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Entertainment

The always-inquisitive Jada Pinkett-Smith recently posed a question that has many people scratching their heads and some folks outright upset. In short, she’s wondering if black women ask to be represented in mainstream media, on the covers of magazines like Vanity Fair, shouldn’t white women be represented on the covers of traditionally black magazines like… READ MORE »


Celebs

First Lady Michelle Obama and her power-arms grace the October issue of Essence. Does this woman take a bad picture, ever? I would make a joke about wanting to raid her closet, but the Secret Service might come after me. [Essence] … READ MORE »


News

Essence, an African-American women’s lifestyle magazine, is featuring lesbian couple Aisha and Danielle Moodie-Mills for the first time ever on the “Bridal Bliss” section of its website. “Essence.com aims to support and celebrate Black women in all their diversity,” said the magazine’s managing editor. [AfterEllen.com]
Carl Paladino, a candidate for New York governor, banned… READ MORE »


Entertainment

On Monday, a media industry blog revealed that Essence, a lifestyle magazine geared towards black women, had hired a new fashion director named Ellianna Placas, to begin in September. But it was not the lines on her resume touting O: The Oprah Magazine and Us Weekly that attracted attention. It was the color of Placas’ READ MORE »


Celebs

I never found Reggie Bush sexy … until now! I finally understand Kim Kardashian’s attraction to Reggie, even though he usually looks too short and squat for my tastes. Thanks, Essence, for putting him on the cover of the first-ever “Black Men, Love and Relationships” issue. [Essence] … READ MORE »


Style

I was really excited when I learned Essence.com had launched a makeover tool, “Makeover Magic,” because I thought it would give me some options for styling my locks. Boy, was I wrong! Not only does the tool not have hairstyles for dreadlocks, but it doesn’t feature any natural hairstyles. Most of the looks are ones… READ MORE »