The seventh annual Essence
magazine Black Women in Hollywood luncheon kicks off Thursday, and you can catch all of the red carpet action on PEOPLE.com.
The stars start arriving at 2:30 p.m. ET at the Beverly Hills Hotel for the event, which honors African-American women in the entertainment industry.
This year's top honorees include Lupita Nyong'o
, receiving an award for best breakout performance for 12 Years a Slave
, as well as Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who will receive the Trailblazer Award, and Ava DuVernay, a writer, producer, director and independent filmmaker, who will be honored with the Visionary Award.
The event will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, which was signed in 1964. A tribute will honor Cicely Tyson
, Diahann Carroll
, Nichelle Nichols, Jim Brown, Clarence Williams III and Denise Nicholas.