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 the 20 socially conscious songs, from radio pop hits to folk protest tunes, that forever changed our outlook as a people.
ESSENCE honored music's "It" girls Solange and Lianne La Havas at the 4th annual Black Women in Music event. Jill Scott, Estelle, Kelis, Bridget Kelly and more turned out to celebrate the two rising music stars. Here's a look at the best red carpet moments from the evening.
When it comes to making a splash in 2013, we predict this crop of newcomers will leave an indelible mark in the coming months. Whether they're pushing the limits of hip-hop and R&B like Azealia Banks and The Weeknd, bringing back amazing songwriting like British singer Laura Mvula, or getting Oscar buzz like Quvenzhane Wallis, this group has two things in common: unbeatable drive and lots of moxie. Meet the "New and Next" class of 2013.
Pals Gabrielle Union and Tracee Ellis Ross are both celebrating their 40th birthdays this week. Join us in wishing these fab "girlfriends" a happy birthday. Plus, see which other celebs turned 40 in 2012.
This group of female athletes will take center stage and set the gold standard.