Remembering Doug Banks


(April 11) We're sad to report that radio personality, DOUG BANKS, has passed at the age of 57. The host of The Doug Banks Show began his career as a high school student in Detroit. His career would take…

Black Girls Rock! 2016

(April 9)  BLACK GIRLS ROCK! 2016 was so necessary. In a society that constantly tells women of color that we are less than, BLACK GIRLS ROCK! is an affirmation. It is a reminder that we are excellent and beautiful and…

You On Point, Phife

March 23- The hip hop world mourns the loss of Malik "Phife Dawg" Taylor at 45. The 5 foot rapper, a member of the much lauded group A Tribe Called Quest is best remembered by this writer for his verses…

The Tuskegee Airmen

March 19- On this day in 1941 civil rights organizations and the black press exerted pressure that resulted in the formation of an all African-American pursuit squadron based in Tuskegee, Alabama.  Prior to this time there were no African American…

Remembering Daryl Coley

The entertainment industry mourns the death of gospel great, Daryl Coley. Known for his intricate vocal riffs and jazz-like arrangements, Coley was known as a singer's singer. The gifted vocalist recorded such classics as “Beyond the Veil,” “He’s Preparing Me,”…

BET Honors 2016

What does extraordinary look like? Last night the BET Honors aired and we saw some of the biggest names in entertainment, business and politics gather to honor black excellence. Hosted by Arsenio Hall and taped at the Warner Theatre (Washington…

This One's For Me And You

R&B lover's are in for a treat. Musical giants New Edition are featured on the latest single from Johnny Gill's album 'Game Changer' and it is hot, hot, hot! NE fans can once again enjoy the smooth vocals of Gill…

Picture Perfect

March 11- A beautiful moment in time captured on film forever. The Obama family is pictured at the White House state dinner held in honor of Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, on March 10th. This was the first state dinner…

The Sofa Series

(Image courtesy of Shannon Comage)

March 7- Something special happened in Atlanta this past Saturday. In an obscure location, late at night, far from the hustle and bustle of downtown, we saw something magical happen on a stage…

Represent Your HBCU

The Home Depot reaffirms its commitment to HBCUs announcing its 2016 Retool Your School Campus Improvement Grant Program. Now in its seventh year, the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer utilizes the program to offer Historically Black Colleges and Universities…

A Sacred Space

Something very special happened February 25th in Beverly Hills. A star-studded room of women (and men) gathered at the ninth annual ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Awards luncheon to celebrate their own. Honorees for this year's Black Women in Hollywood…

Forever Young

By now you've seen the video of Virginia McLaurin. At 106 years-old, she has fulfilled her dream of visiting the White House and meeting President Obama and the First Lady. The diminutive media sensation has stolen our hearts with her…