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									Contact:          Dana Baxter, ESSENCE
                  (212) 522-1634
                  dbaxter@essence.com

                  Sheila Harris, ESSENCE
                  (212) 522-1089
                  sharris@essence.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
                                               JADA PINKETT SMITH
                                     TO BE HONORED DURING THE FIRST ANNUAL
                                  ESSENCE BLACK WOMEN IN HOLLYWOOD LUNCHEON

December 18, 2007 (New York, NY)—ESSENCE magazine announces 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.

The lovely and talented actress, director, producer and screenwriter, Jada Pinkett Smith, will be one of the three extraordinary African-
American women honored during the ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon, and will receive an award in the Film category.
Other honorees in the categories of Television and Lifetime Achievement will be announced in the near future.

Pinkett Smith 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, as well as for Overbrook Entertainment. Chief
among those is “The Human Contract,” which also marks the debut of Pinkett Smith as a writer/director. Pinkett Smith also created and
executive produced the television sitcom “All of Us” on the CW Network with her husband and fellow actor Will Smith. Her work as an
actress can be seen in a number of feature films, including The Matrix Reloaded, Matrix Revolutions, Collateral, Reign Over Me, Ali, The
Nutty Professor, Set It Off , Menace II Society and the upcoming film The Women. Her big break came when she landed a role on the
long-running NBC-TV series A Different World. In addition to being the lead singer of the pop/rock band Wicked Wisdom, 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 finds time for philanthropic pursuits through the couple’s Will and Jada Smith Family
Foundation.

“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.”

Sponsors for the ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon include Lexus. Additional sponsors will be announced at a later date.

About Essence Communications Inc.:

Essence Communications Inc. (ECI) is the leading media and communications company dedicated to African-American women. With a
multi-platform presence in publishing, live events, and online, the Essence brand is “Where Black Women Come First”. The company’s
flagship publication, ESSENCE magazine, is the preeminent lifestyle magazine for African-American women; generating brand
extensions such as the Essence Music Festival, Women Who Are Shaping the World Leadership Summit, Window on Our Women (WOW
I & II) and Smart Beauty I, II & III consumer insights, the Essence Book Club, Essence.com, and ventures in digital media (mobile,
television and VOD) via Essence Studios. For 37 years, ESSENCE magazine, which has a readership of 8.2 million, has been the leading
source of cutting-edge information relating to every area of African-American women’s lives. Additional information about ECI and
ESSENCE is available at essence.com.

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