There was African drumming, gospel music, healing rituals, poetry, speeches—along with prayers and tears—as thousands gathered in Hampton, Virginia to commemorate 400 years since slavery began in English North America. In […]
Congresswomen Karen Bass and Brenda Lawrence spoke to ESSENCE about Trump's racist rhetoric.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer Talks Voting Rights, Harriet Tubman And Black Women’s Voting Power
Senate Minority Leader Charles “Chuck” Schumer (D-N.Y.), a Harvard-educated lawyer, former longtime Brooklyn Congressman and now the Democratic leader in the U.S. Senate, spoke on the Senate floor yesterday (Tuesday, […]
The National Museum of African American History & Culture played host to a star-studded event that celebrated Black womanhood.
Black Music Month: Black Women Lead The Recording Academy Chapters That Do More Than Just Hand Out Awards
Grammy Award-winning gospel artist, Yolanda Adams, serves as chapter president of the Recording Academy Texas. She's just one example.
As criminal justice reform gains momentum in the United States, and practices such as cash bail are being challenged, advocates nationwide are coordinating plans to help free incarcerated Black mothers and caregivers in time for Mother’s Day.
Former President Barack Obama, Hollywood celebs, youth and advocates from around the world gathered in the nation’s capital recently to celebrate the life and continuing legacy of Nelson Mandela. Oscar-nominated […]
Rhiana Gunn-Wright was always curious about policy, even before she fully understood the term. “Growing up I’d wonder about structures—in my neighborhood and schools,” the 29-year-old South Side Chicago native […]
Women of color were in the room when the team at Emily’s List hosted its annual conference and gala, taking a victory lap for its role in helping to elect […]
A newly released report is shedding light on key issues—politics, money, education, health and more—impacting America’s 22.7 million Black women. Friday in the nation’s capital, leaders of the civic group, […]
Pugh was interviewed for an Essence + Policy Link series on women mayors.
As part of the youngest and most diverse freshman class ever in the House of Representatives, badass Black Congresswomen are bringing their passion for change to Capitol Hill.
A bold new initiative from the nation’s largest bank aims to bolster wealth and provide an array of opportunities for Black Americans. The effort from JPMorgan Chase is called ‘Advancing […]
Trump Talks Bipartisanship, Criminal Justice And, Of Course, The Border Wall During State Of The Union
Essence was in the room for the president's annual address to Congress.
As last November’s midterms swept women into offices nationwide, Mayor Muriel Bowser also made electoral history of her own in the nation’s capital. Bowser, 46, became the first woman ever […]
The poem from Bunny*—a teenage sex trafficking survivor—reads like a slow burn of anguish. The storms form as my heart bleeds/patiently waiting to feel accepted and loved/by people who were […]
The Congressional Black Caucus, for example, now boasts 55 lawmakers--the largest number ever to serve in Congress since the Caucus was founded in 1971.
Shirley Chisholm was the first Black woman elected to Congress 50 years ago and in 2018 Black women followed in her footsteps making political history.