Essence

Ava DuVernay Covers Essence’s “Black Women in Hollywood” March 2017 Issue

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“I want to do what I want to do for as long as I want to do it. I don’t have children. These films are my children. So this is what I will leave. I’m going to give them all the love and nurturing I...

We Have To Do Better: Natural Vlogger Is Told Her Hair Is “To Pretty To Loc”

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Despite mass outrage over the Federal Court of Appeals ruling it’s okay for companies to ban locs, white people aren’t the only ones who still have an issue with the hairstyle. It’s an uncomfortable truth to confront, but one that reared its ugly head when popular hair...

Gabrielle Union Writes Letter of Support to Rape Survivors and BOAN Protesters in Essence

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What a friend we have in Gabrielle Union. While Nate Parker continues to question why his 17-year-old rape accusation is still a thing, Gabrielle has spoken out in support of rape survivors and victims who’ve chosen to boycott The Birth of a Nation. In a new...

Common Aims To Honor Black Women From The Perspective Of Black Men With New “Love Star” Documentary

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It’s not every day you hear a black man — specifically a rapper — say he wants to honor black women, so when one makes such a bold declaration we have no choice but to listen. Common has focused his admiration of black women into a mini-documentary titled Love...

#BlackLove: The Obamas Talk Legacy in Special Edition of Essence

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When President Obama and the first lady leave the White House, there will not be a dry eye in sight. And in a special collector’s issue of Essence, the President and Michelle Obama talk about their legacy and what they’ll remember once they leave. “I...

Uzo Aduba Is ESSENCE Magazine’s September 2016 Cover Star

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With two prime-time Emmy wins, a West End play and two films in 2016, Orange Is The New Black’s Uzo Aduba’s career is in full swing. “This business will try to convince you that you’re not enough,” she says. “That you’re not pretty enough, thin...