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"My mom reminds me that all things are possible." That's what 13-year-old Amandla Stenberg (Rue from The Hunger Games) told ESSENCE about her mother, Karen Brailsford, as part of the magazine's celebration of moms in the May 2012 issue. Indeed, mothers are our first real heroes — the women who teach us what beauty truly means, who encourage us to be our best, who put us in check when it's necessary, who juggle and sacrifice so that we might shine. In this special package, ESSENCE.com pays tribute a few of our favorite moms, from the famous to the unsung. Meet the amazing ladies who raised superstars, get tips and inspiration from moms on the go, and more. Happy Mother's Day!

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Guess My Celebrity Son!

Test your celeb IQ and match these beautiful moms to their star sons.

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Michelle Obama and Her Daughters' Sweetest Moments

Michelle Obama's most precious moments with Sasha and Malia.

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Motherhood, Marriage and Ministry

Bishop T.D. Jakes' daughter Sarah Henson on making it work.

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Flora Allen-Hopson Runs to Cure Her Grandson's Type 1 Diabetes

NBA champion Ray Allen's mom continues to fight for a cure for her grandson's Type 1 diabetes.

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Guess My Celebrity Mother!

Can you match these kids to their famous moms? Try it out!

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Must-See: Jada Pinkett Smith, Her Mom & Willow Discuss Life

Three generations of women candidly talk about love, life, fame and family.
 

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25 Celeb Mothers We Love

From the White House to Hollywood, motherhood is always in style. We're sending a special Mother's Day card to these star moms.

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Your Mother's Best Relationship Advice

We asked you to share your mom's best advice on men — check out these words of wisdom.

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Mother's Day Gift Guide

Special beauty treats for every mom and every budget.

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June Ambrose's "Rockmom" Chronicles

The celebrity stylist and reality TV star's tips on rocking as a mom and a career woman.

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Mommy and Me: Spring Style

Cute style finds for you and your fabulous little one.

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Shaq's Mom Joins Boys & Girls' Club to Select Top Mom

Lucille O'Neal on how she helped find America's most inspirational mother.

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Sweet Love: Celebs and Their Mothers

Behind every successful man or woman is a rockstar mom. Let's show some love to the mothers who raised our favorite celebs.

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Moms With Fabulous Manes

These celebrity mothers have the fiercest 'dos.

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Mommy and Me: Spring Style

Cute style finds for you and your fabulous little one.

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Liya Kebede's Chic Mom Essentials

The stylish supermodel mom on-the-go shares her favorite fashion items.

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Mommyshine with Tia Mowry

ESSENCE's mommy blogger sits down with Tia Mowry to discuss the highs and lows of motherhood.

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Rachel Roy's Chic Mom Essentials

From the designer's knit coat to her charitable tote, she shares her fashion fixes with other fierce moms.

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