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Watch: Fantasia Sings the Hell Out of “Purple Rain”

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This isn’t a recent performance, but it’s quite apropos on the day after Prince’s passing. If there’s anyone out there who needs to be in an award show’s Prince tribute it’s Fantasia. I’d turn the volume down if you’re at work. ‘Cause y’all  know she can...

Chris Brown Opens Up About Rihanna Assault In New Documentary Trailer

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Chris Brown – Welcome to My Life – Trailer from Riveting Entertainment on Vimeo. “If you truly do love Chris Brown, then you felt everything that has gone on with him,” Usher says in the trailer for Welcome to My Life, an upcoming documentary about...

President Obama And Misty Copeland Discuss Race, Body Image And #BlackGirlMagic At The White House

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In a rare ESSENCE exclusive moderated by TIME reporter Maya Rhodan, President Obama and American Ballet Theater prima Ballerina Misty Copeland spoke candidly about their personal experiences with racism and shared their opinions on the importance of activism and social movements like ‘Black Girl Magic’,...

Could You ‘Buy Black’ for 30 Days Straight? Watch One Couple Give It a Try

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Dennis Dortch and Numa Perrier are known for being the creative force behind Black&SexyTV, a successful indie production company that focuses on releasing quality content for young, Black audiences. The pair have made a name for themselves catering to their very engaged, very hungry fan base with shows...

Michelle Obama Pays A Surprise Visit To DC Elementary School Students And Their Reactions Are Priceless

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First Lady Michelle Obama recently made a few very special stops on her Lets Move campaign trail to two DC area elementary schools. (Watkins Elementary and John Burroughs Elementary) The schools have gardens thanks to their involvement in Foodprints, a program operating in six area...

Makeup Artist And Burn Survivor Shalom Nchom Is An Inspiration To Us All

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When she was just 9 years old, Nigerian native Shalom Nchom aka Shalom Blac got into an accident with frying oil at her family’s store and was left with severe burns. “Life after the accident wasn’t what I thought it would be,” Nchom told BuzzFeed. “I...