Calling All Brides!

Looking for a way to share your big day with the world?

Then wants you! We are creating an exciting new feature and would like newlyweds from all over to take part. Were you and your beloved both divorced and cynical about getting remarried before you fell in love? Is your new hubby an Iraq vet? wants all these stories and more. All you have to do is send an email to with your name, your husband’s name, both of your ages, date of the wedding, city of residence and a 150 word description of your special nuptials and why they should appear on Also be sure to include 10 to 15 photos from your big day. Please note only weddings that have taken place in the last six months will be considered.


Do You Know A Phenomenal Working Mom?

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ESSENCE is on the lookout for African-American working moms who manage to balance having a great career with taking wonderful care of their family and themselves! These super-moms need to be willing to share their secrets to success: Do they enlist her older kids to help younger siblings with homework? Do they trade off babysitting with other girlfriends who have kids? Did they start their own business so they could make their own hours at home?

We’re open to everyone, but would love to profile:
•    a single or divorced mom
•    a mom who stays at home, but runs her own business
•    a mom with a developmentally disabled child
•    a mom with a very large family (more than five kids)
•    a mom with multiples who are still young

Moms, please email us at and tell us about your family, your career, and how you look out for yourself as well. Please include your name, age, geographic location and a photo of yourself.

Tell Us Your Weight-Loss Success Story!

Essence is looking for women who’ve lost major pounds (50 or more) to share their story of how they did it! Do you (or does someone you know) fit the bill? 

Email us at with your name, age, location, and a few details on how you slimmed down.

Please don’t forget to attach a before and an after picture of yourself.

You might be chosen to appear in an upcoming issue of Essence!