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Essence:  Behind the cover with Nia Long, Sanaa Lathan & Gabrielle Union
Essence: Behind the cover with Nia Long, Sanaa Lathan & Gabrielle Union
DATE: 2010/04/11::
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THANK YOU, ESSENCE MAGAZINE!
THANK YOU, ESSENCE MAGAZINE!
DATE: 2014/09/16::
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Lupita Nyong
Lupita Nyong'o Speech on Black Beauty Essence Black Women #BringBackOurGirls
DATE: 2014/03/01::
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Vanessa Bush Of Essence Magazine: Diversity At The Oscars
Vanessa Bush Of Essence Magazine: Diversity At The Oscars
DATE: 2015/02/18::
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Jussie Smollet, Trai Byers, and Bryshere
Jussie Smollet, Trai Byers, and Bryshere 'Yazz' Gray Talk Empire | ESSENCE
DATE: 2015/05/15::
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Essence Magazine feat. Lucinda Cross
Essence Magazine feat. Lucinda Cross
DATE: 2014/12/07::
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Anger Over Hiring Of White Woman At Essence Magazine
Anger Over Hiring Of White Woman At Essence Magazine
DATE: 2010/07/28::
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ESSENCE MAGAZINE, PRO KIT HAUL AND MAC FASHION SET
ESSENCE MAGAZINE, PRO KIT HAUL AND MAC FASHION SET
DATE: 2013/04/04::
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'American Crime' star Regina King honored by ESSENCE Magazine
DATE: 2015/03/12::
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New Books for the Spring with Patrik Bass of Essence Magazine
New Books for the Spring with Patrik Bass of Essence Magazine
DATE: 2014/03/25::
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BTS: Beyoncé Covers Essence Magazine
BTS: Beyoncé Covers Essence Magazine
DATE: 2011/07/12::
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Pearl Jr interviews Susan L. Taylor (Essence Magazine)
Pearl Jr interviews Susan L. Taylor (Essence Magazine)
DATE: 2008/05/11::
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Beyoncé - Essence Magazine Photo Shoot 2008
Beyoncé - Essence Magazine Photo Shoot 2008
DATE: 2009/10/25::
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Keke Palmer – Essence Magazine January 2015 Issue
Keke Palmer – Essence Magazine January 2015 Issue
DATE: 2015/01/03::
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Brandy at Essence Magazine pre-Oscar Luncheon
Brandy at Essence Magazine pre-Oscar Luncheon
DATE: 2011/02/26::
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vashtieTV | EPISODE 20: Vashtie
vashtieTV | EPISODE 20: Vashtie's Essence Magazine Shoot with Marc Baptiste & Freddie Leiba
DATE: 2012/06/14::
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Kelly Rowland on Sharing ESSENCE Cover with Son Titan
Kelly Rowland on Sharing ESSENCE Cover with Son Titan
DATE: 2015/03/18::
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Essence Magazine debate on Baltimore Maryland riots
Essence Magazine debate on Baltimore Maryland riots
DATE: 2015/05/01::
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Arise Xchange: Ed Lewis, Founder of Essence Magazine
Arise Xchange: Ed Lewis, Founder of Essence Magazine
DATE: 2014/07/11::
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Fatima Siad for Essence Magazine: Fashion Video
Fatima Siad for Essence Magazine: Fashion Video
DATE: 2013/01/05::
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Essence Magazine Hires White Fashion Director
Essence Magazine Hires White Fashion Director
DATE: 2010/08/02::
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Essence Magazine presents 2008 Will You Marry Me? Part 1
Essence Magazine presents 2008 Will You Marry Me? Part 1
DATE: 2013/04/08::
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AMBER RILEY BEHIND THE SCENES WITH DEREK BLANKS FOR ESSENCE MAGAZINE
AMBER RILEY BEHIND THE SCENES WITH DEREK BLANKS FOR ESSENCE MAGAZINE
DATE: 2015/04/24::
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My ESSENCE Magazine Loc Style Feature Tutorial
My ESSENCE Magazine Loc Style Feature Tutorial
DATE: 2013/09/02::
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[MAKEUP INSPIRATION] Keke Palmer for Essence Magazine | @amberdress
[MAKEUP INSPIRATION] Keke Palmer for Essence Magazine | @amberdress
DATE: 2015/01/23::
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Kelly Rowland poses with son Titan Jewell for Essence Magazine Hollywood
Kelly Rowland poses with son Titan Jewell for Essence Magazine Hollywood
DATE: 2015/03/18::
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Essence Magazine - Behind the Cover Video:  Janet Jackson
Essence Magazine - Behind the Cover Video: Janet Jackson's August Cover
DATE: 2010/07/05::
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Essence Magazine: Why I Love Being a Black Woman
Essence Magazine: Why I Love Being a Black Woman
DATE: 2010/07/05::
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Essence Magazine Online
Essence Magazine Online
DATE: 2012/04/20::
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Photoshoot of Essence Magazine with Jharana Thapa
Photoshoot of Essence Magazine with Jharana Thapa
DATE: 2012/10/17::
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Ledisi on the red carpet for ESSENCE MAGAZINE Grammy Event
Ledisi on the red carpet for ESSENCE MAGAZINE Grammy Event
DATE: 2014/02/02::
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OOTD- Essence Magazine Street Style Block Party
OOTD- Essence Magazine Street Style Block Party
DATE: 2014/10/04::
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Beyonce   Essence Magazine July 2011 2
Beyonce Essence Magazine July 2011 2
DATE: 2013/02/21::
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RE: Essence Magazine Short Film Contest
RE: Essence Magazine Short Film Contest
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I'm in Essence Magazine and new music
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Halle Berry: Essence Magazine
Halle Berry: Essence Magazine's Black Women in Hollywood
DATE: 2009/08/31::
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Essence Magazine presents 2008 Will You Marry Me? Part 3
Essence Magazine presents 2008 Will You Marry Me? Part 3
DATE: 2013/04/09::
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Essence Magazine: How to get the Janelle Monáe Bold Red Lip Look | COVERGIRL
Essence Magazine: How to get the Janelle Monáe Bold Red Lip Look | COVERGIRL
DATE: 2012/12/13::
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DEBATE & DISCUSSION: ESSENCE MAGAZINE DISSING YOUTUBE NATURAL HAIR VLOGGERS
DEBATE & DISCUSSION: ESSENCE MAGAZINE DISSING YOUTUBE NATURAL HAIR VLOGGERS
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2011 Essence Magazine Black Women in Hollywood Awards luncheon
2011 Essence Magazine Black Women in Hollywood Awards luncheon
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Kelly Rowland Essence Magazine Makeup
Kelly Rowland Essence Magazine Makeup
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Vivica A Fox Fashion Sense at Essence Magazine
Vivica A Fox Fashion Sense at Essence Magazine's 5th Annual Black Women In Music 1 Oak WeHo
DATE: 2014/01/23::
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Leona Lewis greets fans at Essence Magazine
Leona Lewis greets fans at Essence Magazine's 5th Annual Black Women In Music 1 Oak WeHo
DATE: 2014/01/23::
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Episode 825 | Essence Magazine Founder Ed Lewis
Episode 825 | Essence Magazine Founder Ed Lewis
DATE: 2015/01/05::
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Alfre Woodard honored by Essence Magazine
Alfre Woodard honored by Essence Magazine
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INHMD 2014 a Toronto avec Essence Magazine
INHMD 2014 a Toronto avec Essence Magazine
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Essence Magazine presents 2008 Will You Marry Me? Part 2
Essence Magazine presents 2008 Will You Marry Me? Part 2
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Jennifer Hudson Covers Essence Magazine: "I
Jennifer Hudson Covers Essence Magazine: "I'm Stronger Than I've Ever Been"
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Essence Magazine Picks White Fashion Editor, Laurence Fishburne Daughter Does Porn & More
Essence Magazine Picks White Fashion Editor, Laurence Fishburne Daughter Does Porn & More
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Essence Magazine Girlfriend Makeovers!
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Essence
Jill Scott appears on the cover of the May 2010 issue of Essence
Jill Scott on the cover of the May 2010 issue of Essence
Editor Vanessa Bush
Frequency Monthly
Total circulation
(2011)
1,050,013[1]
First issue 1970
Company Essence Communications
(Time Inc.)
Country United States
Based in New York, New York
Website www.essence.com
ISSN 0014-0880

Essence is a monthly magazine for African-American women between the ages of 18 and 49. The magazine covers fashion, lifestyle and beauty with an intimate girlfriend-to-girlfriend tone, and their slogan "Fierce, Fun, and Fabulous" suggests the magazine's goal of empowering African-American women. The topics the magazine discusses range from celebrities, to fashion, to point-of-view pieces addressing current issues in the African-American community.

History[edit]

Edward Lewis, Clarence O. Smith, Cecil Hollingsworth and Jonathan Blount founded Essence Communications Inc. (ECI) in 1968, and it began publishing Essence magazine in May 1970. Its initial circulation was approximately 50,000 copies per month, subsequently growing to roughly 1.6 million.[2] Gordon Parks served as its editorial director during the first three years of its circulation.

In 2000, Time Inc. purchased 49 percent of Essence Communication inc, a publishing company that publishes magazines aimed at African-American women, namely Essence[3] and Suede magazines. In 2005 Time Inc. made a deal with Essence Communication Inc. to purchase the remaining 51 percent it did not already own. The deal placed the ownership of the 34-year-old Essence magazine, one of the United State’s leading magazines for women of color, under white ownership.[4]

Contents[edit]

The magazine features sections called Celebrity, Fashion, Beauty, Hair, Love, and Point-of-View.[5] The magazine has covered topics from family, to social issues in the African-American community, to African-American women in the military, to being HIV positive. Celebrities including Michelle Obama and Whitney Houston have graced the cover and been featured in the magazine through interviews and photo spreads.[6] Originally launched primarily as a fashion magazine, Essence has grown to be a guideline for African-American women in many aspects of life.

Frequent contributors, including the current Editor-in-chief Vanessa K. Bush, provide advice for the business-minded black woman, helping them to reach their full potential.[7] The section named "Tanisha's Tips", written by the magazine's senior editor of personal finance and careers, gives tips on workplace conduct and how to handle a rough job.[5]

Circulation[edit]

  • Rate Base 1,600,000[2]
  • Subscriptions 78%
  • Single-Copy Sales 22%

Essence Music Festival[edit]

The Essence Music Festival is the nation’s largest annual gathering of African American musical talent, and has been going on annually for 18 years in New Orleans, bringing more than 400,000 people. The festival is a three-day event, which has cultural celebrations and empowerment seminars with nights of musical performances, and there are often awards given out honoring prominent musicians in the African-American community. The festival is held every Fourth of July weekend, and has featured some of the biggest names in entertainment, including Prince, Beyoncé, Tamia, Mary J. Blige, Lionel Richie and others.[8]

In 2007, presidential candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton made special appearances at The Essence Music Festival, and in 2009 the festival was held in honor of Barack Obama’s inauguration and presidency, with Beyoncé as the headliner.[9] In 2008, after partnering with Essence to develop and tape a co-branded special presentation Black in America: Reclaiming the Dream, CNN reported live on-site throughout the Music Festival weekend.

In 2013, the Essence Music Festival rebranded to the Essence Festival to showcase the event as more than a music festival.

Activism[edit]

In January 2005 Essence launched a twelve-month initiative to combat misogyny in hip hop culture.[2] The campaign, entitled "Take Back the Music", was intended to inspire public dialogue about the portrayal of black women in rap music.[10] Essence also works to empower women through the magazine, instilling confidence in full-figured African-American women, and giving tips on how to love their hair, and their body, by holding a Young Women’s Leadership Conference, and releasing a book in 2009 entitled Essence Presents: The Black Woman’s Guide to Healthy Living.[11]

Awards[edit]

Black Women In Hollywood[edit]

Essence magazine holds an award ceremony annually to honor black women who have achieved success in Hollywood.

Black Men In Hollywood[edit]

Ceremony Annually to Honor black men who have achieved success in Hollywood

Essence Literary Awards[edit]

Essence magazine hosted the first-annual Essence Literary Awards in New York City on 7 February 2008. The awards were created to celebrate both emerging and established African-American authors in nine categories: Fiction, Memoir, Inspiration, Non-fiction, Current Affairs, Photography, Children’s Books, Poetry and Storyteller of the Year.

Praise[edit]

In 2008, Essence won twelve New York Association of Black Journalists awards in the Investigative, General Feature, International, Business/Technology, Science/Health, Arts and Entertainment, Personal Commentary, Public Affairs and Online categories. The same year, Essence also won an American Magazine Vanguard Award (AVMA), recognizing the magazines that are innovating beyond just the printed word.[11]

Controversy[edit]

The purchase of Essence Communications Inc. marks the first time an African-American magazine would be owned by a white man, sparking controversy because of the company's 34 years under African-American ownership.[4]

The magazine also started controversy in 2011 when the editor in chief Constance C.R. White announced that the magazine's new managing editor was a white male by the name of Michael Bullerdick. White assured readers that Bullerdick has no control over the content of the magazine and is only to oversee the day-to-day operations of the magazine.[12] In April 2012 Bullerdick parted way with the magazine after politically conservative views that run counter to what Essence has historically stood for were discovered on his private Facebook page.[13]

Editors[edit]

  • Ruth Ross (1975)
  • Ida Lewis (1970–71)
  • Marcia Ann Gillespie (1971–80)
  • Susan L. Taylor (1981–2000)
  • Monique Greenwood (2000)[14]
  • Diane Weathers (2000–05)[15][16]
  • Angela Burt-Murray (2005–10)
  • Constance C. R. White (2011–13)
  • Vanessa K. Bush (2013–present)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "eCirc for Consumer Magazines". Audit Bureau of Circulations. June 30, 2011. Retrieved December 1, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c Bynoe, Yvonne. Encyclopedia of Rap and Hip-hop Culture. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2006, p. 263, ISBN 978-0-313-33058-2.
  3. ^ Richard Campbell; Christopher R. Martin; Bettina Fabos (20 February 2012). Media and Culture with 2013 Update: An Introduction to Mass Communication. Macmillan. p. 277. ISBN 978-1-4576-0491-1. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Carr, David. The New York Times. New York: The New York Times Company, 2005.
  5. ^ a b "Essence Magazine | Essence.com."http://www.essence.com/
  6. ^ PR Newswire US, 2011.
  7. ^ "Essence Magazine". African American Literature - Author Profiles, Book & Film Reviews, Interviews and More.
  8. ^ PR Newswire US, 2012.
  9. ^ New Musical Express, 2009.
  10. ^ Weisstuch, Lisa (January 12, 2005). "Sexism in rap sparks black magazine to say, 'Enough!'". Christian Science Monitor, accessed October 03, 2011.
  11. ^ a b Dumenco, Simon. Advertising Age, 2008.
  12. ^ Watkins, Boyce. "Should Essence Magazine Have a White Male Managing Editor?." yourblackworld.com.
  13. ^ "Essence Shifts White Male Managing Editor". The Root. 2012. Retrieved 22 April 2012. 
  14. ^ "Bios of the Phenomenal Women". Our Time Press. 2010-04-03. Retrieved 2011-01-27. 
  15. ^ Gordon, Ed (2005-04-05). "Diane Weathers, Former Editor of 'Essence' Magazine" (WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER OR SYNCHRONIZED MULTIMEDIA INTEGRATION LANGUAGE). NPR. Retrieved 2011-01-27. 
  16. ^ Stanley, Jeffrey (December 2003). "Diane Weathers ’67". Brooklyn Friends School. Retrieved 2011-01-27. 

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External links[edit]

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