As ESSENCE celebrates our 45th anniversary, we uplift the Black women in music who have made an impact over the years. Here we give you just a few of the many reasons we love this year's Black Women in Music performers: Chaka Khan, MC Lyte, Brandy, Jill Scott and Lianne La Havas.
She’s Every Woman.
After heading to the 2011 ESSENCE Music Festival, Chaka Khan was deeply moved by the effects of Hurricane Katrina on local women. She teamed up with the Institute of Women & Ethnic Studies and the ESSENCE Festival to create the Superlife Transformation Program.