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Empathy is the cosmic glue that holds us together

Pioneers for Change | Posted 07.19.2016 | Impact
Pioneers for Change

By: George H Lewis An artist's mission is not so much to make people understand the world but to awaken them to the fact that they are the world, ...

Father Loss And More

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 07.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

Conclusion: The father plays a major role in who we are and who we become; his absence may occupy the center stage of a person's life.

This Amazing Photo Series Celebrates Black Beauty In All Its Forms

Teen Vogue | Posted 06.29.2016 | Style
Teen Vogue

For Teen Vogue, by Jessica C. Andrews. A photo posted by The "C" Girl (@thecgirlinc) on Jun 22, 2016 at 6:24am PDT Melanin magic. Colorism is a re...

What Does It Mean to Be 'You'?

Anthony Meindl | Posted 05.13.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Anthony Meindl

But sometimes I grapple with what being "yourself" means. Especially since we do everything in our power to not be.

Images: How They Help and Hinder

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 03.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

Success often depends on our ability to present a socially acceptable image. Ideally, our social image aligns with our authentic self or essence.

The Life-Altering Lesson Ava DuVernay Learned By Talking With Oprah

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 02.26.2016 | OWN

Every time Ava DuVernay speaks to Oprah Winfrey, the director says she experiences an aha moment in one form or another from Oprah's various "Oprah-is...

Tracee Ellis Ross Shares A Powerful Message Of Self-Acceptance

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 02.26.2016 | Black Voices

Tracee Ellis Ross shared a message of self-acceptance at Thursday's Essence Black Women in Hollywood luncheon, where she was honored with the Fierce &...

People of Action Tricia Woodgett

Dr. Cheryl Action Jackson | Posted 01.13.2016 | Entertainment
Dr. Cheryl Action Jackson

Let me start by saying...I love movies. When I finally have down time, I love watching moviesand romantic comedies are particularly my favorite. So, ...

Essence Magazine Celebrates #BlackGirlMagic In Exciting New Issue

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 01.13.2016 | Black Voices

Essence magazine debuted its first "Black Girl Magic" issue on Wednesday, which celebrates a class of well-deserving and hardworking black women who a...

I Love a Cheap, Matte Foundation - By a Proudly Shiny Faced Snob.

Annie Walton Doyle | Posted 10.21.2015 | Style
Annie Walton Doyle

I'm of the mindset that the best distraction from less-than-perfect skin is not to conceal, but to blind. If the light is literally reflecting off your "problem areas," then surely it is deflecting attention from them, right?

Six Luxury Hotel Photography Details to Seduce Your Senses

Michelle Chaplow | Posted 09.17.2015 | Travel
Michelle Chaplow

Hotel photography is all about visual temptation, you really don´t need to see the whole spa, room, or pool to get the urge to pack your case and go ...

8 September Magazine Covers Feature Incredible Black Women

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 09.01.2015 | Black Voices

No one was ready for the slayage these magazines brought for their September issues. Serena Williams, Beyoncé, Misty Copeland, Queen Latifah, Ciara, ...

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.

This Skyscraper Of The Future Will Contain A Desert, Jungle And Glacier

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 08.06.2015 | Arts

"I don't divide architecture, landscape and gardening; to me they are one," Mexican architect Luis Barragan once said. We doubt, however, that even Ba...

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...

Lilly Workneh

Ava DuVernay Will Not Be Directing 'Black Panther' Film

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

NEW ORLEANS -- Ava DuVernay will not be directing Marvel’s “Black Panther” movie, she confirmed to The Huffington Post on Friday. “It wasn'...

This Year's Essence Festival Is Taking A Bold Approach To Declare Black Lives Matter

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 05.13.2015 | Black Voices

There’s a lot happening at this year’s Essence Festival. The annual four-day event is expanding programming and will honor black lives by enric...

Ditch Your Parenting Books: Learn The Secret to Raising Happy Kids

Lindsay Robin Christianson | Posted 05.01.2016 | Parents
Lindsay Robin Christianson

It is not our job to help our kids find success. They already are successful. We don't need to help them find joy. They already are joy. Our only real task is to help them look inwards.

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...

7 Surefire Tips for Attracting True Love!

Joy Weston | Posted 04.12.2015 | Women
Joy Weston

View image | gettyimages.com "How do you spell Love? You don't spell it...You feel it."Winnie the Pooh -- A. Milne Love, Love, Love, Love, LOVE....

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...

How Commitment Is Changing My Life

Hannah Massarella | Posted 01.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Hannah Massarella

The discovery of who you are at your core is the easy bit. The bigger and often more difficult piece is embracing that new version of you fully and completely. The real work is swallowing the red pill. But what does that actually mean, how does that play out in our lives?

African American-Ish

Anthony Dickey | Posted 12.09.2014 | Black Voices
Anthony Dickey

Isn't real beauty about celebrating our differences? The world is not black and white, kids. Diversity is so much more interesting.

The Essence Galvanizer

Miriam Ava | Posted 09.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Miriam Ava

Lemon juice opens up flavors. Whip up a meal and smell/taste for yourself. When life hands you the proverbial lemon, you learn to discern the compone...

Julee Wilson

Erykah Badu And Ledisi Talk Beauty And Moms

HuffingtonPost.com | Julee Wilson | Posted 05.08.2014 | Black Voices

This Wednesday, Essence magazine celebrated two of its May 2014 cover girls -- neo-soul visionary Erykah Badu and eight-time Grammy nominee Ledisi -- ...