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Essence Honors Black Women in Hollywood

Regina Hall, KiKi Layne, Jenifer Lewis and Amandla Stenberg each have their own cover.

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Tarana Burke Guest Edits Essence Magazine's #MeToo Issue

“It was my deepest honor to be able to partner with this legacy magazine to shine a light on the issues around sexual violence that are directly affecting Black women.”

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Essence and Queen Latifah Unveil $20 Million Fund for Artists of Color

The Essence Creators and Makers Fund will support artists who make content for women of color.

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Janet Jackson Pays Tribute to Late Father at Essence Festival

Joe Jackson died just two weeks before the performance.

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Michael B. Jordan on Inclusion Riders: 'Actions Speak Louder Than Words'

The “Black Panther” and “Fahrenheit 451” star discussed building diverse representation into his production company for Essence magazine’s June cover story.

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Wakanda's Finest Shine on Three Essence Covers

The stars of “Black Panther” discuss the film’s exploration of Black identity in the magazine’s March cover story.

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Ava DuVernay, Oprah Winfrey and Storm Reid Rule New Essence Magazine Cover

“A Wrinkle in Time” director DuVernay: “This is me trying to make us in a way we haven’t been rendered in film before…” 

Essence Magazine Devotes Entire Issue to 'Black Lives Matter'

It’s the first time in the publication’s history that it’s gone without a cover image.

Is Essence Leaving Black Women Behind?

The magazine is set to announce its new fashion editor: a white woman.