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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 captiv...

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...

'Orange Is The New Black' Cast Moved By Essence Honor

AP | NEKESA MUMBI MOODY | Posted 02.24.2015 | Black Voices

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The annual Essence Black Women in Hollywood Award is a guarantee of big stars and lots of tears. Thursday kept to trad...

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 ...

'Orange Is The New Black' Cast Is About To Get Another Big Honor

AP | MESFIN FEKADU | Posted 01.20.2015 | Black Voices

NEW YORK (AP) — The black cast members of the hit series "Orange Is the New Black" will be honored by Essence magazine at its pre-Oscars luncheon ne...

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.

Jill Scott And Chaka Khan Have Something To Celebrate

AP | Mesfin Fekadu | Posted 01.14.2015 | Black Voices

NEW YORK (AP) -- Essence magazine will celebrate its 45th anniversary with a pre-Grammys bash featuring Jill Scott and Chaka Khan. The magazine ann...

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 ...

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. ...

Essence To Launch 'Black Men In Hollywood' Dinner

AP | JESSICA HERNDON | Posted 02.10.2014 | Black Voices

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Essence is known for honoring black women, but during Oscar week, they'll also be lauding the accomplishments of African-American...

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...

Essence Festival Gets A Dose Of Music Royalty

AP | STACEY PLAISANCE | Posted 02.02.2014 | Black Voices

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Next year's Essence Festival is getting a dose of music royalty from Prince. The "Purple Rain" singer-songwriter is headlining t...

Are Black Women In Media Only Baby Mamas And Gold Diggers?

The Huffington Post | Rhonesha Byng | Posted 10.15.2013 | Black Voices

Character's like Kerry Washington's Olivia Pope on "Scandal", and Nicole Beharie's Lt. Abbie Mills on "Sleepy Hollow" are a breath of fresh air for ma...

WATCH: Essence's Mikki Taylor Dishes On The Real Secret To Success

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 10.18.2013 | Black Voices

Since joining Essence magazine's staff over 30 years ago, Mikki Taylor has been dedicated to the business of empowering black women. It's that legacy ...