About Essence

Whether a disgruntled ex-wife, spiteful baby momma or an all-for-self girlfriend, I can’t stand any woman who comes in the way of a father trying to establish a solid and much-needed relationship with his children. My disdain is so intense, that you’d think I was the victim of a fatherless childhood due to some maniac […]

Carrie Bradshaw is my imaginary Caucasian big sister who I admire in almost every sense and aim to emulate. Needless to say, when ‘The Carrie Diaries–” a show that flashbacks to Bradshaw’s teen years–aired, I was all in. I felt slightly lame for being so amped to watch a show whose audience is probably matriculating […]

Why doesn’t society paint emotional abuse to be as intolerable and unacceptable as physical abuse? I recently started recalling all the instances of friends and loved ones who had been in either physically and/or emotionally abusive relationships and I replayed the dynamics in my head. It seemed as though my three girlfriends who had been […]

One day they’re on, the next they’re off, the next they’re on again. You never know what you’re going to get with hot pop couple Rihanna and Chris Brown, whose unpredictable relationship headlines the blogs about four times a week. As of now, no one really knows where the two troubled lovebirds stand, but last […]

I went back and forth with relaxed and natural hair from middle school to college. For me, hair was just never that deep. From 2009-2010, I transitioned with the help of 16-inch weaves and blowouts until I finally chopped off the remaining relaxer and wore my lovely kinks in a cute, moderately sized, curly ‘fro—who […]

Claudia Jordan recently did an interview on the urban radio show, Power 105.1 The Breakfast Club. She was pretty open when discussing everything from her non-existent beef with Tamar Braxton to her past boos. Before closing the interview, DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne initiated “Marry, Fu*k, Kill”—a game in which the guest is given three […]

In case you haven’t yet heard, you will soon catch wind of Emeli Sandé. The 26-years-young British singer/songwriter has been playing the piano since she was 10 and singing even before then. To date, she’s penned jams for Tine Tempah, Wiley, Susan Boyle and others. Last year, Emeli lent her lyrical composition skills to her […]

Actress Gabrielle Union, who was recently honored at the ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon, is now starring in “Riding Dirty with Officer Turner” via Shaq’s YouTube Channel, Comedy Shaq. According to the series’ channel, “GAY-bri-YELL Turner (played by Union) is an overzealous traffic cop without a clue, who gets off (literally) by pulling over […]

It’s not uncommon to hear people complain about the lack of “good music” these days. Not that all modern music is bad, but much of it seems to have lost diversity, emotional appeal and there has been an obvious decline in the standard for vocal ability. Airwaves stream pop hit after pop hit, often accentuated […]

My favorite morning radio show The Breakfast Club on Power 105.1 recently interviewed songstress and “LAHH: Atlanta’s” K. Michelle. The Memphis native is known to be an open book to the public eye, whether dishing her business in interviews or singing it to a jam available for purchase on iTunes—or both. So when I saw […]

It’s no surprise that when it comes to the world of mainstream fashion and beauty, our rich hues are very scarce. It’s been this way since the beginning. Growing up, I don’t remember too many brown models. As with each generation, there were a few tokens—Iman, Naomi and Tyra—that were constantly recycled in fashion and […]

I nearly gagged when I read about the ménage à trois between former prison pals Orlando DeWitt, Ashley Hunter (a male partner) and a woman by the name of Leticia they met on Friday, February 8th. Long story short, DeWitt and Hunter welcomed the weekend by partying it up at a local bar. They took […]