Rachel Charlene Lewis
Updated Jan 26, 2017 @ 4:10 pm
"I Am Not Your Negro" Atlanta Screening
Credit: Getty Images/Rick Diamond

During the week of the Academy Awards celebrations is also the Black Women in Hollywood Awards. The event, which is hosted by Essence, is meant to honor the incredibly talented black women who make Hollywood sparkle and glitter, and you already know that we’re all about #GirlPower!

One bonus of this year’s ceremony is that it’s the 10th anniversary of the very first awards, making these Black Women in Hollywood honorees a part of a pretty monumental moment. So if you’ve never watched before, it’s time to tune in!

So who are Essence’s 2017 Black Women in Hollywood honorees? Many of our faves! It’s all the #BlackGirlMagic in one celebration, and we’re SO EXCITED.

This year, Essence will highlight the incredibly important work of Insecure’s Issa Rae,musician and Hidden Figures star Janelle Monaé, How To Get Away With Murder‘s Aja Naomi King, and Black-ish star Yara Shahidi. Like, yes!!!

We were already pumped for this annual event, but now we’re even more excited. Now, more than ever, it’s *so* important to be highlighting the work of marginalized creatives, and Janelle, Issa, Aja and Yara have really made the last few years something special. We can’t wait to celebrate these amazing ladies!