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Style Reads: Taraji P. Henson is June Essence Cover Girl

May 9, 2010
 Essence is on the right path…

…For the moment. Maybe our complaints and gripes have finally been heard and it looks like Essence magazine has finally gotten the message: Variety is the spice of life.

The June issue is a drastic improvement, cover and content wise compared to the last several issues (April and May were great, February we really didn’t want to see Reggie “I Don’t Date Sistahs” Bush on the cover). As our only voice in glossy media for fashion, style, and beauty news, Essence will have to continue this formula if it is to withstand the era of social media.  It’s either change it up or go bust because black women have had it with the same old stories and same old stars. 

Taraji P. Henson shines on the cover in a OMO Norma Kamali swimsuit, a Susanna Galanis agate necklace, and Dannijo rings.  The most noteworthy fashion editorial in this issue, Soft Focus features America’s  Next Top Model runner-up (Cycle 3) Yaya in fashions of the blush variety, including a lavender Burberry trench coat, a really pretty J. Crew sequined silk dress and a draped beauty of a dress by Sophia Kokosalaki.

Divas is a celebration of our hottest female entertainers like Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Tina Turner, and Diana Ross. Single Man of the Month Kwame Boachie-Adeji from New York is some good eye candy, and Daddy’s Home article is definitely worth a look.

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Parties & Events: Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon…the Good…

March 5, 2010
Jada Pinkett Smith
Tomiko Frasier
Tichina Arnold
Zoe Saldana
Serena Williams
Queen Latifah
Laila Ali
Garcelle Beauvais
Viola Davis…one day she’ll figure out what to do with her hands.
Tatyana Ali
Mary J. Blige…Nice color MJB.
Camille Winbush…Where did those tatas come from?
Vanessa Williams…Very nice.
Taraji P. Henson
Tamera and Tia Mowry
Lela Rochon Fuqua…still gorgeous and your husband is fione!
Holly Robinson Peete
Vivica still a Fox.
CCH Pounder
KeKe Palmer. Such a cutie. 
 LeToya Luckett
Paula Patton
Victoria Rowell
Tracie Thoms
Alfre Woodard
and now for the bad….
No Ms. Keri Hilson!
Gabourey Sidibe: You’ve done better Gabby.
Joy Bryant was not a joy in this outfit.
Don’t call her Miss Ross’ daughter: Tracee Ellis Ross is a don’t. Sorry girl.
Lisa Cortes…should’ve made the jacket a dress. Not feeling this floral frock.
Uhh-unh Shaun Robinson. We no likey.
Malinda Williams: Too much weave…and why do you keep losing these fine men??
Mary Mary is scary-scary. No ladies. No.
Nia Long: Yeah we know you still got it girl, but uh…no.
 Kyla Pratt: Too much weave, and it’s a little lopsided.
Cicely Tyson…is that a bird. 
Kimberly Elise…if this were a summer wedding and yu were the bride yes.

Essence Magazine hosted their annual Black Women in Hollywood luncheon yesterday at the Beverly Hills Hotel yesterday.

Style Reads: Steve Harvey & wife Marjorie Cover Essence

November 6, 2009
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Alas, new faces on the cover of Essence magazine. Funnyman Steve Harvey and his wife Marjorie grace the cover of the December issue of Essence magazine. With the recent firing of most of Essence.com’s staff, readers are wondering what’s next for the magazine. Will we finally get some fresh content and articles on something other than money management and how to find/keep/lose a man? Will the so-called beauty editors who never seem to change their own appearances yet offer so much advice to readers every get new hairstyles?

Don’t be shocked by what I am saying. If you have read Essence for the past decade, you know they recycle more cover “models” than people on the green initiative. How many times will we see Mary J. Blige, Will and Jada, Queen Latifah, Beyonce, Monique, or Gabrielle Union on the cover? Let’s keep it real, a change is in order. The website is a start because it had more errors in a day than I’ve had on a writing assignment my whole life.

I have continued to support Essence because God forbid another black magazine go out of business. This is the only women’s magazine black women have to turn to so forgive me for growing tired of seeing the same old people and the same old content. How many more times can you tell us how to manage our finances?let’s come out of the dark ages Essence, and avoid going into 2010 with the same old same old. Maybe then you can see a profit and retain more subscribers. good luck.

At any rate, I breezed through the latest issue and found these gems:

-You’re All I Need to Get By
-The top 40 Reasons to Visit Louisiana
-Your Ultimate Holiday Survival Guide

Check out the new Essence.com and feel to give us some feedback on what you think.

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