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Cynthia Erivo, Andra Day, Whoopi Goldberg, Zendaya and Michaela Coel Among Honorees at Essence Black Women in Hollywood

Cynthia Erivo att the American Black Film Festival Honors Awards Ceremony on February 23, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California; Andra Day attends 2018 LACMA Art + Film Gala on November 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California; Whoopi Goldberg at the 90th Annual Academy Awards on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California; Zendaya attends the 71st […]

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After Going Virtual in 2020, Essence Festival Announces a ‘Hybrid’ Format for 2021

Kamala Harris speaks on stage at 2019 ESSENCE Festival Presented By Coca-Cola on July 06, 2019 in New Orleans, La.Photo: Paras Griffin (Getty Images) The Girls Trip must go on—primarily online. After a year of lockdowns, we could all use a getaway, and miss our yearly turn up sojourn to the world’s biggest, Blackest and […]

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Essence Enter a New Era: The Legacy Media Brand Announces Its New Executive Team

Latraviette Wilson-Smith, left, Caroline Wanga, and Cori MurrayPhoto: Paras Griffin (Getty Images), Slaven Vlasic (Getty Images), Paras Griffin (Getty Images) The year known as 2020 was unfathomably challenging by anyone’s estimation; but as Essence magazine celebrated its 50th anniversary, the pioneering and enduring imprint and lifestyle brand, by its own admission, proved not to be […]

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Essence Enters a New Era: The Legacy Media Brand Announces Its New Executive Team

Latraviette Wilson-Smith, left, Caroline Wanga, and Cori MurrayPhoto: Paras Griffin (Getty Images), Slaven Vlasic (Getty Images), Paras Griffin (Getty Images) The year known as 2020 was unfathomably challenging by anyone’s estimation; but as Essence magazine celebrated its 50th anniversary, the pioneering and enduring imprint and lifestyle brand, by its own admission, proved not to be […]

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The D&I We Deserve: Ulta’s Newest Diversity and Inclusion Advisor Is Tracee Ellis Ross

Two years ago this month, I gave myself a challenge: realizing that I wasn’t walking the talk I preached daily on TGU, I launched a Black-Owned Beauty Month challenge in February of 2019, restricting myself to only Black-owned cosmetics and personal care products for Black History Month. The results were, at turns, comical, insightful, inspiring […]

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Got Love on the Brain? Rihanna Sent Us an Early Valentine—and an Iconic Essence Cover Collab With Lorna Simpson

Screenshot: Savage X Fenty (Instagram) Does working from home change the terms of what’s “not safe for work”? With her latest tease for Savage X Fenty, Rihanna’s certainly testing those boundaries, debuting a pinup-inspired Valentine’s Day promo that would make Betty Boop blush. Cavorting in a red mesh garter set and heart-shaped pasties from her […]

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Icon to Icon: Zendaya Paid a Stunning Homage to Modeling Legend Donyale Luna. Now, Can We Get a Biopic?

Image: AB+DM for Essence Another week, another Zendaya cover? Well actually, there are, in total, four versions of Zendaya’s December-January collector’s edition cover for Essence. But there’s also more than one woman being immortalized in this series of highly stylized, black-and-white images conceived by Zendaya’s longtime stylist and creative director for the shoot (and 2019 […]

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Citing the Unprecedented Impact of COVID-19, Essence Announces Staff Furloughs

Richelieu Dennis speaks on stage at the 2019 ESSENCE Festival Presented by Coca-Cola on July 06, 2019, in New Orleans, La.Photo: Paras Griffin (Getty Images) It’s been a difficult year for all of us—and as a statement published in Essence magazine Tuesday night revealed, “Essence Communications, Inc. (“ECI”) has not been immune to it.” Advertisement […]

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Further Refuting Claims of #BlackFemaleAnonymous, Essence Publishes Results of Final Independent Review

Richelieu Dennis and New Voices Pitch Competition Winners on stage at 2019 ESSENCE Festival Presented By Coca-Cola at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on July 06, 2019, in New Orleans, Louisiana.Photo: Paras Griffin (Getty Images) The saga that began with a bold public plea to #TakeBackEssence seems one step closer to ending Tuesday, as Essence […]

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Further Refuting the Claims of #BlackFemaleAnonymous, Essence Publishes Results of Final Independent Review

Richelieu Dennis and New Voices Pitch Competition Winners on stage at 2019 ESSENCE Festival Presented By Coca-Cola at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on July 06, 2019, in New Orleans, Louisiana.Photo: Paras Griffin (Getty Images) The saga that began with a bold public plea to #TakeBackEssence seemed one step closer to ending as of Tuesday, […]

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Me Too and Essence to Host the Black Women and Girls Survivor Town Hall Featuring Tarana Burke and Angelica Ross

Angelica Ross of ‘Pose,’ left, and Founder, Me Too Movement Tarana Burke attend the GLSEN 2018 Respect Awards on May 21, 2018, in New York City.Photo: Dia Dipasupil (Getty Images) We are in the midst of a renewed focus upon Black safety and survival—and Black female political power—and yet, as we were reminded by our […]

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Essence Answers Sexual Harassment Claims Against Owner Richelieu Dennis With Results of 1st Internal Review

Richelieu Dennis on stage at 2019 Essence Festival Presented by Coca-Cola on July 06, 2019, in New Orleans, La.Photo: Paras Griffin (Getty Images) As the 26th annual—and first virtual—Essence Festival dawned this year, #BlackFemaleAnonymous, a group of “former and current employees” of the 50-year-old magazine published an indicting missive titled “The Truth About Essence.” The […]

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