Kerry Washington Covers Essence, Says It’s a Great Time To Be A Black Actress

Kerry Washington Covers EssenceKerry Washington, who recently turned 35, graces the March 2012 cover of Essence magazine. The actress discusses her upcoming prime-time television show “Scandal,” in which she plays the lead character. The actress also talks about the improving conditions of being a black woman in Hollywood.

“I think it’s a really special time to be a woman of color in this business,” says Washington. “The landscape of who has the power is changing. We are in more influential positions and are able to have a say in the stories that are told. I feel very lucky to be in the business now…”

Washington will be presented with the Vanguard award at the 5th Annual ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon on Feb. 23 at the Beverly Hills Hotel. This star-studded event commemorates ESSENCE magazine’s annual Hollywood issue and in honor of the fifth anniversary, Essence.com is giving fans exclusive access to all the red-carpet celebrity style, action and interviews via live stream from 11:30am to 12:30pm PST and re-airing that evening at 9:00pm EST.

“Black women actors, writers, directors and producers still lack diverse opportunities in Hollywood and, unfortunately, are often overlooked during awards season,” commented ESSENCE Editor-in-Chief Constance White. “The ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon exists to provide a fitting tribute to the brilliant talent and accomplishments of African-American trailblazers like Kerry, Pam, Paula, Octavia and Shonda and celebrate their collective work as an inspiration for generations to come.”

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