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17th Annual Black Women in Hollywood Awards will be hosted by Method Man: Danielle Brooks, Halle Bailey Among ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards Honorees

ESSENCE will be celebrating the cinematic achievements of those in Hollywood within the past year, at the highly anticipated annual ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards on Thursday, March 7, 2024 for its 17th year! This year’s entertainment industry trailblazers include Academy Award nominated actress & Grammy Award winner, Danielle Brooks, six-time Grammy nominated singer […]

‘Auto Trends’ Talks to a Former Editor of Two Iconic Black Magazines About Life, Career Pauses, Legends & More (Two Shows)

Tanisha A. Sykes

*In recognition of Women’s History Month, Auto Trends with, a weekly multicultural syndicated automotive program, goes one-on-one with Tanisha A. Sykes. Sykes, a veteran journalist, currently serves as the editorial director of finance for T Brand Studio, a sponsored content arm of The New York Times. Before landing her current high-profile assignment, Sykes established […]

Niecy Nash and Jessica Betts – ESSENCE’s First Same Sex Couple | WATCH

Jessica Betts & Niecy Nash (from Essence cover)

*ESSENCE, the leading and only 100% Black-owned media, technology and commerce company at scale dedicated to Black women and communities, announces its March/April 2022 issue featuring EMMY award-winning actress Niecy Nash and singer Jessica Betts. In an issue dedicated to celebrating breakthrough moments of powerful women, they are ESSENCE’s first same-sex couple featured on its cover […]

Method Man is Holding Down ESSENCE’s Feb Digital Cover | WATCH

Method Man - Essence Feb Digital Cover

*Power Book II: Ghost star Method Man is featured on’s February digital cover issue! In the cover story, The Man Means Business, the iconic rapper turned actor talks about his legendary thirty years in the industry, being taken seriously, his successful transition to acting and more: On Believing in Himself: “Understand, I was a […]

ESSENCE’s Split-Cover Issue (Nov/Dec) Features Lizzo, Simone Biles and Nikole Hannah-Jones

Essence (Lizzo - Simone - Nikole)

*ESSENCE’s November/December holiday split-cover issue features three game-changers like you’ve never seen them before: GRAMMY award-winning singer Lizzo; Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles; and “1619 Project” Founder Nikole Hannah-Jones! ESSENCE’s groundbreaking issue reflects on “The Year of Radical Self-Care” with three incredible women who understood the power of saying “no” and instead bravely chose to say “yes” to themselves and their […]

ESSENCE Presents its Second ‘Dear Black Men’ Virtual Summit Father’s Day Weekend

*For the second year in a row, ESSENCE Studios presents Dear Black Men—an all-male summit that salutes the contributions of our brothers who speak vulnerably about their respective experiences as family men, community advocates and leaders of this generation. Through a series of candid conversations and engaging dialogue with some of today’s leading voices, Dear […]

ESSENCE Releases First-ever Quilt Artwork Cover Capturing Transformative Events of 2020

*(New York, N.Y.)—The news of Derek Chauvin’s guilty verdict in the murder of George Floyd has caused many to reflect on the seemingly endless challenges—and endless hope, fight and resilience—that the Black community has experienced and demonstrated, particularly over the past year. Chronicling “the year that changed the world,” ESSENCE—the leading and only 100% Black-owned […]

ESSENCE to Honor Whoopi Goldberg, Cynthia Erivo, Michaela Coel, Zendaya and Andra Day

*(New York, N.Y.) — Building on its years of providing platforms to ensure Black creatives “receive their flowers” for their contributions to Hollywood and global culture, ESSENCE, the leading and only 100% Black-owned media, technology and commerce company at scale dedicated to Black women and communities, today announced the honorees for its highly-anticipated 14th annual […]

Emmy-Winning Actress/Activist Zendaya on ESSENCE’s Nov/Dec Cover!

*Zendaya is undoubtedly one of Hollywood’s brightest young stars – and one of Black Hollywood’s wildest dreams. At just 24 years old, the actress has led two successful series on two of the biggest networks in TV land; costarred in a huge blockbuster Marvel film; and become the youngest woman ever to win the Emmy […]

Essence Cancels Festival of Culture for 2020 Because of Coronavirus

Essence Festival - convention center

*NEW YORK  —  “New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell bravely recommended yesterday that no large events take place in New Orleans in 2020, and ESSENCE fully supports that decision. After continued monitoring of the evolving developments in the COVID-19 global pandemic and remaining in close contact and collaboration with our partners in the City of New […]

‘grown-ish & Broke’ Will Pay Off Your Student Loans!

*Today, ESSENCE and Freeform announced the launch of “grown-ish and Broke” a debt payout program for students with undergraduate and student loans! Submissions for “grown-ish and Broke” will be accepted from February 20 to April 30. Entrants have to upload a 60 second video or a 300-word essay detailing how paying off their loans would […]

Ford & Angela Bassett Connect with the Next Generation of Black Female Creatives

Essence and Ford continue to showcase their commitment to the next generation of Black female content creators during festivities leading up to the 92nd Annual Academy Awards. The week started out with lunch for media influencers for an introduction to the ladies behind Ford’s newest campaign “Built Phenomenally,” a celebration of Black women that was […]