Veteran actress Angela Bassett appears on the cover of Essence magazine’s March issue marking its 4th annual Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards.

Bassett is the publication’s 2011 honoree, along with Viola Davis, Jennifer Hudson and Loretta Devine.

In the cover story “Unstoppable,” Bassett shows that even without the glam and glitz of Hollywood, she would still find her way to a stage—her passion for acting runs that deep. But the true source of her happiness lies in her faith and family. And the best is still yet to come.

“When I look at a role, I will deliberately find the joy, the sensitivity, the strength, the vulnerability, the resilience, Bassett says in the article. “Because that’s what I appreciate about women and black women, in particular. That’s what I want to celebrate—our resilience and our strength.”

The March issue of Essence hits newsstands Feb. 11.