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Spike Lee to be honoured by Essence

Spike Lee is set to be among the men honoured by Essence magazine at their first ever Black Men In Hollywood dinner.

The magazine is known for honouring black women, but during Oscar week they are planning to turn their attentions to the accomplishments of African-American men in film.

The first Black Men In Hollywood dinner will salute the work of Spike Lee, Lee Daniels, Malcolm Lee and filmmaker Tyler Perry, who will host the event.

The California Endowment's Sons And Brothers campaign, which acknowledges role models for young black men, will also be recognised.

Honourees are set to gather on February 26 in Los Angeles on the eve of Essence's annual Black Women In Hollywood luncheon.

The lunch returns to Beverly Hills to recognise best supporting actress nominee Lupita Nyong'o for 12 Years A Slave, Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs and writer-director Ava DuVernay.

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