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    Tue, 31 Jan 2012 16:25:44

    Essence to Honor Kerry Washington, Paula Patton + More - Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon takes place Feb. 23

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    Essence's fifth annual "Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon" honoring the industry's most exciting African-American talent—both in front of the camera and behind-the-scenes in Hollywood is set for Feb. 23.

    It will be held at the Beverly Hills Hotel and celebrates five extraordinary women who have left an indelible impression with their work within the film and television industries: Kerry Washington (Vanguard Award), Octavia Spencer (Breakthrough Performance), Pam Grier (Legend Award), Paula Patton (Shining Star Award) and Shonda Rhimes (Visionary Award presented by Lincoln). This star-studded event commemorates ESSENCE magazine's annual Hollywood issue and in honor of the fifth anniversary, Essence.com is giving fans exclusive access to all the red-carpet celebrity style, action and interviews via live stream from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM PST and re-airing that evening at 9:00 PM EST .

    "Black women actors, writers, directors and producers still lack diverse opportunities in Hollywood and, unfortunately, are often overlooked during awards season," commented Essence Editor-in-Chief Constance White. "The 'Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon' exists to provide a fitting tribute to the brilliant talent and accomplishments of African-American trailblazers like Kerry, Pam, Paula, Octavia and Shonda and celebrate their collective work as an inspiration for generations to come."

    Will you watch the stream of the red carpet and the event?

    —Katie Sheehan

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