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Kendrick Lamar, Mariah Carey & Maxwell To Perform At 2016 Essence Music Festival

Kendrick Lamar will return to the Essence Music Festival at the Mercedez Benz Superdome in New Orleans, which takes place this year from June 30 to July 3. He was the…

‘Essence’ Makes A Bold Move On Its #BlackLivesMatter Cover

For the first time in all of Essence magazine’s history, the publication will not be featuring a celebrity or prominent figure on its cover. Instead, the February…

Nile Rodgers and Prince Funk Up David Bowie’s ‘Let’s Dance’

Following high-profile 2013 collaborations with Daft Punk, Disclosure, and Avicii, Nile Rodgers has spent the better part of this year in the midst of a solo career…

NSFW: Greatest Nude Photo Shoots of All Time

Many celebrities have made the bold decision to bare it all for the sake of art. It seems like 2014 beat the record for the most nude photo shoots in one year. Something…

Michelle Obama Covers ‘Essence’ Magazine

In a teal Azede Jean-Pierre dress, Essence magazine snagged Michelle Obama for their August issue. Sitting down with their Editor-in-Chief Vanessa K. Bush, the First…

Prince Covers Essence Magazine

All hail Prince. The 55-year-old rock icon graces the cover of the June 2014 issue of Essence magazine, with his perfect fro, guitar, and signature shades. In the…

Red Carpet Recap: Essence’s ‘Black Women in Hollywood’ Luncheon [Photos]

Yesterday (Feb. 27), our favorite brown Vixens made their way to the 7th annual Essence’s “Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon” at the Beverly Hilton. All of the…

Oprah Winfrey Shares ESSENCE Cover with Three Leading Men [Photos]

What’s it like being surrounded by three handsome movie stars? Just ask Oprah Winfrey, who sits alongside Michael B. Jordan, Forest Whitaker and Chiwetel Ejiofor for Es…

Viola Davis on Taking Off the Wigs: ‘I No Longer Wanted to Apologize for Who I Am’

Soon after The Help premiered in theatres worldwide, it made superstars out of Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone and Viola Davis. For months, all three appeared on virtually…