When it comes to adding to the landscape of black history, it’s one thing to talk the talk and another to walk the walk. Jurnee Smollett-Bell is doing both. Yesterday the actress kicked off her month long national tour with Macy’s in celebration of Black History Month. Jurnee, personality/actor Terrance J and singer Monica Brown hit up Macy’s Herald Square in New York. The trio participated in a panel hosted by Fashion Editor of Essence Magazine, Joio Thorpe, to chat about the next wave of African American cultural luminaries and tastemakers.
Taraji P. Henson isn’t the only black woman serving power in November 2015’s issue of Essence. Next month’s issue of the magazine also features 29 incredible black women who contribute to the success of President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and the Obama administration.
The ladies who gathered for a photo shoot in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building include young staffers 23 year old Jordan Metoyer, Assistant to the Deputy Director and Senior Advisor to the Office of Management & Budget Director, 27 year old Desiree Barnes, Press Assistant and Senior Wrangler and 27 year old Chynna Clayton, Michelle Obama’s Special Assistant and Trip Director. They all share a common trait, says Clayton, “The White House is composed of people who are passionate about the country.”
If you thought that DC native, Taraji P. Henson, was only building a empire on TV you are sadly mistaken. The actress is building an empire in real life and she’s taking no shorts while building her kingdom. Taraji is killing Essence‘s November 2015 cover, all the while dropping knowledge on surviving in an industry full of up and downs. Check out a few excerpts from Queen Taraji below.
With a history of covering issues in the African American community since the 1970’s, it’s no surprise that ESSENCE magazine is making history again at the climax of what some are calling the “new civil rights movement”. Vanessa K. DeLuca, Editor-in-Chief of the ground breaking magazine, shared the February 2015 cover with an open letter detailing the process behind the creation of the very first cover to not boast a photo and the significance of it’s subject matter.
First Lady Michelle Obama is gracing the cover of the August 2014 issue of Essence Magazine. As stunning as she looks on the cover, she’s just as intelligent. In the exclusive interview with Essence Editor-in-Chief Vanessa K. Bush, Flotus talks about the importance of education, responsibility and accountability and how she keeps her daughters from taking their opportunities for granted.