Actress Jada Pinkett Smith, wife of mega box-office star Will Smith, will be honored at the first annual ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon taking place during Oscar Week on Thursday, February 21, in Los Angeles.
The star-studded event will honor three of Hollywood's finest who have helped to change and inspire positive images of Black women in television and film -- both in front of the camera and behind-the-scenes. The ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon commemorates ESSENCE magazine's annual Hollywood issue. Jada is one of Hollywood's most versatile and gifted actresses, as well as a talented screenwriter/producer/director.
She is developing several projects for her own production company, 100%Womon (yes, that's the correct spelling), and her work as an actress can be seen in a number of feature films.
In addition to acting, Jada is the author of the popular book, Girls Hold Up This World, and one of the primary investors in the skin-care line Carol's Daughter. The active wife and mother-along with her husband-also find time for philanthropic pursuits through the couple's Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation. The foundation benefits inner-city community development, youth educational projects and under-privileged children and their families.
In October, the foundation sponsored a benefit to raise funds for Lupus research (Jada at the event in photo at right). In 2006, she contributed $1 million dollars to her alma mater, the Baltimore School for the Arts.
"ESSENCE is pleased to honor Jada Pinkett Smith for her body of work in Hollywood and within the African-American community," said ESSENCE editor-in- chief Angela Burt-Murray. "The ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon will celebrate the talent, vision and legacy of Jada and all of our honorees. We hope this event will also inspire a new generation of African-American actresses and filmmakers in Hollywood."