The Color Purple actresses Danielle Brooks and Halle Bailey are among the honorees at the upcoming Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards.
Brooks played Sofia in the film and Bailey portrayed young Nettie. The two actress-singers also contributed songs to the soundtrack. The movie musical leads this year’s NAACP Image Award nominations with 16 nods. Brooks is also nominated for an Academy Award in the best supporting actress category.
Additional 2024 Black Women in Hollywood honorees include Kathryn Busby, president of original programming for Starz; and Nkechi Okoro Carroll, showrunner on NBC’s Found.
Grammy-winning rapper and entrepreneur Clifford “Method Man” Smith will host the ceremony in Los Angeles on March 7.
Each year the pre-Oscars Essence event celebrates Black women who’ve made significant contributions to film and television over the past year.
“As we have for nearly two decades, we will illuminate Black women in Hollywood that define the entertainment culture the world savors, pursue and attain equity that the establishment tries to withhold, and commemorate the achievements they have attained that continually un-stick floors, un-break ladders, and un-glass ceilings,” Caroline Wanga, Essence Ventures president and CEO, said in a statement.
The 17th annual Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards will take place on Thursday, March 7, 2024 at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.
Produced by Essence Studios and Red Summer TV, the awards ceremony will air on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network and stream on Max/Discovery+. The exact air date and time will be announced later.