With the election just days away, it's important to know who you're voting into the White House.
While October marks the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party of Self-Defense, the history, the lessons and the impact remain with us. Created by Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton in 1966, the party's goal of protecting the Black community from state violence evolved from self-defense to numerous community programs whose models are still used today. And while the image of armed Black men monitoring the oppressor seems to be synonymous with the name, it was the organization's women members who upheld and ensured the survival of the party. By the 70's, women made up the majority of the party and today, those same women continue to fight in the name of justice and Black liberation. We salute the Black women who paved the way for us as we now fight in our own Black liberation movement. Here, we honor the collective and highlight some of the contributions made by women in the Black Panther Party.
With everything going on in the world today, having a platform and not using it to stand up for what you believe in is a thing of the past. While not everyone has openly embraced the social responsibility that comes along with being a public figure, there are also plenty of celebs who do so with pride and purpose.
Here's a look at 12 fierce young celebrity women who have stepped up to the plate to lead by example in the fights against racism, sexim and classism. Plainly put, these fearless ladies are WOKE.
The New York Knicks player and two friends -- Randall Hampton and Ryan Allen -- were accused of breaking into a woman's apartment and sexually assaulting her while she was incapacitated.
Matthew Apperson testified that he was acting in self-defense when he shot at the former neighborhood watchman who killed Trayvon Martin.
A candlelight vigil for the slain honor student brought out thousands of mourners.
One of the last tweets sent by the 15-year-old daughter of Olympian Tyson Gay is a tragic and sad precursor to her untimely death.
'It Has Shaken Me To My Core:' Michelle Obama Delivers Emotional Speech On Trump Sexual Assault Allegations
In a powerful speech delivered on the campaign trail, FLOTUS denounces Trump's behavior and addresses how the sexual assault allegations against him speak not only to his character, but reflect the stories of so many women assaulted in the nation.
"It's A Natural Thing:" Mashonda Dishes On The Challenges Of Blending Families and That Vacation Photo With Alicia Keys
In this ESSENCE exclusive, artist and singer Mashonda talks about the resurfaced photo, saying that it's "real life" for her blended family.
Someone should tell Donald Trump that this is not how the presidency works.
On Tuesday, Hurricane Matthew made landfall over Haiti as a Category 4 storm with winds at speeds of 145 mph. In its path, Matthew flooded villages, wrecked homes and brought Haiti’s death toll to nearly 100. The number of dead is expected to rise, however, as rescue workers continue making their way to the hardest-hit areas in Haiti’s southeastern region to assess the full extent of Hurricane Matthew’s rampage. Here are 18 photos that show the devastating destruction in a nation already plagued with challenges.
Not even after Donald Trump defended white supremacists on a national stage will these supporters and surrogates denounce the president.
Seriously, what are the chances?
We're down to the wire! With just days to go until the election, we've rounded up the Black celebrities who have made their decision public. Here are all the celebs who have declared they are riding with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. See you at the polls on November 8!
ESSENCE gets the scoop from singer Estelle on the highly-anticipated music and arts festival, spearheaded by Harry Belafonte, his daughter Gina and many artists and activists dedicated to ending social injustices.
The video does not appear to show Scott acting threatening or erratic, despite police accounts.
In the disturbing cell phone footage, Scott's wife can be heard telling responding officers that her husband is unarmed.
"Black-ish" Stars Yara Shahidi & Marcus Scribner Can't Vote Yet, But They Want Yours To Save The Planet
In this ESSENCE exclusive, "Black-ish" brother and sister duo Yara Shahidi and Marcus Scribner urge millennials to vote for the Earth. After all, we only have one.