 23, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for Essence)

The ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards & Gala was presented by The Lincoln Motor Company and sponsored by AT&T, Coca-Cola, Colgate® Optic White®, GEICO, L’Oréal Paris, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Walmart.

Please visit Essence.com for highlights and behind-the-scenes footage from the ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards & Gala.  Follow Essence on Twitter @essenceonline #BlackWomenInHollywood and join in the discussion at www.facebook.com/essence.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – FEBRUARY 23: Actor Alfre Woodard at Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 23, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images for Essence)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – FEBRUARY 23: Actor Shonda Rhimes at Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 23, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images for Essence)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – FEBRUARY 23: Actor Meagan Good and Tamara Bass at Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 23, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images for Essence)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – FEBRUARY 23: Actor Aisha Hinds at Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 23, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images for Essence)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – FEBRUARY 23: Tai Beauchamp at Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 23, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images for Essence)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – FEBRUARY 23: Editor in Chief at Essence Magazine Vanessa K. De Luca (L) and Common at Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 23, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images for Essence)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – FEBRUARY 23: Actor Kelly McCreary at Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 23, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images for Essence)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – FEBRUARY 23: Actor Terry Pheto at Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 23, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images for Essence)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – FEBRUARY 23: Bevy Smith at Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 23, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images for Essence)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – FEBRUARY 23: Actors Laverne Cox (L) and Adrienne C. Moore at Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 23, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images for Essence)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – FEBRUARY 23: Tina Knowles at Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 23, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images for Essence)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – FEBRUARY 23: Actor Kofi Siriboe at Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 23, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images for Essence)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – FEBRUARY 23: Actor Alfred Enoch at Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 23, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images for Essence)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – FEBRUARY 23: TV personality Demetria Lucas D’Oyley at Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 23, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images for Essence)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – FEBRUARY 23: Actor Yvonne Orji at Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 23, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images for Essence)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – FEBRUARY 23: Actor Aja Naomi King at Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 23, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images for Essence)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – FEBRUARY 23: Honoree Issa Rae (L) and Louis Diame at Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 23, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images for Essence)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – FEBRUARY 23: Sherri Shepherd at Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 23, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images for Essence)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – FEBRUARY 23: Vanessa Bell Calloway at Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 23, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images for Essence)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – FEBRUARY 23: Comedian Loni Love at Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 23, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images for Essence)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – FEBRUARY 23: Actor Viola Davis at Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 23, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images for Essence)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – FEBRUARY 23: Football player Antoine Harris at Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 23, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images for Essence)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – FEBRUARY 23: Actor Margaret Avery at Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 23, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images for Essence)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – FEBRUARY 23: Actor Jurnee Smollett-Bell at Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 23, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images for Essence)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – FEBRUARY 23: Actor LeToya Luckett at Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 23, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images for Essence)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – FEBRUARY 23: Actor Teyonah Parris at Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 23, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images for Essence)

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