Hall, Lewis, Layne, Stenberg are Named Essence Honorees

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NEW YORK (AP) — Essence has named four actresses as its annual “Black Women in Hollywood” honorees. They are Regina Hall and Amandla Stenberg, who both starred in “The Hate U Give,” Kiki Layne of “If Beale Street Could Talk” and Jenifer Lewis of “Black-ish.”

Kiki Layne
FILE- In this Jan. 6, 2019, file photo Kiki Layne arrives at the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. ESSENCE has named four actresses as its annual “Black Women in Hollywood” honorees. They are Regina Hall, Amandla Stenberg, Layne and Jenifer Lewis. The awards luncheon will be held Feb. 21 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

The awards luncheon will be held Feb. 21 in Beverly Hills, California.

In a statement, Essence salutes “the marvelous work and stunning achievements” of the four. Chief creative and content officer MoAna Luu also notes that they represent “the dynamic intersection of art and activism that is influencing how we shape our own destiny.”

Hall was also in “Support the Girls,” and became the first black best actress winner at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards for her role.

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