Atlanta Hawks’ Nzinga Shaw on the impact of Black women in leadership roles

As the chief diversity and inclusion officer of the Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena, Nzinga Shaw is the first person to hold the position in the National Basketball Association. Shaw credits her educational background from institutions such as Spelman College, the University of Pennsylvania, and studying abroad at the University of Oxford in the United […]

Sammye Scott makes mark in the music industry

While the majority of 20-somethings are struggling to land a job interview, Entertainment mogul-in-the-making Sammye Scott is effortlessly navigating her way to becoming one of the top women in the music business. In the midst of working to discover music’s newest superstars as an A&R at label giant, Atlantic Records, the Spelman graduate also serves as […]

Mike B., the ‘prince of fashion,’ shares his hip-hop odyssey

The world of fashion is fickle, but those who possess a keen understanding of style eternally have a seat at the table of haute couture. Jamaican-American stylist and designer Mike Barnett (Mike B.) represents that select few. While working in fashion wasn’t his go-to career choice, fate had the last laugh. Growing up in Greenburgh, New […]

Meet Shavone Charles, the millennial bringing #Blackgirlmagic to Silicon Valley

If “The Future is female” as they say, and Black girls have magic, then Shavone Charles is undeniably leading the pack. She currently serves as ‎the head of global music and youth culture communications at Instagram. While most 20-somethings are struggling to find their professional footing after college, Charles already had her creative talents planted at […]

Stiletto-dancing choreographer Aliya Janell snatches the internet’s wig

A dancer extraordinaire, Aliya Janell has taken the internet by storm with her gutsy choreography in 5-inch heels. Each week, the Los Angeles native posts sensationally viral video clips of her must-attend class titled “Queen N’ Lettos.” Janell represents a new era of dancers whose social media serve as digital portfolios showcasing their craft. With […]

Jamika Crowner has built a beauty oasis at Fantasy Faces Lash & Brow Studio

Jamika Crowner, owner of Fantasy Faces Lash & Brow Studio in East Point, Georgia, says it’s their “goal to provide affordable beauty luxury for the modern woman” at her beauty oasis. “Our services include eyelash extensions, microblading, massage, facials, full body waxing, makeup and classes,” says the makeup artist who has a wealth of experience […]

Angela Yee’s on-air presence has propelled urban culture for 20 years

The road to success for veteran radio personality Angela Yee wasn’t paved with strategic business moves and a blueprint. During the early stages of her career, the Wesleyan University graduate was paying her dues the old-school way by working as an intern for Wu-Tang Management. Volunteering landed her the opportunity to write skits on GZA’s […]

Meet the sisters leading a thriving Atlanta communications agency

Running a family business can be fraught with challenges, but for the business partners of Theory Communications, sisters Andrea and Erica Hamilton, it’s been a labor of love. The entrepreneurial duo launched their Atlanta-based firm in 2014, which specializes in public relations, digital marketing, event planning, and lifestyle branding. They have attained a high-profile roster […]

Sevyn Streeter finds healing in writing and performing music

From humble beginnings of singing church hymns in Haines City, Florida, to selling out shows in Hollywood, Sevyn Streeter has shown critics her relentless hustle and why “It Won’t Stop” (the 2013 song and video featuring Chris Brown). The 31-year-old singer-songwriter signed with Atlantic Records in 2012 after departing from girl groups TG4 and RichGirl. […]

Miller Lite’s Tap the Future competition kicks off in New York

The New York edition of Miller Lite’s Tap the Future regional competition was a phenomenal success. “Shark Tank” star Daymond John and Kenny Burns, the SVP of brand development for Combs Enterprises, brought the crowd to their feet when expressing how the Live Pitch tour is changing the lives of aspiring entrepreneurs, one investment at […]

Holly Schroeder pens book to uplift son with special needs

There’s no love comparable to the bond between mother and son, much like the relationship between author Holly Schroeder and her son, Manny, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Manny is unable to speak, so Holly gave him a voice through her most recent literary endeavor — a book she wrote and published in his honor. […]

2 new Black women executives represent diversity at Uber and Twitter

It was the advent of diversity and the need for inclusion that led to many of the modifications that are occurring in Silicon Valley. Twitter itself needed a few new faces and has elected former vice president of global inclusion and diversity at Motorola, Candi Castleberry-Singleton. She’s replacing Jeffrey Siminoff, who stepped down in February. […]

Ricco Barrino prepares to release ‘Fantasia’s Brother’

R&B singer Ricco Barrino is “American Idol” winner Fantasia Barrino’s older brother. Critics believe he may be taking a step in the wrong direction naming his newest project Fantasia’s Brother but the North Carolina native says there’s a method to the madness. Rolling out spoke with Ricco to discuss his new music project and his […]

‘Insecure’s’ Amanda Seales is redefining funny

Actress and comedian Amanda Seales, formerly known by her stage name Amanda Diva, has discovered the essence of what it truly means to be “funny” but in her own voice, of course. The 36-year-old intellectual will make you laugh and have a “come to Jesus” moment at the same time. Contrary to the hypersexualized route […]

Tarriona ‘Tank’ Ball has the perfect blend of lyrical genius and poetic punch

Tarriona Ball has arguably one most the most soulful voices to grace the music industry in the last decade. She began garnering attention as an outspoken slam poet in her adolescent years, but most recognize her now as Tank of New Orleans-based funk-soul musical group Tank and the Bangas. The group formed at a local […]

Ford Motor Company honors Black journalists with private affair at ESSENCE Fest

Among the bulk of must-attend events at ESSENCE Fest in New Orleans, this year was Ford’s private press junket brunch spearheaded by Ford’s multicultural communications manager, Raj Register.  The festival sponsor hosted an exclusive dining experience for a hand-selected group of Black journalists representing a portion of the most respected media outlets in the country. […]

Tichina Arnold receives McDonald’s 365 Black Award

The McDonald’s 365 Black Awards show was held Sunday, July 2, at the historic Ritz-Carlton Hotel in New Orleans closing out the last day of ESSENCE Fest 2017. Each year, the program recognizes and celebrates African Americans who are excelling in their respective fields and for the first time ever the organization awarded only female […]

My Black is Beautiful reps discuss overcoming cultural stigmas

Ten years ago, My Black is Beautiful was created by a handful of Black Procter & Gamble associates who represented a small percentage of its corporate infrastructure. The bold bunch stepped out of their nine-to-five setting to advocate for Black women who have continuously been made to feel inferior by society. “I so appreciate this platform […]

Rev. Al Sharpton lauds New Orleans’ mayor for removing symbols of hate, bigotry

Essence Fest 2017 commenced last night with “A Soul of Nola” press conference sponsored by Coca-Cola to salute the 61st mayor of New Orleans, Mitch Landrieu’s 16-year partnership with the organization. The evening also served as an emotional farewell as Landrieu’s second term in office comes to a close. Several board members of Essence magazine […]

YouTube star Raye Boyce speaks out on racial divide in beauty vlogging industry

In the saturated realm of beauty vlogging, which garnered 42 billion views last year, according to YouTube, unfortunately, lies a significant racial divide between the success of women of color compared to other races. Popular vlogger Raye Boyce known as “Raye Raye” to her devoted online followers, is one of the fortunate few who has […]