For the past decade, the star-studded celebration has been at the forefront of spotlighting Hollywood’s most creative and accomplished African-American female visionaries both in front of the camera and behind the scenes.
Airing for the third year on OWN, the celebration will honor Hollywood’s “Next Generation,” young women who are excelling and elevating their crafts. Triple-threat actress/musician/entertainer Janelle Monáe (“Hidden Figures,” “Moonlight”) receives the Breakthrough Award; groundbreaking actress/writer/producer Issa Rae (“Insecure”) receives the Vanguard Award; standout actress Aja Naomi King (“How to Get Away with Murder”) receives the Lincoln Shining Star Award; and dynamic actress Yara Shahidi (“Black-ish) receives the Generation Next Award. Actress/producer Gabrielle Union (“Being Mary Jane”) will also be featured in the evening’s program.
To watch a sneak peek, check it out below:
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