Tarana Burke, Symone Sanders, Tamika Mallory and Luvvie Ajayi joins Essence Panel

In a layered conversation about intersectionality and what’s next in continuing the fight for social change, activists Tarana Burke, Symone Sanders, Tamika Mallory and Luvvie Ajayi join ESSENCE Digital Content Director, Yolanda Sangweni, for the “I’m Woke. Now What?” panel on the 2018 ESSENCE Empowerment Stage. Tarana’s platform as the founder of the #MeToo movement and…

Congresswoman Maxine Walters Urged Essence Festival Audience To Join The Fight To Reunite Families Separated By The Trump Administration

 Jul, 13, 2018 Congresswoman Maxine Waters wants young people to understand why they should get involved in the fight to reunite immigrant families that have been separated by the Trump administration. As she explained, this is more than just an issue of immigration. “We cannot stand by and watch children separated from their families and not speak up,”…

Janet Jackson! Timeless And Ageless Rocks Essence Festival

Essence Festival’s Superdome stage alternated from a place of worship to a party, and there’s little if any distinction between the two, whether it’s a prayer for love or to a higher power, or as a call to action. By 11 p.m. on the festival’s closing night on Sunday, July 8, Janet Jackson prepared to…

Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel’s father kidnapped during World Cup.

John Obi Mikel  got a phone call from the kidnappers just four hours before Nigeria’s game against Argentina last Tuesday; they were demanding N10 million (or $26,000 US) from the 31-year-old to return his father. The kidnappers told Mikel not to tell authorities or they would shoot his father “instantly.” Mikel not only didn’t tell…

Chart-topping R&B Crooner Omar Wilson Performing Live at the 2018 Essence Music Festival, Friday, July 6th (New Orleans)

OMAR WILSON “SHE GOT IT” #1 R&B Single on Amazon.com for (2) Consecutive Week “It’s A Man’s World” “She Got It” Available NOW Via All Streaming outlets “SHE GOT IT” by OMAR WILSON (AUDIO LINK) https://soundcloud.com/bserecordings/she-got-it-omar-wilso  “SHE GOT IT” by OMAR WILSON (AUDIO LINK) https://soundcloud.com/bserecordings/she-got-it-omar-wilson   (VIDEO LINK) – “IT’S A MAN’S WORLD by OMAR…

McDonald’s 365Black At Essence Festival 2018 To Honor Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph And Political Commentator Symone Sanders

Caelebration of the 15th annual McDonald’s® 365Black® Awards the company will honor celebrities and everyday heroes who make positive contributions to the community. In the past this honorary award was also granted to R&B singer Tony Braxton To date, this year’s roster of remarkable honorees includes popular political commentator Symone Sanders, renown actress/activist Sheryl Lee Ralph, Black Girls CODE…

Luke Cage and Black Panther  Talking To Each Other

I  In September 2016, Netflix did something that was then seen as risky: It released the first major superhero show populated almost exclusively by black characters. One would understand if executives were nervous and chose to play it safe. Instead, in an already volatile cultural climate dominated by discussions of police shooting unarmed black men…