The power and versatility of Black hair is immeasurable. It can stand up. It can sway. It's curly and it's straight. It conveys moods. It makes statements. But actress Issa Rae knows that you can be just as powerful without it. In this episode of ESSENCE's "The Coloring" — an animated video series that serves as an expression of Black Girl Magic — Issa tells us a story about the time she dared to shave her head bald...and how it transformed her life in a big way. This is the coloring of Issa Rae.
What is freedom? It’s the power to speak and act without restraint. It’s the small act of resistance. And for poet Aja Monet, it’s the shared experience of power between Black women that speaks to our resilience and triumph, no matter our situation in life. Here, Aja takes us on a journey of a time she felt that empowerment and liberation, a time where fellowship among Black women allowed freedom to float up beyond walls mean to keep it suppressed. Here is the coloring of Aja Monet.
There will never be a first lady quite like Michelle Obama.
2016 has been a year filled with moments from our First Family that we'll forever cherish and many of the most unforgettable gems came courtesy of President Obama's unparalleled sense of humor. As we continue to celebrate Obama's final year as POTUS, here's a round up of 10 unapologetically Black quotes from the Commander-in-Chief that kept us laughing.
Ava DuVernay appeared at the 2016 ESSENCE Festival Empowerment Experience for a keynote conversation with Melissa Harris-Perry.
Muhammad Ali was a champ inside and outside the boxing ring. The Greatest of All Time also had an unforgettable way with words. Here's a look at his most inspiring words of wisdom.
Literary giant, Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize winner Toni Morrison's words are powerful no matter the day or age. Here 13 examples of her words to help salute her legacy and her #BlackGirlMagic.
All hail Shonda Rhimes! The mastermind behind the greatest Thursday-night network line-up (and our ESSENCE cover star!) is a fountain of wisdom. Check out 10 of Shonda's most powerful words and get ready to channel your inner boss lady.
Viola Davis made history when she became the first Black woman to take home the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, and she moved us to tears with her subsequent speech. The How to Get Away With Murder actress has been an outspoken advocate for diversifying Hollywood, and last night was no exception. Here are 11 times Viola has been unafraid to say what needed to be said.
The poet and singer gave ESSENCE.com an exclusive first look at the music video for her new poem, "Be Brave."