The past year was a great year for African Americans’ in the movie industry and Essence Magazine is looking to celebrate that with their March 2014 issue which features Chiwetel Ejiofor, Oprah Winfrey, Forest Whitaker and Michael B. Jordan on their cover.

1146596_originalThe March issue is their special Essence Collector’s issue. In the feature, each actor discusses their craft and how they got into character for their powerful roles from 2013. Chiwetel – Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave, Oprah – Gloria Gaines in Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Forest – Cecil Gaines in Lee Daniels’ The Butler and Michael – Oscar Grant in Fruitvale Station.

Essence-Magazine-February-2014-Watch the behind the scenes footage below:

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