ESSENCE will likely be celebrating the cinematic achievements of these in Hollywood this 12 months, on the 17th annual ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awardson Thursday, March seventh, on the Academy Museum of Movement Photos hosted byMETHOD MAN.
- Academy Award-nominated actress & Grammy Award winner,Danielle Brooks
- Six-time Grammy-nominated singer and main actress Halle Bailey
- Business powerhouse and President of Authentic Programming for STARZ, Kathryn Busby
- Acclaimed screenwriter and showrunner of All American, All American: Homecoming and Discovered, Nkechi Okoro Carroll
Danielle Brooks, an acclaimed actress recognized for her breakout position as Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson within the hit sequence “Orange Is the New Black,” continues to captivate audiences along with her highly effective performances. She at the moment stars in THE COLOR PURPLE, the Warner Bros. characteristic movie adaption of the distinguished Broadway musical, directed by Blitz Bazawule and produced by Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg. Brooks reprises her iconic position of ‘Sofia’, portraying one other powerhouse, memorable efficiency that has garnered her Golden Globe, Critics Selection Award, SAG Award, BAFTA Movie Award, and Academy Award nominations for “Finest Supporting Actress”.Along with her magnetic presence and distinctive expertise, Brooks effortlessly brings depth and authenticity to each character she portrays, incomes her widespread recognition and demanding acclaim in each tv and theater. As she navigates via various roles and tasks, Brooks stays a shining instance of resilience, expertise, and illustration within the leisure trade.
Halle Bailey, the gifted actress and singer, has swiftly risen to prominence, charming audiences along with her plain expertise and charisma. Finest recognized for her soulful vocals and dynamic performances as one half of the R&B duo Chloe x Halle, Halle Bailey has now launched into an thrilling solo profession. Her upcoming position as Ariel in Disney’s live-action adaptation of “The Little Mermaid” has generated immense anticipation and pleasure, showcasing her versatility and star energy. Along with her magnetic presence and boundless potential, Halle Bailey continues to encourage and enchant audiences worldwide, poised for even higher success within the realms of music and movie.
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Kathryn Busby is President of Authentic Programming for STARZ.
Primarily based within the firm’s Santa Monica workplace, Busby is chargeable for main the programming and growth workforce for the worldwide premium streaming platform and delivering on its programming mandate dedicated to narratives by, about and for girls and underrepresented audiences.
Busby beforehand served as Senior Vice President, Improvement for Sony Photos Networks the place she developed and produced quite a few tasks together with “Absentia” – the critically acclaimed sequence that aired on Amazon for 3 seasons.
She additionally sits on the Board of Administrators of PACE (Philanthropy and Neighborhood Engagement) and the Sony Photos Motion Council, which implements the studio’s racial fairness and inclusion initiatives. In 2021, she was honored with an I Have Dream award.
Busby is a graduate of Harvard College the place she obtained a Bachelor of Arts diploma in visible and leisure research.
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Nkechi Okoro Carroll is the founding father of Rock My Soul Productions and is the creator/government producer of the Warner Bros. Tv (WBTV) drama sequence Discovered, which debuted earlier this Fall on NBC. The sequence was just lately renewed for a second season. She can also be the chief producer/showrunner of the WBTV dramas All American and All American: Homecoming, which rank as The CW’s #1 and #2 sequence amongst key demographics of Adults 18–34 and Adults 18–49.
Previous to her TV writing profession, Okoro Carroll labored for the Federal Reserve, the place her duties included managing the reserve place for the U.S. banking system and analyzing the impression of financial coverage choices on the home cash markets. All of which she did whereas nonetheless writing and producing performs in New York.
She at the moment resides in Los Angeles.