Essence

Michelle Ebanks had served in a top leadership role with the iconic media outlet and brand marketed to Black women since the early 2000s before it was announced she would be stepping down from the position.

She says she definitely had some "trepidation" about her question.

The singer was fired from the Essence Music Festival.

  Michelle Obama‘s physique has gotten plenty of praise over the years, but her anatomy still has the power to make jaws drop. Case in point: the recent photo spread of the First Lady and President Obama in Essence, which is getting attention not only for its proud display of #BlackLove, but for Michelle’s backside […]

Shonda Rhimes, Ava DuVernay, Debbie Allen, Mara Brock Akil and Issa Rae all grace the cover of the May edition of Essence Magazine for their “Game Changers” issue. Jamsin Simpkins and HipHollywood bring you this exclusive behind the scenes look at the women’s magazine photoshoot and their individual interviews talking about how they have changed the face of Hollywood, […]

This year’s Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Phoenix Awards Dinner kicked off a night in Washington, D.C. to be remembered. The festivities began on Sept. 27 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, where President Barack Obama hailed departing attorney general Eric Holder and encouraged Black voters to participate in the 2014 midterm elections (and quipped that if the gala “wasn’t black-tie, I would have […]

Tatsha Robertson, 48, was the only Black senior editor People magazine has ever had. Following her being laid off in May, Robertson filed a lawsuit claiming she was discriminated against by her boss and that her time at the magazine was fraught with racial tension. People is “a discriminatory organization run entirely by white people who intentionally focus the […]

Roland Martin talked with “Essence” Editor-in-Chief Vanessa K. Bush about challenges of being the voice of Black women. Bush also discusses how important African American women’s voices are in deciding future elections. Be sure to listen to “NewsOne Now” with Roland Martin, weekdays at 7 a.m. EST and watch at 9 a.m. EST on TV One.     

Chirlane McCray’s (pictured left) 1979 Essence essay “I Am a Lesbian,” broke boundaries,  marking the first time a Black gay woman shared her sexuality openly. RELATED: Chirlane McCray Controversy Proves It’s Time To Get Out Of People’s Bedrooms Today,  McCray is married to N.Y.C. Public Advocate and Mayoral Candidate Bill de Blasio (pictured right), sharing with […]

Ellianna Placas has been fired after a controversial two year run as fashion director for Essence magazine, reports the New York Post. When Placas was hired in July 2010, the backlash was instant and fierce. Former “Essence” fashion editor and image activist Michaela angela Davis unapologetically tweeted her reaction to the hiring at the time: […]

If anyone thought that the New York Association of Black Journalists  (NYABJ) would defend the caliber of Beyonce Knowles’ award-winning Essence story, “Eat, Play, Love,” they would be sadly mistaken. In a (second) slap in the face to journalists everywhere, President Michael J. Feeney basically told The Root’s Journal-isms that Beyonce’s piece was all they […]

Since 2008, African-American women have taken pride in the fact that the First Lady is finally someone who looks like them. Not only is she smart; she’s also beautiful. And ask any sister, and she’ll tell you First Lady Michelle Obama can dress. “Essence” magazine’s editor-at-large Mikki Taylor knows what it takes to have that […]