Red Carpet Rundown: The 17th Annual Essence Black Women In Hollywood Awards

The 17th annual ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood® Awards, held on Thursday, March 7, 2024 at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles hosted by celebrated actor, Grammy Award-winning rapper and entrepreneur, Cliff “Method Man” Smith, was an unforgettable celebration of Black excellence, honoring:

  • Academy Award-nominated actress and Grammy Award winner Danielle Brooks, 
  • Six-time Grammy-nominated singer and leading actress Halle Bailey, 
  • Acclaimed screenwriter and showrunner Nkechi Okoro Carroll, 
  • Industry powerhouse Kathryn Busby, President of Original Programming for STARZ

Caroline Wanga in Melissa Imon Hartman

Highlights from this year’s ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood® Awards include: 

  • Emmy Award Winning Actress, Zendaya, and Fashion Legend, Law Roach, dazzled another red carpet together during awards season, while the actress debuted a stylish new bob haircut.
  • Black Love was on full display with couples such as actor and rapper Joey Bada$$ and singer & actress Serayah, BET’s Sistas and Zatima actor, Devale Ellis and wife Khadeen Ellis,  sharing touching moments on the carpet.
  • American Fiction star, Erika Alexander joined fellow actress, Kim Cole and renowned TV writer and producer, Yvette Lee Bowser, on the carpet as they delved into nostalgic memories from ‘Living Single’, which recently hit a 30-year milestone.
  • Twin, where have you been? Actresses and TV personalities Tia Mowry and Tamera Mowry-Housley graced the carpet as they offered us a trip down memory lane.
  • Following a touching moment with her sister and fellow multifaceted entertainer, Chole Bailey and 2024 honoree, Halle Bailey, shared a soul-stirring speech reflecting on what she has described as her greatest achievement – being a mother to her son “Halo”.
  • Honoree Danielle Brooks received a standing ovation, as she sung the gospel melody,  “I won’t complain” to accept her award.
  • Grammy-winning artist Muni Long, closed the show with her hit song, “Made for Me” that brought the crowd to their feet.

Daniel Brooks in Herve Leger

Zendaya Coleman in Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2020

Halle Bailey wearing Dolce & Gabbana

Chloe Bailey in Christopher John Rogers

Wendell Pierce, Boris Kodjoe, and Hill Harper

Amber Riley wearing Pretty Little Thing

Crystal Hayslett

Method Man

Marsai Martin in Sara Wong

Teyonah Parris

Raven Goodwin

Nicolas Neruda Kodjoe and Boris Kodjoe

Tichina Arnold

Letitia Wright wearing Ferragamo

Andra Day

Tamera Mowry in Galvan


Tika Sumpter

Tina Knowles in Schiaparelli Spring 2023

Erika Alexander

Devale Ellis and Khadeen Ellis

Skyh Black and KJ Smith


(Photos by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for ESSENCE)

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