Chrisette Michele rocks out at the release party for her new album, “Epiphany,” in New York.
“American Idol” alum LaKisha Jones has plenty to smile about as she prepares for her debut album release next week and her second baby this summer.
“Terminator Salvation” star Common (a.k.a. Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr.) multitasks, as he chats after ordering takeout lunch from a deli in Beverly Hills, California.
Estelle enjoys being sandwiched between her good friend and collaborator John Legend and Legend’s brother and up-and-coming singer Vaughn Anthony. All three rocked the crowd in New York on May 14.
Mariah Carey takes her glam style global as she poses for cameras in Cannes, France, on May 15.
Beyoncé joins Solange onstage while the youngest Knowles sisters rocks out in Berlin, Germany.
Vanessa Williams graces the red carpet for the 2009 New York City Ballet Spring Gala on May 13.
Ciara shows off her gams at Maxim’s 10th Annual Hot 100 Celebration on May 13.
Keri Hilson shows off her gams at Maxim’s 10th Annual Hot 100 Celebration on May 13.
Mariah Carey cheeses for the cameras before boarding a plane at LAX in Los Angeles.
Denzel Washington and Jeremy Piven catch up while enjoying the Los Angeles Lakers bury the Houston Rockets in Game 5 of the Western Conference Playoffs on May 12.
Beyoncé enjoys a day at the beach in Monaco, as she continues her busy world tour.
Momma Justine and baby boy “Diggy” Simmons, of the “Run’s House” clan, head inside the Lower East Side Service Center’s 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner on May 11.
Ryan Leslie belts out “Diamond Girl” in New York.
Sean Paul is excited to sing more about love and relationships on his new album, which features first single “So Fine.”
Keri Hilson and Pharrell make a winning pair at the BET Studios on May 12.
LL Cool J and record industry heavyweight Chris Lighty attend the Audi’s TDI Clean Diesel Technology dinner at the Audi Forum.
Sean Paul stops by the ESSENCE office to play tracks from his upcoming album, “Imperial Blaze,” out in August.
Earvin “Magic” Johnson enjoys a light moment, after speaking at a forum on HIV/AIDS on Capitol Hill on May 13.
Cuba Gooding, Jr., arrives home in Los Angeles with a fresh tan on May 14.
Ciara grabs grub at L.A. hot spot The Ivy, where stars go to see and be seen.
Solange tells the crowd what she’s decided while performing in Berlin.
Gabrielle Union and Sanaa Lathan party at Maxim’s 10th Annual Hot 100 celebration in Santa Monica, California.
Ciara is fashion forward as she heads out to dinner.
LaKisha Jones jokes around with the camera and is enjoying settling into her new marriage and preparing for her new baby.
“Precious” director Lee Daniels cozies up to cast members Paula Patton, Gabourey Sidibe and Lenny Kravitz as they discuss the film at the 62nd International Cannes Film Festival on May 15.
Jennifer Hudson performs on NBC’s “Today” at Rockefeller Center in New York City.
Sanaa Lathan is snapped in West Hollywood on May 12.
Jamie Foxx is in the house for the BET Awards 2009 nominee announcements in NYC.
Funnyman Chris Rock is all smiles at the Lakers-Rockets game in L.A. on May 12.
The-Dream gives the cameras his best shot at the BET Awards 20009 nominee announcements.
Oprah Winfrey parties in style at the Robin Hood Foundation’s gala in New York. The organization helps people overcome substance abuse, incarceration and homelessness. And BFF Gayle King is never far behind.
Queen Latifah is her usual fun self while hanging in Los Angeles. The singer-rapper-actress-businesswoman shows a cover girl can rock a baseball cap too.
Sean Combs shoots a scene for his new movie “Get Him to the Greek,” which is currently filming in Las Vegas.
Jay-Z and T.I. are spotted at Audi’s TDI Clean Diesel Technology dinner at the Audi Forum on May 12 in New York City.
Chandra Wilson stops by the ESSENCE office while out and about in New York on May 14. While on break from “Grey’s Anatomy,” she is starring in “Chicago” on Broadway for a few weeks.
It was a celeb fest over at Audi’s TDI Clean Diesel Technology dinner at the Audi Forum on May 12 in New York City. Estelle, Santigold, T.I., Lyor Cohen, Jay-Z, Kevin Liles, Mike Kyser and more were in the building.
Damon Dash shares an ice cream cone with his youngest daughter while strolling in downtown New York.
Nick Cannon doesn’t get a pass because he’s famous, while heading through the Los Angels airport sans wife Mariah Carey.
“American Idol” success story Fantasia wows the crowd in Miami.
Beyoncé at Berlin Airport on her way to Paris.
Alicia Keys was among the throng of celebs in D.C. over the weekend for the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner.
Neicy Nash attends the Mother’s Day Spa Retreat to benefit Kid’s Play International in Hollywood, California.
Kortney Nash has a little fun at the Mother’s Day Spa Retreat in Hollywood.
International jet-setter Rihanna arrives at the Newark Airport in New Jersey.
Actress Kerry Washington attends “The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion” Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
Rihanna stays dry in the rain under her umbrella, ella, ella, after a little shopping for new cutting-edge fashion.
Lil’ Kim is seen warming up for “Live With Regis and Kelly” in Miami.
Vernon and Vontae Davis share some brotherly love at Park in D.C.
Beyonce continues her global tour—and shopping spree—in style during her stop in Paris on May 4.
Will Smith accepts the Humanitarian Award at the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Annual National Tribute Dinner on May 5, in Beverly Hills, California.
Forest and Keisha Whitaker make their way inside the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner after party in Washington, D.C.
Mariah Carey tears up while watching a special video hubby Nick Cannon made for her of their year together as newlyweds.
Honorees Oprah Winfrey and John Legend celebrate their recognition as part of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World at the New York gala on May 5.
Bronzed and beautiful Iman is stunning as usual at “The Model As Muse: Embodying Fashion” Costume Institute Gala.
Tyra Banks attends the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner cocktail party at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Russell Simmons heads inside “The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion” looking clean in his tux and sneakers.
Tamara Tunie shares her well wishes with Preston Bailey during his 60th Birthday Party ‘The Curious Case of Preston Bailey’ at Studio 450 on May 5.
Star Jones is regal with her new beau Herb Wilson at the 135th Kentucky Derby on May 2, in Louisville, Kentucky.
Diddy and Jay-Z give Kobe Bryant their well-wishes at Game 1 of the Los Angeles Lakers’ series against the Houston Rockets on May 4.
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith embrace at the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Annual National Tribute Dinner in Beverly Hills.
Legendary singer Etta James renders a stirring performance at the House of Blues in Boston.
Actress Taraji P. Henson arrives at the Herve Leger by Max Azria Collection Launch party in West Hollywood, California.
Eddie Murphy attends the JDRF’s Annual Gala event Finding a cure: A Love Story benefit in Beverly Hills, California.
M.I.A and Oprah Winfrey shine at Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World Gala.
Tyra Banks glows at the 4th Annual New York Times Sunday with the Magazine on May 3, in New York.
Rihanna enjoys some warm weather while shopping in New York City.
Aretha Franklin continues to be a trendsetter in head fashion after her hit Inauguration hat, and goes for a warm white at the 135th Kentucky Derby.
Gabrielle Union rocks all black at the Kentucky Derby on May 2.
Rihanna leaves her hotel to go out for a night on the town in New York City.
Ciara attends the 2009 Smile Event presented by Operation Smile at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.
Jordin Sparks and Steph Jones attend the Los Angeles Lakers vs Houston Rockets game in Los Angeles.
Tyrese joins in the fun events the day before the Kentucky Derby.
Rihanna is snapped out and about in New York City.
The Knowles clan, with mama Tina, Solange, Beyoncé and baby Daniel spread peace overseas.
Ciara heads inside the Done Different Launch for Hennessy Black on May 5 in New York.
Mary J. Blige and Keisha Whitaker walking side by side after a party in West Hollywood.
Selita Ebanks, center left, hosts the Bourgeoisie Shoetique spring affair in Harlem, New York, with Jessica White, left, boutique owner Rashidah Ali, and “Harlem Heights” star Bridget.
“I start dressing from the bottom and always pick my shoes first, even if it’s flats,” Ebanks tells ESSENCE.com. “I do prefer to be in heels and feel most sexy in them.”
Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges attends the 34th Annual One Show Awards Gala in New York City.
Rihanna is spotted leaving her hotel to go to Da Silvano restaurant in New York City.
Jay-Z watches the Lakers try to keep their spot in the Playoffs with a special guest.
Beyoncé does a little sightseeing while on her world tour.
The Smiths, their children Trey, Jaden and Willow Smith, Will’s “Hancock” costar Charlize Theron, Rabbi Marvin Hier and Universal’s Ron Meyer celebrate Will’s award.
Actor Idris Elba attends the Done Different launch for Hennessy Black in New York City.
Halle Berry does lunch in Los Angeles with daughter Nahla Aubrey.
Rihanna returns to the red carpet looking fierce at the Met Costume Gala on May 4.
Kanye West and gal pal Amber Rose rock the red carpet at the Met Gala.
Happy couple Lance Gross and Eva Marcille make a fashionable duo at the Kentucky Derby and continue to prepare for their wedding next summer.
Ciara is magnetic at “The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion” Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, in New York City. She continues to promote her new album “Fantasy Ride.”
Arsenio Hall, Johnny Gill, boxer Sugar Ray Leonard and Eddie Murphy attend the JDRF’s Annual Gala event Finding a Cure: A Love Story in Beverly Hills, California.
Rihanna heads out for an afternoon of shopping in New York City on May 5.