ESSENCE Covers 2017
Kwaku Alston

There is so much to celebrate in 2017. From the growing number of Black actors taking home the highly-coveted Oscar award to the success of ground-breaking films about Black life, we know nothing (or no one) can stop us this year. With each cover, we do our best to honor those doing this immaculate work.

Take a look inside to see all of our wonderful cover stars like Oprah Winfrey, Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monàe.