During ESSENCE’s annual Black Women in Hollywood event, photographer Michael Rowe captured stunning portraits of powerful and inspiring Black women who are making history today, including Ava DuVernay, Dewanda Wise, Angela Bassett, Jenifer Lewis, and more.
With “The Power of Our Presence: Art & Activism” being the event’s theme this year, portraits were taken of women who have continued to create change through the versatile medium of art.
Set among a beautiful ethnic backdrop that was created by Harlem-based artist Makeba “KEEBS” Rainey, these striking photographs feature a multitude of Black women in Hollywood who are thriving. Check out a few of the dazzling photos below, and visit ESSENCE to view the entire collection.
Actress and model
Actress – “Love Is”
Sheryl Lee Ralph
Actress, singer, activist, and author
Actress, writer, and comedian
Actress – “If Beale Street Could Talk”
Actress – “She’s Gotta Have It”
Actress, singer, and activist
Director, producer, and screenwriter