Showing posts with label Essence. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Essence. Show all posts

Nov 2, 2011

Everybody's favorite homegirl, Tasha Smith, has finally made the cover of Essence Magazine.  In the cover story entitled, Diary of a Happy Black Woman, the upcoming star of Tyler Perry's new TBS series, For Better or Worse,  reveals to Essence how faith, love and film mogul Tyler Perry propelled her life forward.
Constance White is definitely doing her thing over at Essence.  it's a beautiful thing to see deserving sistas get a shot at the cover.  The December issue hits newsstands on November 11th.

May 17, 2011

I was recently on Essence's website when I ran across a very scathing article by Janelle Harris as to why famous video vixen, Melyssa Ford, should not be a role model to young girls. This is the same Essence Magazine that put Steve Harvey on the cover and crowned him a relationship guru, but yet Melyssa Ford is persona non grata. I guess God ain't through with Steve, but he/she can't do anything to change Melyssa. Now don't get me wrong I'm not a Melyssa Ford apologist. I'm just not one of those people who sits in my ivory tower and think I can look down my nose at someone because she made choices in her life that I may not would have made in mine. I'm just not one of those people. I'm not judgemental towards people especially my sisters and yes even a video vixen is still a sister to me.

It just amazes me how judgemental we are towards one another. Instead of Janelle talking to Melyssa and asking her why she made the choices in life that she made, she chose to skewer her on a website that is supposed to celebrate and put black women first. She can tear down Melyssa, but yet have Alicia Keys on the cover. I'm not judging Alicia, but the hypocrisy is startling. It's okay for Alicia to be a role model, but not Melyssa. Please help me out with this one.

We (black women) got all up in arms when a dude of Japanese decent took to 'Psychology Today' and wrote about how black women are the 'least attractive', but if you were to take a gander at some of these blogs you'll realize that we are some of the biggest perpetrators of spirit assassinations when it comes to our fellow sistas. We rip each other up at every chance we get. If a woman doesn't fit what we think is a chaste-virginally-feminist-natural hair wearing-weave wearing-dashiki wearing-Louboutin stepping-college degree toting-bible thumping-'S' on her chest model then we have absolutely nothing but utter contempt for her. She is not worth our time thus we must shun her.

We don't need other people tearing us down, we do a mighty fine job of it all by ourselves. We are the ones that when a sista walk in the room we have to size her up instead of just offering a smile and saying hello (don't act like I don't know what I'm talking about). We are the ones that talk about how nappy someone's weave is or how if a person is in an outfit that doesn't fit our virginally views that she must be a streetwalker or a stripper. That's not Mr. Kanazawa, that's us. I hate to come across as cynical but maybe one of the reasons we're so mad at Mr. Kanazawa was because he was treading on our territory of tearing us down. We obviously don't need any help in that department. We have that covered.

Mar 7, 2011

I love Essence magazine and what it respresents to us as black women. My love for the magazine is why I constantly showcase it on this website despite the fact they are constantly recycling cover models. I would love it if they would feature some of these established as well as up and coming models on the cover such as Jourdan Dunn, Joan Smalls, Sessilee Lopez, and Chanel Iman. I mean we are constanly complaining about the fact that so-called mainstream magazines are not showcasing models of color, but yet magazines aimed at us are doing the exact same thing. Essence is supposed to be the trendsetter not the follower. Essence is a niche magazine that doesn't require it to always have celebrities on the cover in order to sale. I mean let's be honest they have the same five or six women on the cover anyway. I just want more from the magazine that I fell in love with when I was five years.

Jul 25, 2010

There is definitely a changing of the guard at Essence magazine. First Susan L. Taylor leaves then Mikki Taylor steps down and now the magazine has hired Ellianna Placas to take over as fashion director.

Placas will make her debut with the magazine's 40th anniversary September issue and will oversee the conception and packaging of Essence's fashion coverage, feature stories and multi-platform packages. She began her career in publishing styling cover shoots for 0: The Oprah Magazine. Placas has also worked for Us Weekly, Real Simple, New York, More and Life & Style. source

Tasha Turner is also returning to the magazine to serve as Senior Beauty Editor.

The announcement of Ellianna Placas has not come without controversy. Cultural critic and former Essence editor, Michaela angela Davis took to her Twitter account to express her frustrations with the selection. Here is what she wrote:

Via MADvision

it is with a heavy heavy heart I have learned that Essence Magazine has engaged a white fashion director, this hurts, literally, spiritually
5:39 PM Jul 23rd via web

the fashion industry has historically been so very hostile to black people, especially women. there are so few seats at the precicious table
5:56 PM Jul 23rd via web

there is 1 just 1 magazine in all of mainstream that claims in its very dna, its very brand that its for black women only
5:59 PM Jul 23rd via web

the lens in which our style, our image, our look is seen should be uniquely connected through our history+soul, here..this is not any mag
6:00 PM Jul 23rd via web

there are many FIERCE qualified black fashion professionals now at every publishing house..I've even trained a few
6:03 PM Jul 23rd via web

i'm sure this wont hurt as much 2morrow but understand this was my 1rst job as an editor-Susan Taylor herself had this position
6:04 PM Jul 23rd via web

Ionia Dunn-Lee, Harriette Cole worked so hard to have black women respected in fashion, there are so FEW slots-this brand based on race
6:23 PM Jul 23rd via web

be CLEAR I LOVE Essence, its home+this is a very risky conversation I'm aware-but is because I love it I am hurt+provoke the conversation
6:25 PM Jul 23rd via web

What do you think about Essence's new Fashion Director? Is this Much Ado about Nothing or definitely something to be worried about?

Mar 9, 2010

The APRIL issue of ESSENCE
hits newsstands MARCH 12th!

Essence is featuring another fresh face on the cover of the magazine for the month of April. This may be a record for the magazine. I'm really loving Zoe on the cover.

Cover Story: From A to Zoe

"Power can be an amazing tool or a deadly weapon..."
—Zoe Saldana

She garnered tons of attention with her star turn in the Oscar-nominated blockbuster Avatar. And sure, she's got a string of hot films coming soon—opposite everyone from Chris Rock to Idris Elba. But who is Zoe Saldana, really? ESSENCE talks to Hollywood's screen gem as she gets real on power, sex and her guilty pleasures. (Page 110)

S is for sex: “Love it, love it, love it—can’t live without it!” Saldana exults. “I love sex. I love skin. I don’t believe the body is something to hide. I think in American society we’re messing up our kids by taking away the education on and awareness of our sexuality and replacing it with violence, guns and video games—and we’re breeding little criminals.”

B is for boyfriend: When it comes to intimate relationships, Saldana, who currently lives with her longtime boyfriend, Keith Britton, likes to be knocked off her feet. “I’m more of a punch-drunk-love kind of girl,” she admits. “I mean punch as in that pow, that jolt, that kick in the gut. I like things that are severe, passionate and extreme.”

EXCLUSIVE: CONFESSIONS OF AN NBA WIFE—SHAUNIE O’NEAL…Shaquille and Shaunie O’Neal were the ultimate NBA couple. Yet for years they were plagued by rumors of infidelity. Now with her new reality show, Basketball Wives, about to air, Shaunie dishes to ESSENCE about gaining the strength to leave her marriage and find herself. (Page 130)

Jan 6, 2010

Reggie Bush Essence Magazine February 2010 Cover Picture
Hmmmmm........I don't know what to say about this.  Don't get me wrong.  Reggie is a fine specimen of a man, but let's keep it 100. Love is love and I don't care who Reggie is in a relationship with. The problem lies in the fact that Essence caters to Black women. I hope they are prepared for the backlash that I am sure is going to follow. They would have been better off putting Lance Gross on the cover. 


Nov 5, 2009

“God took us all the way around the block, halfway around the world, and we got back to each other…”

—Steve Harvey , ESSENCE (December 2009)

After the most successful year in his career, radio personality, best-selling author and “love guru” Steve Harvey knows life’s true reward is having faith, family and love—especially now with his wife and soul mate Marjorie. In the article, You’re all i need to get by, the couple invited ESSENCE into their Atlanta home to talk about real love, making their house a haven for their blended family and how she helped to save the comedian’s life.


Oct 5, 2009

"...All the hairstylists were lined up, and when my stylist heard, 'Here is your student,' she looked like, 'Oh my God, what am I going to do with this Afro hair?' Well, I left there in tears..."--Nia Long, ESSENCE (November 2009)

On the heels of her appearance in comedian Chris Rock's documentary Good Hair, actress Nia Long and ESSENCE invited five smart and stylish women--singer Solange Knowles; singer Ledisi; TV host Tanika Ray; celebrity hairstylist Ursula Stephen; and writer and producer Tonya Lewis Lee--for a provocative discussion about Black women's love-hate relationship with their hair in the article THE ROOT OF THE ISSUE. The exchanges between the women, moderated by ESSENCE beauty and cover director Mikki Taylor, range from hilarious to heartbreaking, but they all keep it real on this hot-button issue.

May 13, 2009

Cover Story: This Far By Faith

“When I’m onstage, everything kind of goes away…it’s like therapy…”

Jennifer Hudson was at the top of her game when the unimaginable happened last October. It was a tragedy of such epic proportions it seemed inconceivable that the Jennifer we knew—the young woman who came to embody a Hollywood fairy tale—could ever return. Here, she talks to ESSENCE’s Jeannine Amber about being back in the spotlight, the love of her life and what gives her peace. (Page 104)

On her late mother and coping with the loss of her family:

In a cover story for Essence magazine, Jennifer Hudson share memories of her mother, Darnell Donerson, who was murdered in Chicago last October along with her brother and nephew.

"I was always a mama's baby," Hudson tells the magazine. "I'd go and sleep in her bed until I was 15 years old."

The singer's fiancĂ© David Otunga tells the magazine that one of Hudson's biggest concerns after she decided to throw herself back into work – she's promoting her debut album and touring with Robin Thicke – was the thought of having to answer questions about the loss of her family.

"We don't talk about it," says Otunga, who received Donerson's blessing before he proposed to Hudson on her 27th birthday last September. "In this time when things seem so uncertain for her, there is certainty in our bond. She doesn't have to worry about losing me. I'm always going to be right here."

Hudson, who recently re-proposed to Otunga with a Neil Lane ring to match her own engagement rock, says her fiancĂ© – a Harvard-educated-lawyer-turned-pro-wrestler – is family-oriented. "I love that. And he is such a gentlemen, like, I sit in the car waiting because I can't touch the door. I am not allowed!"

Hudson also relies heavily on her faith. "The thing that keeps me going is knowing that God is in control," she says. "It's like, if He placed me here then I must be prepared." (Source)

After the jump check out what else is in the June issue of Essence.

Our Secret Pain:

Rihanna and Chris Brown were just the reality check. Statistics say that one in three African-American women has experienced domestic violence, and nearly 30% of them are likely to be in physically abusive relationships at any given time. ESSENCE investigates the epidemic of domestic violence in this community and talks to four women who found the courage to walk away. Their stories will shock you. (Page 120)

ESSENCE Get a Job Series: Go From Layoff to Payoff

The average time for finding employment is eight months. With the number of job seekers growing daily, many are feeling the pain of the worst downturn in decades. Here’s how to cut your job search in half! (Page 64)

The Body Shop:

How far do you think a woman would you go to get a man—or please the one she has? ESSENCE investigates the growing pursuit of sexual fulfillment. (Page 111)

Mar 23, 2009

When people learned that we wanted to photograph Iman, Taraji P. Henson and Serena Williams for our April cover, the comments started immediately. "Oh, they'll never get along" was the refrain most often heard. It was as if the notion that three beautiful and accomplished Black women might come together for a joint cover shoot was just too outrageous to entertain.

Yet the murmurs weren't totally without precedent. After all, Black women's relationships with one another have often been fraught with tension. Truth is, we are sometimes our own worst enemy. Wall Street executive Carla A. Harris told us recently she had noticed that in the workplace Black women are sometimes the ones derailing other sisters. Certainly we've been guilty of tearing each other down in our personal relationships as well, even fighting over a sorry man who tried to play us against each other. But with all the challenges facing us, it's more important than ever that we as Black women make a conscious decision to support, love and affirm one another at work, in our communities, in our churches and in our organizations. It's time for us to wake up to the fact that our problem isn't between us; it's with all the forces that teach us to undermine one another instead of pulling together to strengthen us all. Whatever happened to lifting each other as we climb?

Now, I'm not saying we're all going to get along all the time, but if we can cherish and accept our sisters as we would want to be cherished and accepted, we will go a long way in setting a new tone in our often-fractured relationships. If we can stop the sideways glancing when one of us walks into a room, if we can stop the head-to-toe assessment of others in the club, if we can stop calling people out behind their backs-while smiling in their faces-if we can put an end to all that, we can start to reclaim the spirit of our sisterhood.

Let's begin by greeting one another with open arms and minds and stop assuming that we're out to get one another. The next time a sister you don't know walks into a room, the next time a Black woman you've never met starts working at your job, go out of your way to introduce yourself and give her a compliment. You just may make a loyal new friend.

I'm pleased to report that not only did our three cover beauties warmly welcome the idea of a joint photo shoot, but they were also genuinely supportive of one another on set, each one complimenting the other's hair, makeup, clothing and careers. As Beauty and Cover Director Mikki Taylor said, "Love was in the air and in the hearts of these three icons as they embraced one another, shared familiar stories and struck the pose again and again."


Mar 10, 2009

Feb 6, 2009

Dec 1, 2008

The Obamas are set to be the cover models of the January edition of Essence Magazine. I can't wait to get my issue in the mail.

ESSENCE's January 2009 dual-cover issue featuring President-elect Barack Obama and soon-to-be First Lady Michelle commemorates a once-in-forever event as only we can. The 56-page tribute features the images, thoughts and dreams of some of our best writers and photographers and examines what the Obama victory means for us, our children and the future of Black America. Yes, this is our time. And the journey has just begun.


Nov 10, 2008

I just love black love. Despite all the rumors this is still one of my favorite couples.

Check out more pics after the jump.

Oct 7, 2008

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I don't personally have a problem with Beyonce being on the cover of Essence Magazine, it just seems as though she is always on the cover. There are plenty of beautiful black women out there, but yet Essence seems to only want to give us a select few for it's cover. Italian Vogue did an entire issue featuring black models, but I can't remember the last time I saw a black model grace the cover of Essence (please someone correct me if I am wrong). Chanel Iman and Jourdan Dunn deserve to grace the cover of Essence. These two females are two of the biggest supermodels out there. And can someone please explain to me why artist like Rihanna and Ciara have yet to grace the cover of Essence? I just wish Essence would go back to the days when they featured all different types of women on their covers. I understand that magazines are about sales, but my goodness how many times can you rehash the story of Beyonce. She is a beautiful and talented sista, but there are some other beautiful and talented sistas out there and they deserve their time in the limelight also. This whole cover just feels like deja vu to me. We are more than the one dimensional stuff Essence has chosen to present to us. I have been a subscriber for over a decade and I just think the magazine I love can do better when it comes to representing us.

Sep 26, 2008

Essence is on a crusade to change the way women think about themselves.

Jun 11, 2008

Nothing against weaves, but I'm happy the sista is rocking her own hair. It looks great on her. I could have sworn she was just on the cover of Essence, but oh well she looks great nonetheless.

May 13, 2008

Jan 7, 2008

So Essence is having a contest in which they have six men propose to their unsuspecting girlfriends for a chance at a dream wedding and honeymoon in which we the viewers get to vote on. Well, I've watched all of the proposals and I've finally decided on the couple in which I am voting for. The proposal done by this brother really made me cry (that's not saying much since I'm nothing but a bucket of water anyway, but it really made me go into the Halle Berry-when she won the Oscar for Monster Ball-cry). So I present to you my favorite proposal and also my close runner-up.

Davon Franklin & Nerisse Reeves

Click here to check out the proposal.

***My runner-up was Demetrius Richmond & Chrissy Hannon

His proposal was really personal and endearing. Click here to watch it.

So watch the rest of them and tell me what you think. Don't worry if you disagree with me it will not hurt my feelings :-).

Nov 13, 2007

Nia Long, Sanaa Lathan, and Gabrielle Union are three of the most beautiful ladies in Hollywood and they also happen to be great friends. Essence magazine was able to catch up with the three ladies for their December issue in which the ladies discussed relationships, gossip, Black men, and the new year. Here is a little snippet on what they had to say about gossip and gossip blogs:

Essence: How do you deal with the 24-hours-a-day gossip
that comes out on the Internet?

Gabrielle: Just last week somebody gave me a baby. This isn’t Perez Hilton or the White gossip people, these are women of color, specifically Black women who, for whatever reason, don’t like the company I keep.

Sanaa: She’s talking about the gossip sites.

Essence: The blogs.

Sanaa: That are run by Black women.

Gabrielle: And now because everyone is clamoring for celebrity tidbits, the bigger gossip sites and even mainstream entities are picking up on it. No fact-checking, no nothing. And in one week’s time, there were like five different dudes, a baby—I’m a homewrecker. In literally seven days. I can’t point the finger at the White media. They don’t care about us. Paparazzi are not staked out in front of any of our houses. They are not going through our garbage because they don’t care about us in that way. So when you hear crap about us, it is coming from our own community, which hurts.

Nia: We are some of the few Black actresses whose passions are rooted in our community.

Gabrielle: There is this idea that there is integrity in journalism; if it’s written it has to be true. But that’s not the case. When blogs or any of the magazines get it wrong, there’s no accountability. In the next breath, they’ll complain on the blogs that we don’t have enough Black stars. Well, you rip us to shreds every two seconds from our nose to the weave to the clothes to the shoes to the ashy ankles. (Source)