"Essence" magazine announced its second annual Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon to be held during Oscar Week on February 19, 2009 at the Beverly Hills Hotel. This star-studded event will honor four of Hollywood's finest who have helped to change and inspire positive images of Black women in television and film--both in front of the camera and behind-the-scenes. The Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon commemorates Essence magazine's annual Hollywood issue. The esteemed honorees for the 2009 event include: Halle Berry (Power Award), Gina Prince-Bythewood (Visionary Award), Diahann Carroll (Legend Award) and Taraji P. Henson (Lexus Star to Watch Award).
The 2008 inaugural event, which honored Jada Pinkett-Smith (Power Award), Ruby Dee (Legend Award), Suzanne de Passe (Visionary Award) and Jurnee Smollett (Lexus Star to Watch Award), hosted A-List stars including Will Smith, Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, Kerry Washington, Star Jones and more; who all graced the red carpet leaving fans and stylistas overwhelmed by Hollywood glamour, beauty and style.
"Essence is in awe of our 2009 Black Women in Hollywood honorees - all of whom are inspirational trailblazers in both Hollywood and within the African-American community," said Essence editor-in-chief Angela Burt-Murray. "By presenting the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon, we continue our legacy of supporting and celebrating the accomplishments of actresses such as Halle, Diahann and Taraji and filmmakers such as Gina, who all embody excellence in Hollywood both in front of and behind the camera."
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