Why The ‘Basketball Wives’ Colorism Conversation Was A Miss

By Shalwah Evans It seems like we’ve been talking about colorism quite often lately. It’s so deeply ingrained in our culture around the world that it’s a conversation we’ll likely never stop having. But there are ways to have construction and forward-moving conversations about it and that often takes a certain level of understanding and […]

Professional Matchmakers Asked Black Men About Their Dating Pet Peeves

By Jasmine Grant It’s amazing to see how men and women view relationships so differently. As relationship experts and certified matchmakers, we get so many questions from women about what men really think and why they behave certain ways. Life would be so much easier if we could just implant a chip and download their […]

Kash Doll Visits ESSENCE Right Before Her Highly-Anticipated Album Drops

By Nandi Howard Kash Doll, the buxom rapper reigning from Detroit, Michigan, has had a long-running buzz in the music industry. Before there was a Rico Nasty or Meg Thee Stallion, Kash Doll was putting out music that would only continue to get taken down because of a nasty business deal. For many artists, that […]

These Killer Statement Boots Deserve a Spot In Your Closet

By Dominique Hobdy Quick — What’s your go to boot when it’s time to show out? Did you hesitate at all? Is your boot collection in dire need of a breath of fresh air? We’re here to help. While there’s something to be said for basic, everyday boots, I’d like to make a case for […]

16 Beauties Who Keep Their Edges Slayed

By Shalwah Evans Today is National Edge Day and we’re taking the opportunity to celebrate one of of favorite topics: slayed edges. Though the holiday is really about celebrating the straight edge lifestyle of refraining from alcohol, drugs, and smoking (according to National Today it was coincidentally inspired by punk-rockers), we’d like to think that […]

Here’s What It’s Like Getting Ready With Songstress Ilham

By Nandi Howard When you graduate from the ivy-league institution known as Cornell University at the age of 20, what’s next? For North African singer Ilham, it wasn’t working at a stereotypical Fortune 500 company but, trailing to Los Angeles for unpaid music internships and ghostwriting. But, after trading six written songs for one hour […]

16 Times Marjorie Harvey Slayed The Travel Game

By Danielle Pointdujour When it comes to celebrity travel, there’s no doubt that Marjorie Harvey knows how to explore the world – and inaria-label=”romantic baecations in Italy (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://www.essence.com/life>romantic baecations in Italy to epic around the world The post 16 Times Marjorie Harvey Slayed The Travel Game appeared first on Essence. […]

Martin Martin Muses About Her Beauty Confidence

By Shalwah Evans Marsai Martin made history as the youngest person in Hollywood ever to executive-produce a major movie. It was quite a feat for the then 13-year-old actress, whose film Little grossed nearly $50 million. More than a year later, with producer added to her list of monikers, Martin is still at it. She […]

Nearly 1 Million Students Could Lose Free Lunch Under Trump Admin’s New Food Stamp Rule

By Kirsten West Savali Under a Trump administration proposal that would reduce the number of people who have access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the formal name for food stamps, nearly one million children could lose their automatic eligibility for free school lunches, ABC 13 reports. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s […]

Kristen Crawley Stars In Moose Knuckles Campaign

By Nandi Howard In August, Moose Knuckles released its ‘Seven Deadly Sins’ campaign for Fall/Winter starring Dennis Rodman. The campaign brings to life the seven deadly sins; pride, wrath, envy, indolence, gourmand, greed, and lust. Each sin, with an influencer at the helm, is personified. Next up is the multifaceted entrepreneur Kristen Noel Crawley. Crawley […]