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Essence magazine to honour 7 cast members of 'Orange Is the New Black' at pre-Oscars event

FILE - In this July 22, 2014 file photo, actress Uzo Aduba, a cast member in the Netflix series "Orange is the New Black," poses for a portrait in Los Angeles. The minority cast members of the hit series “Orange Is the New Black” will be honored by Essence magazine at its pre-Oscars luncheon next month. The magazine announced Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, that it will honor seven cast members including Aduba at its Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon on Feb. 19.(Photo by Chris PizzelloInvision/AP, File)
January 14, 2015 - 9:09 AM

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The black cast members of the hit series "Orange Is the New Black" will be honoured by Essence magazine at its pre-Oscars luncheon next month.

The magazine announced Wednesday that it will honour seven cast members including Uzo Aduba and Laverne Cox at its Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon on Feb. 19.

"Essence is honoured to bestow the Black Women in Hollywood Vanguard Award to these talented actresses, whose brilliant performances exemplify diversity in storytelling," Essence Editor-in-Chief Vanessa K. De Luca said in a statement. "Their groundbreaking portrayals are bringing an authentic and rarely seen narrative to the forefront of America's consciousness."

It is the first time the Black Women in Hollywood Award will be given to a group instead of a single person. It will also be awarded to Adrienne Moore, Danielle Brooks, Lorraine Toussaint, Samira Wiley and Vicky Jeudy of the award-winning Netflix series.

The Essence event will also honour veteran actress Regina King, British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Oscar-nominated costume designer Ruth E. Carter. The 8th annual luncheon will take place at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

Last year, the magazine honoured Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o, Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs and "Selma" director Ava DuVernay.

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