ESSENCE AND THE PALEY CENTER FOR MEDIA PRESENT:
“THE POWER OF OUR PRESENCE – AN EXHIBITION CELEBRATING THE 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE ESSENCE BLACK WOMEN IN HOLLYWOOD AWARDS”
“We are beyond thrilled to partner with the Paley Center to present the Power of Our Presence exhibit—as Essence prepares to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Black Women in Hollywood Awards,” said Essence President Michelle Ebanks. “Experience the magic of the red carpet as it comes to life and shines a spotlight on the most influential and pioneering women in Hollywood.”
I’m so excited and happy to celebrate Black History Month with Essence Black Women in Hollywood Award Exhibition at the Paley Center for Media (Los Angeles). It’s been ten years since Essence Magazine began to recognize accomplished and creative Black Women with their yearly Oscar Week Luncheon.
This magical exhibition will include costumes from lead female characters from their hit TV series. In the collection will be the iconic white coats worn by Kerry Washington in Scandal, Tracee Ellis Ross’s scrubs from Black-ish and a costume from Taraji P. Henson’s “Cookie Lion” of Empire. As well as memorabilia, photos and footage form past luncheons will be on display, re-receations of the tables capes, images of past honorees, special video messages from Angela Bassett and Lynn Whitfield, a compilation footage of some the event’s most touching acceptance speeches and much more.
“We are so honored to partner with Essence in presenting this powerful exhibit in support of its special milestone anniversary,” said Maureen J. Reidy, the Paley Center’s President and CEO. “The Paley Center is proud of its ongoing commitment to preserving and celebrating African American achievements in television. This Essence exhibit is a signature part of our Black History Month celebration, which also includes screenings, educational activities and an onsite showcase of our own recent tribute.”
Essence’s Black Women in Hollywood Awards has celebrated black women in front of the camera and behind the scenes since 2008. Over the years they ave honored Oprah Winfrey, Lupita Nyong’o, Ava DuVernay, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson and many more. This year’s event will shift from a daytime luncheon to an evening gala for the first time and will be held at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, CA, on Thursday, February 23, 2017.
The Power of Our Presence exhibit will be open at the Paley Center’s Beverly Hills location (465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210) from Wednesday, February 8 to Tuesday, February 28, 2017.
For more information about this exhibit, please visit Essence.com or paley.me/bwih, and follow Essence on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @essence, as well as the Paley Center on Facebook and Twitter @PaleyCenter for more updates.
The Essence Power of our Presence exhibit is presented by AT&T and the Minority Business Development Agency.
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ABOUT ESSENCE COMMUNICATIONS INC.
ESSENCE Communications Inc. (ECI) is the number one media company dedicated to African-American women, with a multi-platform presence in publishing, live events and online. The company’s flagship publication, Essence magazine, is the preeminent lifestyle magazine for African-American women, generating brand extensions such as the Essence Festival, Essence Black Women in Hollywood and Black Women in Music, Window on Our Women and Smart Beauty consumer insights series, Essence.com, and ventures in digital media (mobile, television and VOD). For 46 years, Essence, which has a brand reach of 14.2 million, has been the leading source of cutting-edge information and specific solutions relating to every area of African-American women’s lives. Additional information about ECI and Essence is available at www.essence.com.
ABOUT THE PALEY CENTER FOR MEDIA
The Paley Center for Media, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public. Drawing upon its curatorial expertise, an international collection, and close relationships with the leaders of the media community, the Paley Center examines the intersections between media and society. The general public can access the Paley Archive – including special African-American, Hispanic, and LGBT collections – and participate in programs that explore and celebrate the creativity, the innovations, the personalities, and the leaders who are shaping media. Through the global programs of its Media Council and International Council, the Paley Center also serves as a neutral setting where media professionals can engage in discussion and debate about the evolving media landscape. Previously known as The Museum of Television & Radio, the Paley Center was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry. For more information, please visit paleycenter.org
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Nichelle Turner © Rob Latour for the Paley Center
The Black-ish Panel was hosted by the enthusiastic Entertainment Tonight presenter, Nischelle Turner. One could easily tell she was just as big a fan as everyone in the audience. Before the cast was introduced, the audience was given an exclusive view of a not yet aired episode. To no one’s surprise, it was difficult for the audience to not go long without erupting into laughter from the witty and clever episode.
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Nichelle Turner and the cast and creatives of Black-ish © Rob Latour
The cast was finally introduced and once everyone was seated no time was wasted. The cast spoke about the latest aired episode, “Hope,” how it came to be, and how everyone went about taking on their roles.
Yara Shahidi, Marcus Scribner, Miles Brown, and Marsai Martin at PaleyFest LA 2016 honoring black-ish, presented by The Paley Center for Media, at the Dolby Theatre on March 13, 2016 in Hollywood, California. © Michael Bulbenko for the Paley Center
Creator/EP Kenya Barris and EP Jonathan Groff © Michael Bulbenko for the Paley Center
Executive producer and creator, Kenya Barris and executive producer, Jonathan Groff spoke about the future of the show and the direction it will be taken in especially since it was recently renewed for its third
Marsai Martin © Rob Latour for the Paley Center
Each actor also spoke about how they take on each character, and how much of their characters are actually themselves. Marsai Martin (“Diane Johnson”) hilariously found it difficult to say how sassy she was in comparison to her character.
Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross © Rob Latour for the Paley Center
Overall, it was a fun and light event. Throughout the entire panel, the cast carried on with each other with playful banter, especially Anthony Anderson (“Andre ‘Dre’ Johnson”) and Tracee Ellis Ross (“Rainbow Johnson”) that kept the audience in an uproar of laughter. It was easy to see how they manage such perfect on-screen chemistry.
Fans of the show have much to look forward to in terms of the show’s future. Also, if you’d like to watch the entire panel for yourself, you can check it out on Hulu in its full form.
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