Women of Color

Here’s What Shaq’s Feet Look Like In Case You Were Wondering

Warning: These feet are not for the faint of heart.<p>For some reason, sports commentator and former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal thought it would be a …

Shaquille O'Neal

Adrienne Bailon Finally Apologizes To Naturi Naughton For 3LW Drama

The ladies relived their girl group days, even the not so pleasant parts.<p>Adrienne Bailon is not only a co-host on <i>The Real</i>, but a former member of …

That Now-Infamous Hand Swat Isn't The First Time Melania Trump Curved Her Husband

You know, the President Of The United States, Donald Trump?<p>Earlier this week, Melania Trump was captured shading the president in the most public of …

Donald Trump

Viral Video Allegedly Shows San Antonio Police Punching 14-Year-Old Girl

The family of the teenager says the assault caused mild traumatic brain injury, as well as injuries to her neck and face.<p>A video showing the assault …

Policing

Memoir of 'a black girl in a white world'

Rhonda Collard-Spratt rises to the sound of cackling kookaburras and falls asleep to the night-time call of the mopoke.<p>The birds tell her where she …

Books

Wendy Williams' New Digital App Is Bringing The Tea Straight To Your Phone

The television personality is giving fans more celebrity news and insight into her everyday life.<p>Twenty-eight years ago when Wendy Williams started …

Angela Simmons' Son Is Ready To Hit The Road

Little Sutton looks like a natural behind the wheel in these Instagram photos.<p>Angela Simmons might have a little auto aficionado on her hands.<p>The new …

Behind the Wheel

Master P's Team Hope NOLA Organization Is Fostering A New Generation Of Leaders One Young Person At A Time

2017 ESSENCE Festival performer Master P is changing the lives of New Orleans youth by providing opportunities, education and guidance.<p>Like a handful …

Festivals

Bowie State Student Richard Collins III Laid To Rest As UMD President Announces Anti-Hate Action Plan

Lieutenant Richard Collins III, who was killed on the campus of The University of Maryland College Park, was laid to rest on Friday. This comes days …

Dope Stuff On My Desk: The Light Up Tweezers That Changed My Life and More Amazing Finds

Our favorite tweezers just got a major upgrade thanks to a little, yet mighty LED light.<p>Before you head off on your exciting Memorial Day weekend …

Cool Stuff

Kelis Debuts Stunning Purple Hued Hair And It's Totally 'Bananas'

One of our favorite beauty and style stars has blessed us with yet another mind-blowing look!<p>Kelis is a bonafide style chameleon. The …

Hair

'Shots Fired' Directors Talk About Possible Continuation Of Story

The Bythewoods talk about the impact of the series and the possibility of another season.<p>Directors Gina Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Rock Bythewood …

TV

Julie Dash Joins The Second Season Of ‘Queen Sugar'

The ‘Daughters of the Dust’ director will direct multiple episodes of the show.<p>If you haven’t already checked out the season two trailer of <i>Queen …

TV

Black Girl-Approved: Our Quest For The Perfect Foundation

Our inaugural episode is dedicated to the brands that have actually expanded their shade range.<p>It's 2017 and there's still an overwhelming need for …

Makeup

The Ultimate Weekend Playlist Featuring Music From Our 2017 ESSENCE Fest Artists

Add these songs to your playlist to stay lit all weekend long!<p>DJ Khaled feat Chance the Rapper, Quavo, Lil Wayne & Justin Bieber - I'm The One<p>Monica …

Music

Stepping Into Greatness: Reginae Carter Says Sayonara To High School

They grow up so fast.<p>Reginae Carter already slayed haters with her yearbook quote, now the graduate is giving high school a final goodbye with her …

Education

Kendra Foster Says Happy Birthday To Lauryn Hill With This Heartfelt Love Letter

The Grammy award-winning singer tells us how she found encouragement in her talent, through Lauryn Hill.<p>Kendra Foster is one of those singer's with a …

Music

Rihanna Debuts FENTY x PUMA Jelly Slides Just in Time for Summer

Bad gal Ri Ri has released an assortment of jelly slides just in time for your beach and pool slay!<p>Rihanna's fashion reign slows down for no one.<p>The …

Nylon

7 Memorial Day Beauty Sales That Are Actually Worth Shopping

Retail therapy is never a bad idea.<p>Memorial Day weekend has arrived and if shopping is on your list of holiday to-dos, there are plenty of sales …

Shopping

What I Screenshot This Week: A Midsummer Night Dream Dress

This week, ESSENCE assistant fashion editor, Dominique Hobdy is crushing on the dress dreams are made of.<p><b>What I Screenshot This Week is a fun peek at</b> …

Fashion

Small university outranks many others in black physics grads

One of the smallest historically black colleges in the U.S. boasts a huge accomplishment: pound for pound, tiny Dillard University in New Orleans …

Education

Racists and Sexists Hate On Star Trek Discovery‘s Diversity Even Though It’s Still Unbalanced in Their Favor

It always makes me laugh whenever the very people who complain that “liberals are too sensitive,” or that we’re seeing injustices where they don’t …

Star Trek

The Tech Industry’s Missed Opportunity: Funding Black Women Founders

Black women are the most educated and entrepreneurial group in the U.S., yet they receive less than 1% of VC funding.<p>This is a tale of two tech startups.<p>The first is a messaging app that allows a user to send a one-word greeting to a friend and nothing more. There is no messaging functionality, …

Venture Capital

Black Female Democrats Complain in Open Letter About Lack of DNC Support

Dozens of black, female Democratic activists and leaders openly complained to Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chair Tom Perez about the “scant …

Democratic Party

Everything We Need to Know About the 53 Percent, We Can Learn From Watching The Handmaid’s Tale

<i>Why would they vote against their own self-interests?</i> This was the question many of us asked—in anger, horror and complete confusion—after the …

African-American News

Why I Quit My Best Life

This is a really long-winded way of telling the world why I gave up my best life in exchange for one that is not only better, but gives everyone a …

Africa

Five Breaking News Haikus

On Point<p>Black women founders need funding<p>Black women are the most educated group in the nation, and are the highest percentage of any group enrolled …

Dear White People

Tina Knowles Gives Us A Little Bit Of Tea On Beyoncé's Pregnancy

Tina Knowles Lawson is excited to welcome the twins to the family.<p>Any information we can take about Beyoncé soon-coming twins, we'll take.<p>At the …

Pregnancy

Liberty dealt double blow

Up against the Minnesota Lynx, three-time WNBA Champions, the New York Liberty’s lack of cohesion coupled with an ailing Tina Charles led to a 90-71 …

Women's Basketball

This Happened: Steve Harvey’s Ex-Wife Sues Him For 'Soul Murder'

ESSENCE Live's 'Slayed or Shade' panel discuss the recent lawsuit filed by Steve Harvey's second ex-wife.

Steve Harvey