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Why I Wish Latinas Had a #BlackGirlMagic Movement

Emmelie De La Cruz | Posted 06.03.2016 | Latino Voices
Emmelie De La Cruz

Black Girl Magic is everywhere. It's on magazine covers, all over the web and an on-going conversation on Twitter. It's a movement. Truth is black gir...

5 Reasons I Left a Six Figure Salary to Start My Business

Malcolm 'MJ' Harris | Posted 04.26.2016 | Black Voices
Malcolm 'MJ' Harris

On Monday the countdown began - four days until Friday, three days, and so on. At the age of 27, being this unfulfilled was no way to live and so I did what they tell you never to do. I quit. And here's why.

The Week In Normalization: Black Women In Hollywood Honored As Oscars Approach

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 02.26.2016 | Entertainment

The entertainment industry is timidly embracing a long-overdue discussion on what we'll call "normalization" -- allowing directors, screenwriters, pro...

Should Hollywood Women 'Girlcott' The Oscars? What Would Ginger Rogers Do?

Beverly Wettenstein | Posted 02.25.2016 | Women
Beverly Wettenstein

Ginger Rogers didn't toe the line. She danced to her own tune to advance women in Hollywood for generations to come. Her message is on point today. What should women in Hollywood do to earn respect and equal pay and roles?

Audre Lorde Magic

Linda_Villarosa | Posted 02.16.2016 | Queer Voices
Linda_Villarosa

We black girls have our magic, but we need the words of Audre Lorde now more than ever. And in these messy times, so does everyone else.

The Meaning Of #BlackGirlMagic, And How You Can Get Some Of It

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 01.21.2016 | Style

Don't bother trying to look up "Black Girl Magic" in the dictionary, because it isn't there -- at least not yet. But we're sure you've seen or heard t...

This Magazine Is Poised To Fill A Huge Void For Black Women

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 10.02.2015 | Style

For black women, the magazine newsstand is yet another sad representation of the blatant lack of diversity that plagues the fashion and beauty industr...

What Being ABT's First Black Principal Ballerina Means to Me

Misty Copeland | Posted 08.11.2015 | Black Voices
Misty Copeland

It still hasn't hit me. I'm living my dream and I look forward to continuing to work hard towards becoming a better, stronger dancer. Now that we're here, my hope is that in time, this won't be such a rare achievement, and my reviews and mentions in the media will refer to me simply as a "ballerina," because that's what I am.

Misty Copeland Is Breathtaking On September Cover Of Essence

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 08.10.2015 | Style

Whether she's dancing on stage or fronting a major campaign, ballerina Misty Copeland is always completely and utterly captivating. It's no surprise t...

Lilly Workneh

This Year's Essence Festival Is Absolutely Incredible

HuffingtonPost.com | Lilly Workneh | Posted 08.02.2015 | Black Voices

NEW ORLEANS -- Thousands trekked to New Orleans this July Fourth weekend to celebrate the much-anticipated 21st annual Essence Festival. This year...

'Empire' Stars Cover June Issue Of ESSENCE

ESSENCE | Posted 05.12.2015 | Black Voices

The fictional Lyon brothers of hit TV show Empire, Andre, Jamal and Hakeem are expanding their kingdom this month to now include ESSENCE's cover with ...

Issa Rae Is 'Tired' Of Constantly Being Asked About The Black Experience

The HuffPost Show | Ryan Buxton | Posted 05.28.2015 | HPSN

Shonda Rhimes made news this week when she declared she was done discussing the idea of racial diversity on TV, and her fellow Essence magazine cover ...

Essence Recognizes Five Trailblazers In One Badass Cover

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 04.14.2015 | Black Voices

Yes! Essence magazine is marking a big milestone in May -- and to honor the event, they’ve dedicated the cover of their upcoming issue to five we...

Stars Stun At Essence Magazine's Black Women In Music Event

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 02.11.2015 | Black Voices

ESSENCE magazine kicked off the Grammy Awards weekend on Thursday with the 6th annual Black Women in Music event. The star-studded affair, which took ...

Essence Magazine Made A Serious Statement With This Historic Cover

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 01.12.2015 | Black Voices

In a historic editorial decision, February’s cover of Essence Magazine does not feature a prominent celebrity photo, but instead took a stand on a m...

Designing Your Life: Creating Your Vision Board

Lucinda Cross | Posted 03.11.2015 | Women
Lucinda Cross

It is time to be greedy and focus on YOU this year. Changing to this new mindset will not happen overnight but it can happen and should happen. It is time to tend to write the vision and make it plain. It is time to Activate your dreams and goals.

Booked for the Evening Gala: Newark Public Library

Madinah James | Posted 02.05.2015 | Arts
Madinah James

During a brisk October evening this past fall in downtown Newark, NJ, guests came out to attend a fundraising benefit for The Newark Public Library entitled "Booked For The Evening" and to celebrate The Library's 125th Anniversary as one of the city's premiere educational and cultural public institutions.

Jamie Foxx Reveals The Most Important Aspect About Filming 'Annie'

Posted 11.11.2014 | Black Voices

With the holiday season steadily approaching, ESSENCE magazine has decided to tap Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhané Wallis for the cover story of their Decem...

Things You Don't Know Your Natural Hair Can Do

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 10.29.2014 | Black Voices

If you thought embracing your natural hair meant marrying yourself to just a handful of styling options, think again. In the November issue of Esse...

LOOK: Fashion Icon Celebrated At Fab Dance Party

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 06.02.2014 | Black Voices

The 2014 Council of the Fashion Designers of America Awards (aka the Fashion Oscars) are tonight, but one of its biggest honorees celebrated early. ...

Essence Magazine Promotes "Natural" Beauty in the Black Community

Rachel Hampton | Posted 06.10.2014 | Black Voices
Rachel Hampton

I applaud the publication on its endeavor to begin the conversation on natural beauty. "Pretty" goes beyond European style features and Brazilian imported tresses; it starts with a Black woman's kinks sprouting from her roots and raw individuality.

Nia Long Talks Sharing New Role With Son

Brennan Williams | Posted 03.10.2014 | Black Voices

Later this month, Nia Long is set to star in her latest role in Tyler Perry's "The Single Moms Club." And to help celebrate its release, the gorgeous ...

Celebration: Black Women on Film

Yvonna Russell | Posted 05.05.2014 | Black Voices
Yvonna Russell

In his book, Brown Sugar: Over One Hundred Years of America's Black Female Superstars, Black film historian Donald Bogle rhapsodized, "With a wink or ...

Tamron Hall On Being First Black Woman To Co-Anchor 'Today' Show

Essence | Posted 02.24.2014 | Black Voices

Tamron Hall remembers the day her late father showed her Lola Johnson on TV....

Steve Harvey Reveals Startling Fact That Almost Jeopardized His Marriage

Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices

With Valentine’s Day steadily approaching next month, ESSENCE magazine has decided to tap Steve and Marjorie Harvey for the issue’s latest cover s...