25 The A-List  Our stellar panel of experts crowns the beauty that reigns supreme, plus, get the scoop on how to shine like the stars
40 Best Sellers  Red carpet–ready scents,hair care and makeup

43 Looks We Love  Explore blues this spring
46 Perfect Fit  Abstract prints
48 Hot Shoes  Wedges reach greater heights
50 Cheap & Chic  Red, white and blue on a budget

92 Black Women in Hollywood 2009  Our annual salute to power players, featuring Halle Berry, Taraji P. Henson, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Diahann Carroll and others representing us on the screen and behind the scenes
110 High Anxiety  How to overcome the gloom that’s gripping the country
By Michelle Burford
114 Not Easily Broken  Two Real Housewives of Atlanta stars share their
painful past By Denene Millner
118 Trouble in Paradise  In the travel hot spot of Jamaica being openly gay can mean risking your life By Jeannine Amber
122 Culture Club  Your passport to a world of fashion

CULTURE                                                                                                                   53 Great Scott Songstress Jill Scott becomes supersleuth-and mommy-to-be
54 Gazette A noteworthy legend turns 70; a Cosby kid grows up
60 Books Timeless love abounds in our latest book club selection; Nikki Giovanni admirers and Paule Marshall fans rejoice and more

69 In Case of Emergency Stay financially afloat despite a shaky economy
72 Working Smart Is working from home right for you?
74 Woman on Top The visionary revitalizing the

77 What Men Think Chi- town brothers seek satisfaction
82 Relationship Rescue Should you stay or let him go?
84 The Dating Game Steve Harvey urges women to reclaim

87 Ten Things We’re Talking About
88 Obama Watch Meet the sisters on the nation’s dream team
90 Gazette CBC on the threshold of new power; plus, are women not fit for the pulpit?

131 30-Day Body Challenge Take the plunge and become a better you
140 How She Does It She oversees a family of five and hundreds of at-risk youth
142 Take 5 Make the choice to be healthy
144 Sexual Health Fibroid care alternatives
148 Healthy Food Fast Easy entrées that are full of flavor but minus the salt

18 Between Us
20 Contributors
22 Your Letters
158 Where to Buy
160 Horoscope
162 Get Lifted Bishop T.D. Jakes