Essence Editor-in-Chief Vanessa DeLuca discusses diversity in Hollywood

Essence magazine is gearing up for a number of events this month, including the Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon..which airs on "own" the night before the academy awards.

Oscar host Chris Rock is on the cover of the March issue. In it, he talks about the controversy surrounding the lack of diversity in the nominees.
Essence Editor-in-Chief Vanessa DeLuca joins us to discuss these topics.
For the first time ever, ESSENCE’s annual Hollywood March Issue cover features comedy vet and host of the highly anticipated 2016 Oscars Chris Rock—live and unfiltered! In the foreshadowing article, C. Rock—conducted in December 2015 before #OscarsSoWhite reached fever pitch—Rock contemplates the diversity controversy, fatherhood after divorce and fame after reaching “the peak.”

Plus, ESSENCE continues to change the conversation in Hollywood by gearing up for its 9th annual Black Women in Hollywood Awards luncheon (see link here and press release attached.) This year’s honorees—Tracee Ellis Ross, Debbie Allen and entertainment lawyer Nina Shaw—join a growing list of African-American women who continue to uplift and inspire both on-screen and off. The March issue of ESSENCE hits newsstands on 2/12. For more on this month’s issue, visit

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