Every year, Essence, one of the biggest entertainment forces in the country, organizes an event to honor outstanding black women in the industry.
Scheduled to hold next month just before the Oscars, this year’s event will see Essence acknowledge four extraordinary women.
Black Women in Hollywood offers a platform to honor the phenomenal work of dynamic black women in the industry.
Not only that, it recognizes the work of those whose work has served to change the game while elevating their culture at the same time.
This year’s edition of the elegant event will finally recognize the mind boggling talent that is a comedian and actress, Tiffany Haddish.
— ESSENCE (@Essence) February 6, 2018
Tiffany Haddish is no newbie to Hollywood as she has starred in various roles on television and in film.
Now thirty-eight years of age, Tiffany Haddish gained prominence as Jackie on the first season of the OWN television drama If Loving You Is Wrong from 2014 to 2015.
The next two years would only serve to increase her stock as an actress as she starred as Nekeisha Williams on the NBC sitcom The Carmichael Show.
2017 however, was a breakout year for Tiffany Haddish.
The world was not prepared for her level of skill and acting nous which she showed as one of the lead characters in the movies ‘Girls Trip’.
The role proved to be a gateway to endless opportunities for Haddish, whose authentic persona and compelling backstory has only made her star shine even brighter.
The movie also cemented Tiffany Haddish’ status as a bankable star going on to gross over $140 million on a budget of $19 million.
The world was left wanting more after her stellar performance as Dina in the movie and the thirty-eight-year-old promptly delivered.
The film’s July release was followed by the dawn of her Showtime comedy special, Tiffany Haddish: She Ready! From the Hood to Hollywood.
That wasn’t all as there was still more history to be made for Tiffany Haddish.
Just three months after her Showtime comedy special, Tiffany Haddish became the first black woman comedienne to host Saturday Night Live.
The comedian and actress then gave a master class on finishing strong as she closed out 2017 with the December release of her memoir, The Last Black Unicorn.
Other women who will be honored at the historic event include Emmy Award-winning writer and actress Lena Waithe, actress/award-winning playwright Danai Gurira, and actress/activist Tessa Thompson.
A statement from Essence read,
‘The event will honor four extraordinary young Black women in film and television whose fearless approach to navigating Hollywood has inspired those around them and taken the concept of representation to new heights’.
Editor-in-chief Vanessa De Luca also said,
‘As the modern feminist movement continues to gain prominence during Awards season, women are emboldened to not only speak up but to stand together’
‘Essence proudly salutes Lena, Danai, Tessa, and Tiffany for being remarkable artists shining beyond the screen, and raising their voices to benefit all women’
2018’s Black Women in Hollywood Awards luncheon will be held on Thursday, March 1, at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, CA.