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Nicki Minaj Speaks On Her Father Robert Maraj’s Passing For The First Time

Last night, Barbz went crazy after Nicki Minaj went on Instagram live with Young Money Cash Money alum Drake and dropped her famed Beam Me Up Scotty mixtape. Following the […] The post Nicki Minaj Speaks ...

Added May 15, 2021

One month after volcano eruptions began in St. Vincent and thousands displaced, a long road to recovery

It’s been one month since the La Soufrière volcano in St.Vincent and the Grenadines began a series of explosive eruptions, displacing 20 percent of the population on this eastern Caribbean […] The post ...

Added May 14, 2021

Palestine Is In The Midst Of A Humanitarian Crisis. Here’s Exactly What’s Happening.

Over the last two weeks, we have seen state sanctioned violence increase in Palestine. With reports of censorship, genocide and nonstop bombings from Israel, it is critical that we stand up and pay attention ...

Added May 14, 2021

Black Moms and Caretakers Aren’t Getting the Pay and Support They Deserve. Universal Child Care Can Help Change That

Like many Black women across the South, I come from a family of care workers. Nearly every woman on my mothers side of the family— my mother, aunts, grandmother, and […] The post Black Moms and Caretakers ...

Added May 14, 2021

‘I’ve Become Softer’: How Motherhood And A Two-Year Bout Of Postpartum Depression Changed ‘Bad Girl’ Tanisha Thomas

The original bad girl is back. Tanisha Thomas, who came to fame for her colorful personality in 2008 after appearing on Oxygen’s reality show Bad Girls Club, is returning to […] The post ‘I’ve Become Softer ...

Added May 14, 2021

These New Yorkers Aim to Be the First Black Mayor of NYC in 30 Years. What’s On Their Agenda?

From the cultural renaissance in Harlem to the worldwide dominance of hip-hop that was birthed in the Bronx, Black New Yorkers have shaped the culture of New York City— and […] The post These New Yorkers ...

Added May 14, 2021

These Are The 6 Best Sandals For Summer 2021

Perhaps the best thing about warm weather is the shoe options. Sure we love boots and obviously, we love sneakers too, but when the warm weather truly kicks in, there’s something about […] The post These ...

Added May 14, 2021

Yara Shahidi Explores Her Heritage With New Adidas Collection

This season, Adidas Originals and Yara Shahidi have come together to present a two-part collaborative footwear and apparel collection. The new partnership features the spirit of ReCreation through unique ...

Added May 14, 2021

Go Off, Sis! Mo’Nique Is Dancing Her Heart Out In The Name Of Fitness

Actress and comedienne Mo’Nique never shies away from living in the moment and sharing her truth, and her fans love her for it. For the past few years, Mo’Nique has […] The post Go Off, Sis! Mo’Nique Is ...

Added May 14, 2021

This Viral Multi-Purpose Pan Is The Ultimate Cooking Hack

I’m a one-pan kind of girl. Of course, I know the importance of having multiple cookware for various meals, but when you’re in a pitch and have multiple mouths to […] The post This Viral Multi-Purpose ...

Added May 14, 2021

‘Black Love’ Exclusive: Tabitha Brown Shares The Hilarious Story Of When She First Told Her Husband She Loved Him

Our favorite on air celebration of Black love is back. Season 5 of the popular docuseries Black Love premieres tonight on OWN and we’re already swooning over the new lineup […] The post ‘Black Love’ Exclusive ...

Added May 14, 2021

It Took Chris Rock Two Days To Loosen Up Around Samuel L. Jackson On The Set Of ‘Spiral’

We don’t tend to think about the rich and famous being starstruck by fellow celebrities, but that’s exactly what happened to Chris Rock on the set of his latest film, […] The post It Took Chris Rock Two ...

Added May 14, 2021

How Balancing Being A Parent And A Friend Led To The Close-Knit Bond Between Tammy Rivera And Daughter Charlie

Raising a teenager, especially in the social media age, is hard work. It can be difficult to communicate, to keep an eye on what they’re exposed to online and in […] The post How Balancing Being A Parent ...

Added May 14, 2021

Gen Z Girl Bosses Speak On The Crucial Role Today’s Young Voices Play In Impacting Global Change

In 2021, Black women of all ages are continuing to rise and step into their excellence as leaders. During the first-ever ESSENCE I Am Speaking Summit, we heard from three […] The post Gen Z Girl Bosses ...

Added May 13, 2021

Paramount+ Announces ‘The Game’ Reboot With Original Cast

Time to turn The Game on – and we don’t mean Sunday football. Paramount+ has given a ten-episode series order for the reboot of The CW and BET’s series The […] The post Paramount+ Announces ‘The Game ...

Added May 13, 2021

Former Child Stars We Can’t Believe Have Their Own Kids Now

You know what’s sure to make you feel old? Running across images of people you watched as kids on television in the past, now clearly adults. If you want to […] The post Former Child Stars We Can’t Believe ...

Added May 13, 2021

Georgia Republican Governor Signs Bill That Bans Defunding the Police

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp (R) is saying no to defunding the police. Last week, Governor Kemp signed a bill to make it illegal for cities and counties to make massive […] The post Georgia Republican Governor ...

Added May 13, 2021

The Bottega Veneta Stretch Mesh-Panel Sandals Are Already Poised To Be The Shoe Of The Summer

2021 fashion trends have been nothing short of versatile and nostalgic, with fashion lovers channeling trends, patterns, and accessories from ’70s fashion. While trends for the spring have widely consisted ...

Added May 13, 2021

Tribeca Fest Announces Special Curated Juneteenth Lineup

The 2021 Tribeca Film Festival has announced a lineup of specially curated Juneteenth programming, which will unapologetically celebrate Black excellence and storytelling in film, television, entertainment ...

Added May 13, 2021

Angelina Jolie: “There’s Been So Much To Learn” Raising A Black Child In These Times

Tomorrow, the New Line Cinema thriller Those Who Wish Me Dead will be released in theaters in the U.S. and on HBO Max. Though on the surface, the film is […] The post Angelina Jolie: “There’s Been So Much ...

Added May 13, 2021

Pyer Moss Will Unveil Its First Haute Couture Collection At Paris Fashion Week

Since its inception in 2013, luxury fashion brand Pyer Moss, led by its founder Kerby Jean- Raymond, has continued to serve as a constant source of inspiration for the slew […] The post Pyer Moss Will ...

Added May 13, 2021

Meet 3 Dynamic Black Women Working To Increase Opportunities And Support For Film & Television Creatives In Ghana

During the 2021 ESSENCE I Am Speaking Summit, ESSENCE Studios Co-Founder and Executive Producer Sidra Smith gathered three dynamic Black women who work as directors, producers, writers or actresses in ...

Added May 13, 2021

Steph and Ayesha Curry Join Goldman Sachs On Their Mission To Support Black Women

It is undeniable that there is a racial divide among Black women in the workforce. According to a report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Black women only make 68% […] The post Steph and Ayesha Curry ...

Added May 13, 2021

Tamika Mallory On The Continued Fight For Equality In America: ‘This Is A Marathon Movement, Not A Sprint’

This book excerpt originally appeared in the May/June 2021 issue of ESSENCE magazine, available on newsstands now. So many people were moved to do something in the wake of the […] The post Tamika Mallory ...

Added May 13, 2021

Chris Rock Got His First Tattoo At 55 — With His Daughter

Actor and comedian Chris Rock waited until he was 55 years old to do a number a few things. That includes learning how to swim and getting his first tattoo, […] The post Chris Rock Got His First Tattoo ...

Added May 13, 2021