This Michigan native has captivated the hearts of people everywhere through characters we've grown to love.
PHOTOS: Terry McMillan Part of Transforming Your Community Panel
Named a New York Times best-selling author, McMillan has written nine novels capturing who we really are as Black women -- from "Waiting to Exhale" to "Getting to Happy."
PHOTOS: ESSENCE First Annual Literary Awards
Today, as she blows out 60 candles, we wish this candid, tell-it-like-it-is sister-girl a happy birthday!