‘Essence’ To Honor ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Stars at Annual Luncheon

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Essence magazine will be honoring the black cast members of the Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black” at its pre-Oscars luncheon next month.

This year’s honorees for the eighth annual “Black Women in Hollywood” were announced on Wednesday (Jan. 14).

“Orange Is The New Black” stars Adrienne C. Moore, Danielle Brooks, Laverne Cox, Lorraine Toussaint, Samira Wiley, Uzo Aduba, and Vicky Jeudy will receive the “Black Women in Hollywood” award. It’s makes the first time the award will be given to a group instead of a single person.

“Essence is honored to bestow the Black Women in Hollywood Vanguard Award to these talented actresses, whose brilliant performances exemplify diversity in storytelling,” Essence Editor-in-Chief Vanessa K. De Luca said in a statement. “Their groundbreaking portrayals are bringing an authentic and rarely seen narrative to the forefront of America’s consciousness.”

The luncheon, which will be held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Feb. 19, will also honor veteran actress Regina King, British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Oscar-nominated costume designer Ruth E. Carter.

The Essence Black Women in Hollywood luncheon recognizes the extraordinary achievements of trailblazing women in film and television. Past honorees include: Oprah Winfrey, Lupita Nyong’o, Ava DuVernay, Halle Berry, Viola Davis, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Angela Bassett, Queen Latifah, Taraji P. Henson, Ruby Dee, Diahann Carroll, Cicely Tyson, Mara Brock-Akil, Gina Prince-Bythewood and Suzanne de Passe, among others.

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