In the pews, on the streets and in the halls of Washington, songs of freedom rang out loud and proud during the civil rights era. As we mark the 50th anniversary of the seminal year that changed it all — 1963 — ESSENCE.com takes a look back at 20 socially conscious songs that forever changed our outlook as a people.view gallery...
Media maven Bevy Smith recently gathered her celebrity friends on the West Coast for her intimate "Dinner with Bevy" series in honor of Django Unchained producer, and Academy Award nominee, Reginald Hudlin. Sanaa Lathan, Common, and Jordin Sparks were among the celebs who came out to toast Hudlin's Oscar nod.view gallery...
Months after making her debut in Beasts of the Southern Wild, Quvenzhane Wallis made history as the youngest person ever nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award. As awards season ends, we're taking a moment to celebrate the young starlet's newfound success.view gallery...
Like books and music, few things in this world can make us lose ourselves quite like good films. They make us laugh, cry, discover our history, and even shape our identities. We're celebrating Black History Month by taking a look at 25 memorable films (in no particular order) that brilliantly capture the Black experience. Enjoy!view gallery...