Courtney Smith has leaned on her own shared experience and listened to the voices of at-risk youth to create the Detroit Phoenix Center, a safe haven for 13- to 24-year-olds facing housing insecurity.
In her first interview with ESSENCE, Megan Thee Stallion discusses her influences, post-college plans and female rap beef.
Actor and writer Rachel True has always been ahead of her time. In the 1990s, when Black folk on screen were mostly relegated to movies about the harsh realities of […]
As a little girl in South Central Los Angeles, early childhood education expert Dr. Rosemarie Allen’s entire community believed in her ability to succeed. When she got all As on […]
Rapsody wants to inspire other women in hip-hop, just as she was inspired by the fierceness and fluidity of Queen Latifah and MC Lyte. Ultimately, she says, it is important for female artists to “define what success looks like for themselves.”
On Super Bowl Sunday, one commercial caught the attention of the world. It was an ad for Toyota that featured Antoinette ‘Toni’ Harris, a 22-year-old woman, who has had dreams […]
In 2016, voters went to the polls for the first time in a presidential election without the full force of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA). In Shelby County […]
Shannon Rainey thought that she was living her dream when she became the owner of her first home in New Orleans’ Upper Ninth Ward. But after discovering a biohazard waste […]
As part of the youngest and most diverse freshman class ever in the House of Representatives, badass Black Congresswomen are bringing their passion for change to Capitol Hill.