(May 17th, 2008) Susan L. Taylor shares her personal story of success with help from former president Bill Clinton and her godson Sean “Diddy” Combs on BETJ’s Real Life Divas, a series that pays tribute to women whose work has not only made a difference but contributed to pop culture, now airing

“Self-discovery is thrilling,” Taylor says. “My goal is to keep hitting a higher and higher octave, to keep learning and sharing.”

For 19 years, Taylor served as editor-in-chief of ESSENCE, a lifestyle magazine for African-American women. Her dedication to delivering groundbreaking stories that were relevant to Black women and the community quickly cemented her as a household name. Now she has taken a new charge and mission to help today’s youth nationwide with the National Cares Mentoring Movement.

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“Historically, Black women have suffered tremendously, but today’s Black women are the triumph,” she says. “We have choices, and that’s what freedom is all about–having the power to choose.”

The BETJ series will also feature Jill Scott, MC Lyte and CeCe Winans.

Tune in for the premiere episode of Real Life Divas featuring Susan L. Taylor on May 18th at 10:30 p.m., May 19th at 2 p.m. and May 21st, 8:30p.m.