Niecy Nash and Jessica Betts made "herstory" this week when they became the first same-sex couple to cover "Essence."

  CNN Names Black Nonprofit Founder, Shirley Raines, Hero Of The Year  Black Girl Magic gets recognized once again as CNN announces its 2021 Hero of the Year Recipient. This year’s winner is Shirley Raines who for the past six has been doing a lot of work in the Los Angeles’s Skid Row’s houseless community by providing […]

These famed UCLA gymnasts, Chae Campbell, Nia Dennis, Margzetta Frazier and Sekai Wright are serving Black girl magic on the April digital cover story of Essence Girls United. They discuss their love for the sport, representation, elevating the culture and getting the attention of one of their musical inspirations. 

Instead of having to imagine yourself on a magazine that hasn't always been welcoming to the sistas, this challenge celebrates the iconic publication that has always been for us and by us.

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There’s some unfortunate but not all that surprising news to share about the 2020 ESSENCE Festival of Culture. Organizers have confirmed that the festival set to be headlined by Janet Jackson and Bruno Mars will not take place this year. ESSENCE originally announced a fall postponement for the Independence Day weekend fest, now the festival will return in July 2021.

Another major event, the annual Essence Festival in New Orleans has decided to postpone their event in the wake of the COVID-19 health crisis. The annual festival, which brings hundreds of thousands of people to the Crescent City for days of concerts, panels and more, was expected to run July 1 through July 5 this […]

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The "Empire" star's glorious honey-brown natural tresses are seriously speaking to us!

Diddy and his children Quincy, Justin, Christian, Chance, D’Lila and Jessie cover Essence’s 49th anniversary issue in a stunning and beautiful Black spread. dream hampton interviewed the patriarch for the “Family Over Everything” cover story. “Before this, I was a part-time father, you know?” he explained. “My family was always first, but there are countless […]


The "Little" and "Insecure" actress served up all the lewks for this one honey!

Essence’s annual Black Women In Hollywood luncheon is the mecca for melanin magic. This year’s honorees — Regina Hall, Jennifer Lewis, Amandla Stenberg and Kiki Layne– were celebrated by their peers for their excellence. Everyone from Angela Bassett to Tina Knowles-Lawson were in attendance for the official Black woman’s kick off to Oscars weekend. And […]