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Essence magazine, the premier publication dedicated to the edification and upliftment of Black women, has been forced to furlough many staff members. Essence announced in a statement on its website that it had to respond to the dramatic revenue losses as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Just as importantly to its income stream was…

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White Americans are not the only ones undergoing a process of reckoning and painful introspection. Another one could be taking place at the epicenter of Black female-centered media in the United States. Members of the executive leadership team at iconic Essence magazine are reeling after anonymous female staffers outlined explosive accusations of rampant sexual harassment,…

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On Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, ESSENCE presented its 13th annual Black Women in Hollywood Awards ceremony, celebrating Hollywood’s most renowned and accomplished women at the forefront of the industry. The theme for the brand’s 50th anniversary was the celebration of women owning, expanding and transforming the art of storytelling. The prestigious event was hosted by…

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Black women are leaving their day jobs behind and conquering as entrepreneurs. We spoke with Black female entrepreneurs at the ESSENCE and Target Holiday Market about why they made the choice to be self-employed. Candace Mitchell Harris of Myavana – “I chose entrepreneurship because I want to create generational wealth for my family. I also…

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During Essence Festival weekend, Walker’s Legacy and Paypal teamed up to present the “Mimosas and Movemakers” brunch. Held at the Hilton in downtown New Orleans, the event featured a panel discussion hosted by Walker’s Legacy founder Natalie Cofield.  Cofield moderated a panel discussion featuring Miko Branch, CEO of Miss Jessie’s; and Psyche Terry, founder of…

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Diddy continues to mourn the untimely passing of Kim Porter — the mother of four of his kids, who died in 2018. Days before Mother’s Day, Diddy shared his thoughts on experiencing the holiday without Porter during an interview on Essence’s podcast. “This Mother’s Day is going to hurt,” Diddy said, in the vulnerable moment.…

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While Essence Fest is largely known for their memorable musical performances, fashion and cultural celebrations, it also focuses on educational growth in the Black community. Essence Fest created a “Community Corner” comprised of booths featuring 501(c)(3) nonprofits, colleges and universities and grass-roots organizations. It came as no surprise that the National Council of Negro Women…

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Essence Music Festival began on July 5, 2018, as people flooded the streets of New Orleans to embark on the annual cultural celebration. On July 7, 2018, Issa Rae hosted HBO’s “Insecure” Live Wine Down at Essence Music Festival. The event was held at the Ace Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana. U.K. music sensation Ella Mai…

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A few short days from now, thousands of Black folks eager to relax, relate and rejuvenate will flock to The Big Easy for the 2018 Essence Festival, the nation’s premier event dedicated to Black music, film, art, politics, food, fashion and empowerment taking place July 5-8 in New Orleans. Between now and then, Joy Profet,…

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Stephanie Scott is a renowned publicist and branding guru who always has her thumb on the pulse of the beauty industry. Small in stature but with a large presence, Scott has worked with some of the beauty industry’s most influential, including Creme of Nature and Kimble Beauty. Though now she is one of the top…

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Taraji P. Henson has confirmed she has been dating Kelvin Hayden for the last two years, admitting she is “very, very happy.” The “Empire” actress has opened up about being in a long-term relationship with the former NFL player two years after the couple sparked speculation they were dating after being pictured holding hands together…

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