A Bizarre Feminist Music Video Experiment That's Pretty Much Rocking Our World


A Bizarre Feminist Music Video Experiment That's Pretty Much Rocking Our World

A Bizarre Feminist Music Video Experiment That's Pretty Much Rocking Our World

Raise your hand if you’ve seen a bunch of women dancing together in a music video. (Everyone raises hand.) Now, raise your hand if you’ve ever witnessed a swarm of lady strangers from different locations and backgrounds, of all different ages and body types, join together for one epic day of avant-garde costumes, weird improvised... More »

What Emma's Mattress Means for Medicine

I am a medical student, yes. I am also a survivor of sexual violence. With the recent Columbia University commencement, the surge of articles surrounding the narratives of Emma Sulkowickz and Paul Nungesser prompted me to reflect on this latter identity. When histories of sexual harassment at my school emerged last November, my survivor status... More »

The 'Gilmore Girls' Cast Reunited At ATX And We Totally Followed

The “Gilmore Girls” reunion panel at the ATX Television Festival turned into a Stars Hollow town meeting on Saturday evening. Stars Hollow in all it’s blurry glory #ATXTVs4 pic.twitter.com/fWChcEjWif — Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) June 7, 2015 The excitement began earlier in the day, when the cast posed for the Today Show at the festival (L-R... More »

WNBA Star Brittney Griner Files to Have Marriage Annulled

Just one day after announcing that they’re expecting their first child together, Brittney Griner has filed paper to annul her marriage to Glory Johnson. According to ESPN, Griner addressed the 29-day marriage in a statement Friday.”Last Wednesday, Glory and I agreed to either legally separate, get divorced, or annul our marriage,” Griner said. “I can confirm... More »

Amy Sherman-Palladino Says 'Gilmore Girls' Couldn't Exist Today

“Gilmore Girls” creator Amy Sherman-Palladino says TV has changed so much in the past 15 years, the show simply couldn’t exist today. “Today, you don’t sell ‘Gilmore Girls,’ nobody buys it,” Sherman-Palladino, the show’s co-creator, said on Saturday during her panel ahead of the “Gilmore Girls” reunion at ATX Television Festival. She argued that it... More »

Hillary Clinton Calls for Universal Voter Registration

Speaking at Texas Southern University yesterday, 2016 president hopeful Hillary Clinton pushed for voter reform and urged for legislation that would automatically register voters once they turned 18.During her speech, Clinton called out Republican lawmakers for supporting voter identification laws.”Today, Republicans are systematically and deliberately trying to stop millions of American citizens from voting,” she... More »

Former Employees File Racial Profiling Lawsuit Against CVS

A group of former CVS employees has filed a federal lawsuit against the drugstore chain, claiming that they were ordered to target Black and Hispanic shoppers at the company’s New York locations.Lacole Simpson, Sheree Steele, Delbert Sorhaindo and Kerth Pollack, who were all detectives with CVS’ Loss Prevention Department, filed the lawsuit on Wednesday. “CVS intentionally... More »

What Would Amelia Earhart Do?

We’re all about rockstar women. With a business all about breakups, we’re about helping people find their feet, get back to fabulous and rock their awesome! We like to look at badass women of the past for inspiration on how they would tackle modern problems. And it’s time to put Amelia Earhart in the spotlight.... More »

ESSENCE Poll: How Do You Feel About Heels?

Barbie is getting a podiatry makeover.Mattell, the creator of the dolls, announced a new line of Barbies that will feature bendable ankles, giving the dolls’ formerly permanently angled feet a little footwear variation. So long, stilettos; hello, ballet flats!If you were Barbie, would you be waving your plastic arms in celebration, or would you still... More »

It’s a Wrap: Petals of Wisdom for All

Wow, what an event yesterday! Every moment of hard work and preparation for this event was totally worth it. We had an outstanding group of panelists who were inspirational and eager to share their success stories with our guests. A special thank you to Lacrecia Cade, CCO of Morehouse College; Tricia Conahan, CMO Brookdale Senior... More »

Ask Dr. Sherry: ‘My Live-In Mom Is Causing Drama With My Man’

You’ve seen celebrity clinical psychologist Dr. Sherry Blake, author of The Single Married Woman: True Stories of Why Women Feel All Alone in Their Marriages, keep the Braxton sisters calm on the hit show Braxton Family Values. Now it’s your turn to sit in her chair…Dear Sis,I’ve been in a relationship for the past four years. Source:... More »

Save the Date: PINK 2015 Empowerment Event

Save the Date: PINK 2015 Empowerment Event

Don’t miss PINK’s 6th Annual Fall Empowerment Event. Save the Date!  !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?’http’:’https’;if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+’://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js’;fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, ‘script’, ‘twitter-wjs’); lang: en_US Source: Little Pink Book

Elle Varner is Giving Us Life In New Single, 'Birthday'

ESSENCE Fest performer, Elle Varner is prepping to release her highly anticipated sophomore album, Four Letter Word andwe can hardly wait! The uber-talented singer/songwriter has been consistently releasing great song after song via her soundcloud page and today is no different. Today, she released her super sexy new single, Birthday featuring none other than hip-hop’s... More »

Taylor Swift And Calvin Harris Were Set Up By Ellie Goulding, Because They're Both Vertically Blessed

Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris have been romantically involved since March, and we’re totally happy for them — seriously Mazel Tov, you guys. But before they got to the point where paparazzi could snap photos of them holding hands and kissing at a country concert, the question of how they met definitely crossed our minds.... More »

Doctors Sue Arizona Over Abortion Law That 'Forces Doctors To Lie To Patients'

A new Arizona law would unconstitutionally force doctors to lie to their patients about the reversibility of medical abortions, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court Thursday by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of Planned Parenthood and various Arizona health care providers. The lawsuit challenges the recently passed SB 1318, which adds... More »

Is He Worthy of a Second Date?

Second dates are pretty major. And afterwards you’ll have to decide whether or not this guy is worthy of a third date, after which you’ll pretty much officially be dating (holy crap). Well, relax. If you listen to your gut, you should already have a pretty good idea about whether or not a second date... More »

Marilyn Mosby Announces New Program to Reduce Number of Repeat Drug Offenders

In a move to reform Baltimore’s criminal justice system, Maryland state’s attorney Marilyn Mosby has announced a new program that will give low-level offenders milder sentences in the hopes of reducing both the number of repeat offenders and the city’s unemployment rate.Last month, Mosby unveiled Aim to B’More, which is modeled off of a similar... More »

Watch ESSENCE FEST Alum Jennifer Hudson Spread a Message of Acceptance in her New Video, 'I Still Love You'

Jennifer Hudson may have one of the biggest hearts in the music industry.  The mom, fianceé and family-woman often speaks out against social injustices on social media and in her music but this time around, she used a visual opportunity to spread a message of acceptance and equality for the LGBT community.  In a new... More »

'Power' Star Naturi Naughton on Embracing the Powerful Woman Inside of You

Ladies, please take a seat! Spread yourself across your couch, breathe slow, deep breaths and awaken your spirit. Now think of your mother, your grandmothers, great-grandmothers, aunts, sisters, girlfriends, mentors, even yourself. Tears begin to flow when I think of the strong women that have enriched my life. I can’t imagine life without the loving... More »

Jada Pinkett-Smith Says Those ‘Open Marriage’ Rumors Aren't What You Think

Okay, world, you can stop saying that Jada Pinkett-Smith and Will Smith are in an “open marriage.” They’re not. And, this comes straight from the misses’ mouth. In a recent radio interview with Howard Stern, the host asked Pinkett-Smith to set the record straight.“Look I’m not here to be anybody’s watcher,” Pinkett-Smith responded. I’m not... More »

How Kork-Ease Evolved From A 'Comfort Shoe' To One Of The Most Stylish Brands Around

Kork-Ease sandals have come a long way since their 1953 beginnings. Introduced as a comfort shoe, the brand maintained steady acclaim throughout the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. For a long while after that, its popularity dwindled. But now, the shoes are back “in.” And with good reason — to this day, the brand produces shoes... More »

Game On!

Game On!

Force 10 Hoops – 2010 Storm Championship Celebration (Photo credit: Aaron Last/Storm Photography) I had no idea what an adventure owning a professional sports franchise would turn out to be back in the early summer of 2007. Never in a thousand years would I have predicted I would want to do something like this, much... More »

25 Songs To Get You Through Your Breakup

Sometimes the only cure for a bad love hangover is a really great song. We’re adding Mariah Carey’s new breakup anthem “Infinity” to our soundtrack of songs to get you over your broken heart and maybe get you in your feelings.“Where Do Broken Hearts Go” by Whitney HoustonThere’s still no answer to the famous question Whitney posed... More »

ESSENCE FEST Alums Nas, Naughty By Nature & More Featured on 'DOPE' Movie Soundtrack

“DOPE” is a new coming-of-age film about a young man who has to balance living life in one of L.A.’s worst hoods while trying to get in to college and passing the SAT.  The superstar cast features A$AP Rocky, Chanel Iman, Kimberly Elise and Zoë Kravitz.  Newcomers Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori and Kiersey Clemons light... More »

It's Never Too Soon–Or Too Late

Career planning is not an activity that should be done once—in high school or college—and then left behind as we move forward in our jobs and careers. Career planning is an activity that is best done on a regular basis, especially given the data that the average worker will change careers (not jobs) multiple times... More »

Trina Turk: On Trusting Instinct

Trina Turk: On Trusting Instinct

Paradigm Shifters is a series of interviews with a select group of women from eclectic walks of life. It will highlight real life insight on how women have been able to turn weakness into strength. Each interview is the naked truth about breakdowns that inspired breakthroughs. These women have experienced internal changes, which make them... More »

ESSENCE Poll: Do You Care About the Government Spying on Americans?

Key provisions in the controversial Patriot Act have been temporarily suspended after the Senate was unable to reach a compromise by midnight of last night.The Patriot Act, which was signed by President Bush shortly after 9/11, has allowed the government and the National Security Agency to “spy” on Americans, giving them access to individuals’ private... More »

Southern Belles

My recent travels to the South made me curious about women and their contributions from the Southern states. Match the following Southern Belles with their accomplishments: ____ 1. The “mother of the civil rights movement,” in 1955, she refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama city bus to a white man. ____... More »

Floyd Mayweather Threatened To Leak His Ex-Fiancée's 'Nasty Videos' To Break Her

Floyd Mayweather Threatened To Leak His Ex-Fiancée's 'Nasty Videos' To Break Her

Floyd Mayweather, known physical abuser of the women he purportedly loves, appears to also enjoy threatening to publicly humiliate them. TMZ Sports has obtained court filings by Mayweather’s former fiancée, Shantel Jackson, that provide a detailed look into the psychological torture the boxer allegedly inflicts on women. In particular, we can see at least the... More »

She Knows Now Creator Tiffany Hardin Launches a Media Platform to Empower Women

In a world of social media show offs and reality TV, it’s hard to tell what’s real and what’s just for show. Enter Tiffany Hardin, a 20-something media strategist with a vision to help women be their most authentic selves by adding some truths to our digital diets. “I wanted to promote positive images of women... More »

Kanye West to Students: ‘When You’re The Absolute Best, You Get Hated On The Most’

Unfortunately your browser does not support IFrames.On Friday night, Kanye West addressed graduating students at prestigious fashion school Los Angeles Trade Technical College, and delivered the address like only he can.His most memorable line? “When you’re the absolute best, you get hated on the most.”Before taking to the podium to address the crowd, West watched... More »

Sony Music CEO Says Beyoncé’s Music Will Not Be Pulled From Tidal

Good news for Tidal subscribers: your favorite Beyoncé hits will not disappear.When a Bloomberg news report critiquing Tidal’s flaws was released on Thursday it claimed that due to financial disputes over streaming rights, Sony and Warner may pull Queen Bey’s music and video from the popular new app, along with other Sony artists. This, of... More »

Nicki Minaj Says Women Deserve Better Orgasms and Better Pay

Rap star Nicki Minaj is Cosmopolitan magazine’s July cover girl and she’s saluting women big time.The “Feeling Myself’ rapper spoke candidly about her high maintenance bedroom preferences and why women should always get their way between the sheets.”I demand that I climax. I think women should demand that,” she says. “I have a friend who’s... More »

Gynecologist Sets The Record Straight About Whether Thongs Present A Health Risk

Thongs could potentially become a trend of the past as millennials veer more toward full-coverage undergarments, but many women still have unanswered questions about the barely-there underwear. For example: Do thongs present a health risk? Can they spread infection or affect hygiene? HuffPost Live’s Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani got to the bottom of it on Friday during... More »

This Girl's Yearbook Quote About Wearing A Hijab Has A Magical 'Harry Potter' Twist

This Girl's Yearbook Quote About Wearing A Hijab Has A Magical 'Harry Potter' Twist

Add this to the list of awesome yearbook quotes we’ve seen this year. People always ask Fatima Abdel-Gwad, a 17-year-old from California, why she wears a hijab, Seventeen reported. So she decided to settle it once and for all with her yearbook quote — and a little bit of help from “Harry Potter.” http://kabobkween.tumblr.com/post/119495733267/had-to-keep-it-real-with-my-senior-quote The... More »

7 Pop Culture Documentaries To Stream On Netflix

After you’ve finished our true crime and best of Netflix round-ups, we’ve got seven more documentaries to stream. “Beyond Clueless” “Beyond Clueless” is the kind of educational content you forget is intellectually stimulating halfway through. The seductively calming voice of narrator Fairuza Balk walks through clips of all the major teen movies of the turn... More »

Why 1970s Summers Were Way Better

Why 1970s Summers Were Way Better

Crank up the radio in your Trans Am. Put on your terrycloth shorts/romper/shirt. Grab your rainbow flip-flops and join me for a run through the sprinkler in the front yard, won’t you? Below are just a few reasons why my ’70s summers were just the best. 1. Marathon banana seat bike rides. I remember getting... More »

Mom Captures Beautiful Moment Between Little Girls Battling Cancer Together

Mom Captures Beautiful Moment Between Little Girls Battling Cancer Together

When Tazz Jones was visiting her 5-year-old daughter Maliyah at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, she took a sweet photo of the little girl embracing her friend and fellow patient Madelina DeLuca. “This is the perfect example of love,” the mom wrote in the caption. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id))... More »

Defense Attorneys in Freddie Gray Case Ask Judge to Move Trial Outside of Baltimore

Defense attorneys in the case against six police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray filed an 85-page document yesterday asking a Baltimore judge to move the trial outside of city limits, arguing that their clients’ rights to a fair and impartial jury were at stake.The attorneys said that there hasn’t been enough time... More »

The Rising Popularity Of 'Granny Panties' Could Be Tied To A Healthier Perception Of Beauty

The New York Times reported Wednesday that young women are increasingly embracing “granny panties” and spurning thongs, proving that now more than ever, women are dressing and shopping for themselves. Beyond that, however, lies a notion even more exciting: a change in the way we wear underwear could be signaling a change in our perception... More »

7 Ways David Oyelowo Delivers Another Masterful Performance in HBO’s ‘Nightingale’

David Oyelowo is a masterful actor. It’s a skillset the Brit has proven in everything from Selma to The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. Although his HBO film, Nightingale, is difficult to watch, the Shakespearean-trained thespian rises above the limitations of being the sole character we see and draws us in so deftly it’s impossible to turn... More »

Listen to Common Talk About Why ESSENCE FEST is So Special on "The Steve Harvey Morning Show"

Earlier this morning (May 28), Oscar-award winning rapper and actor Common spoke to “The Steve Harvey Morning Show” about how excited he is to take the MainStage at the 2015 ESSENCE FEST on Saturday, July 4.His 2015 Oscar win for Best Song, with “Glory,” catapulted the multitalented Chicago native into a new realm of success... More »

Watch Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Inspiring Speech to Young Writers

<ess_youtube<[YOUTUBE-ID:3uNcvtjT8Pk]Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has an important message for young women everywhere: Tell your story truthfully.Speaking at a banquet for the nonprofit Girls Write Now, an organization that inspires young female writers, the award-winning author encouraged the girls to stay honest in their writing with no regard how other people will perceive you.”Forget about likability,”... More »

Michelle Obama Is The 'Hugger-In-Chief'

First lady Michelle Obama is “the hugger-in-chief,” according to White House photographer Pete Souza. On Wednesday, Souza posted a series of photos on Medium.com, with an intro noting that Obama enjoys hugging almost anyone she meets. “My staff and I have been photographing her since Inauguration Day, and as the following photographs clearly show, she’s... More »

20 Jails Receive MacArthur Grants to Reform Criminal Justice System

Twenty jail systems across the country are receiving a financial incentive to drastically reduce the number of individuals behind bars.The MacArthur Foundation announced today that it would be distributing $150,000 grants to 20 jails or counties in an attempt to eliminate unnecessary incarceration and ensure fairness within municipal court systems. “Despite growing national attention to the... More »

Dozens Protest After Baltimore Officials Propose Funding Youth Jail, Cutting Education Spending

A new round of protests emerged in Baltimore yesterday after Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan proposed the $30 million construction of a Baltimore juvenile detention center—one day before cutting $11 million from the city’s public school funding.During yesterday morning’s commute, more than 40 protestors took to highways to protest the proposal, sparking outrage among commuters and... More »

Listen to Jill Scott Talk "Fool's Gold" & the 15 Year Anniversary of Her Debut Album on SHMS

15 years ago, Grammy-Award winning singer and actress Jill Scott released her debut album, “Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1.”  Now, she’s returning with fifth studio album, “Woman,” due out before the end of August. In a new interview with our friends over at The Steve Harvey Morning Show, Jill and Steve reminisce over the... More »

The Resilience of McKenzie Roese

The Resilience of McKenzie Roese

…to make an end is to make a beginning… T. S. Eliot Building Explodes in NYC’s East Village. This was the headline online for The New York Post on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 3:34 p.m. Twenty-four minutes after a gas explosion caused four buildings to be engulfed in flames. At 3:00 p.m., McKenzie Roese... More »

Is it Possible to Get Past an Affair?

Hilary Clinton recently announced she is running for President. Many people still remember when Bill Clinton was President and had his infamous affair with Monica Lewinsky. Hilary chose back then to stay with Bill. Did they really get past the affair? They seem happy enough in public. Perhaps they really are. It is true that... More »

A Year of Lessons: What I Learned From Working and Traveling in Chile, Turkey and Myanmar

A Year of Lessons: What I Learned From Working and Traveling in Chile, Turkey and Myanmar

By Cecily Mauran This past year, eight friends and I traveled to Chile, Turkey, and Myanmar to work with entrepreneurs and organizations that support entrepreneurs. Working, living, and generally spending all of our time together with these people, often in challenging environments, tested our patience and raised our threshold for stress and aptitude. It was... More »

She Dares to Dream Big

Regina Scott always dreamed of becoming a police officer. Today, she is the first female African American to achieve the rank of commander in Los Angeles Police Department’s history. read more Source: Professional Womans Magazine

New Study Reveals Most Women Still Aren’t Applying Sunscreen

While Memorial Day festivities are officially over, it’s a subtle reminder that sunscreen season is here. Recently the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology stating that many women still aren’t wearing sunscreen on their face.The findings reveal that only 43 percent of... More »

Must See: Black Family Receives Letter From Neighbors: 'You Don't Belong Here'

<ess_youtube>[YOUTUBE-ID:lZ0CS-wGt7A]On Thursday, Lindenhurst, Long Island resident Ronica Copes received a letter in her mailbox boldly asking her and her family to move because they’re Black.The letter, that was addressed to the “African-American Family”, was printed on plain white paper in bold capital letters stating, “This is coming from the Lindenhurst Community. Lindenhurst is 84% white.... More »

I'm Done Being Quiet About Feminism

I'm Done Being Quiet About Feminism

When you Google “feminism,” the first thing that comes up is the definition. After that, a couple of articles about Emma Watson, and then a website called “feminism.org.” You know what doesn’t pop up? Man hating. So why is it that feminism is regarded as a complete hatred of anything masculine? I’ll be the first... More »

Girls Scouts Have Awesome Response To 'Family' Group That Wants To Ban Trans Scouts

A “family” group doesn’t want transgender girls accepted into the Girl Scouts of America, but the Girl Scouts sure don’t care. Last week, the American Family Association launched a petition demanding the Girl Scouts rescind their policy welcoming transgender girls. The petition reads: “This means girls in the organization will be forced to recognize and... More »

Lena Dunham Offers Support To Emma Sulkowicz After Posters Attacking Both Women Appeared In NYC

Actress Lena Dunham took to Twitter to show support for sexual assault activist Emma Sulkowicz after posters accusing both women of lying about being raped appeared Wednesday around New York City. When Sulkowicz graduated from Columbia University this week, she also concluded an art project — in which she carried a mattress around campus for... More »

The Public Spaces Where People Privately Orgasm, Explored In 'Little Deaths'

At first glance, the stark photographs in Polly Brown’s new book, Little Deaths, seem bound together only by their banality: A rumpled sofa, an office chair, the row of reading lights and flight attendant call buttons hanging over an airplane seat. But Brown’s project prompts viewers to consider these mundane spots in a different light.... More »

#TBT: Watch ESSENCE Fest Performer Lalah Hathaway Perform 'Forever, For Always, Love' in 2009

Lalah Hathaway was born into music.  The daughter of the legendary soul singer Donny Hathaway and accomplished musician Eulalah Hathaway is often referred to as “The First Daughter of Soul,” not only because of who her parents are but also because of her undeniable vocal talent.  The Grammy-Award winning artist has six studio albums and... More »

Steve Harvey, Wale, Lalah Hathaway, & Jonathan McReynolds Added to ESSENCE Fest Lineup

This year’s ESSENCE Fest lineup just keeps getting better and better! After announcing an already amazing lineup for this year’s highly anticipated festival, we have added a few more names to the list that are sure to double your excitement!Comedian, best-selling author, love guru, and Emmy winner, Steve Harvey has just been added to Empowerment... More »

Volunteer Your Way to a More Satisfying Career

According to a 2013 study by the Corporation for National and Community Service, jobseekers who volunteered increased their chances of landing a job by 27 percent. Opportunities for skills building and networking were cited as the most likely causes for such a drastic increase, but increased motivation and confidence were also credited with improving the... More »

PINK Petals of Wisdom Women’s Business Lunch

PINK Petals of Wisdom Women’s Business Lunch

Don’t miss PINK’s 6th Annual Spring Women’s Business Lunch, coming up on June 4th, 2015 at Atlanta’s 103 West. To register today, click here.  !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?’http’:’https’;if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+’://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js’;fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, ‘script’, ‘twitter-wjs’); lang: en_US Source: Little Pink Book

4 Things You’re Doing Wrong in Business

4 Things You’re Doing Wrong in Business

Surprising mistakes undermining productivity and profitability that are also holding business managers and owners back from conducting business with more meaning, purpose and urgency In today’s cut-throat business climate, the pressure to generate profits quickly is often unrelenting and intense. From accommodating anxious shareholders and contending with new competitors that seemingly surface by the hour... More »

Deborah Cox Describes 'The Bodyguard' Musical Role As A 'Dream Of A Lifetime'

The musical theatre adaptation of Lawrence Kasdan’s 1992 Oscar-nominated film, “The Bodyguard” will make its North American debut with its Fall 2016 national tour. The award-winning musical, which premiered at London’s Adelphi Theatre in Dec. 2012, will star Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Deborah Cox as Rachel Marron (previously played by X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke) and directed... More »

Solange Pays Homage to Bessie Smith, Shares Her Thoughts on Artists Speaking Out About Social Issue

Solange was the surprise guest at HBO’s Bessie 81 Theater Tour stop in Los Angeles last night. The singer even debuted a new song, written in response to protests in Baltimore and Ferguson. Speaking to ESSENCE earlier in the day, Solange said she felt a sense of responsibility as an artist to respond to what... More »

Trieste…Loitering at its Best

Trieste…Loitering at its Best

By Wendy VanHatten “Trieste offers no unforgettable landmark, no universally familiar melody, no unmistakable cuisine.” Jan Morris Why on earth would anyone go to Trieste after reading that quote from travel writer Jan Morris? Because. In fact, writers have come to Trieste for years to embrace the city’s prickly grace, savor its glistening belle époque... More »

What is your overall, BtoB content goal?

The days of wishing, hoping and haphazard results are over. What is really going on with your BtoB content strategy? Please answer these questions…   Are you just posting on social-media when you remember, or just because you “think you are supposed to” because everyone else is? Do you have tons of “social” followers, but... More »

HuffPost's Here To Make Friends Podcast Does A Deep, Dark Dive Into 'The Bachelorette'

It’s 2015. By now, reality TV is a young adult, but it hasn’t grown out of “The Bachelor” franchise. Despite its bizarre dating rituals, low success rate, and questionable racial and gender politics, the stable of shows is, if anything, more popular than ever. Do people love “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette,” or do they... More »

Why Kerry Washington Thinks It's An 'Exciting Time' for Diversity on TV

Kerry Washington thinks Americans are finally ready to embrace diversity on their small screens.At the Paley Center for Media’s tribute celebrating the achievements of African-Americans on TV, the Scandal star said TV networks are finally “realizing how valuable it is to have diversity and inclusivity” as part of their programming. “We’re realizing that it’s important... More »

Photography Student Photographs Gorgeous Women Who Aren't Afraid To Take Up Space

Photography Student Photographs Gorgeous Women Who Aren't Afraid To Take Up Space

“By the time I was five, I was a little diva,” glorious queen Stevie Nicks once said. The word diva, according to Merriam-Webster dictionary, is defined as “a famous and successful woman who is very attractive and fashionable.” Mix that understanding with Beyoncé’s wise words, “a diva is a female version of a hustler,” and... More »

Tia Mowry on Her Cooking Show, Favorite Recipes, and Whether Food Really Is the Way to a Man’s Heart

It’s official—Tia Mowry has yet another trade that she can add to her already overflowing resume. The actress/businesswoman/author/producer/mom recently introduced her latest project: Tia at Home, her new cooking show on the Cooking Channel.The 36-year-old actress took a break from the kitchen to chat with ESSENCE.com about her deep-seated love of cooking, how she makes... More »

New app from Experian empowers members to reach their financial goals

New app from Experian empowers members to reach their financial goals

Experian kicked off National Financial Literacy Month with new app and a study that demonstrates that users of Experian® recently announced the release of its mobile app for iOS and Android devices. The app empowers Experian Credit TrackerSM members to interact with their credit, including their FICO® Scores based on Experian data, in new ways so they can make... More »

Women Vote with Pocketbooks: WBENC Conference & Business Fair

Women Vote with Pocketbooks: WBENC Conference & Business Fair

Women have $7 billion in buying power as consumers, generate $1.4 trillion in revenues as business owners and have created more than a quarter of a million jobs since 2007. Women have the economic clout and power to enact significant influence. Pamela Prince-Eason, President and CEO of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the leader in women’s business... More »

Better Manicures in 7 Steps

The New York Times investigative series by Sarah Maslin Nir on the exploitation of nail salon workers brings long-awaited attention to a critical issue affecting many Asian-American women. Over 40 percent of nail salon workers nationwide are Asian-American. The average nail technician is 38 years old, has worked in the industry for nine years and... More »

Is It Really Over? Watch a Sneak Peek of the 'Scandal' Season Finale

<ess_brightcove<[BRIGHTCOVE-ID:4234664398001]Is Olivia finally ready to say goodbye to Fitz? We’ve seen them do this many times, but will it be real this time? Sure, he’s a married man and they both have no business doing what they’re doing, but darn it…we’re still glued to their illicit affairWe’re sure you’ll be watching tomorrow night (10/9c on... More »

On Pregnancy and Gender Equality

On Pregnancy and Gender Equality

Last week, Boston Globe columnist Shirley Leung proposed that yes, women can, in fact, have it all. Just as soon as men get pregnant. Leung argues that even though today, more women graduate from college than men (and charge headfirst into promising careers), “all the gains women achieve at the beginning of their careers evaporate... More »

99-Year-Old Indiana Woman Receives High School Diploma 8 Decades After Leaving School

99-Year-Old Indiana Woman Receives High School Diploma 8 Decades After Leaving School

An Indiana woman who will turn 100 years old later this month has received her high school diploma more than eight decades after she originally was supposed to graduate. Lora Lois LeMond White Hardy received the certificate Tuesday evening at the Anderson Community Schools board of trustees meeting. Hardy needed just four more credits to... More »

Just Engaged: Yanique and Rondel’s Turks and Caicos Surprise Proposal

The Lucky Lady: Yanique Ashwood, 30, Directory of Inventory, Comedy CentralHer Leading Man: Fondel Holder, 30, ESSENCE Senior Marketing Manager/Founder of Soul Society 101Where It All Went Down: The Somerset on Grace Bay in Turks and CaicosHow did you meet your man?I met Rondel outside of the library on our college campus at Temple University.... More »

Tom Brokaw: We Can't Fulfill America's Promise If We Are Blinded By Color

Tom Brokaw gave a commencement speech at High Point University on Saturday focusing on the nation that graduates inherited from “the Greatest Generation,” those who fought in World War II. He reminded graduates that they have the rights and responsibility to spread “American ideals and culture” and to not be afraid “to be disruptive; find... More »

Why I Decided to Grow My Value

There is no one, clear path for women to “success.” There is no map, no obvious way forward because the definition of success is going to be different to each individual person. What is most important as a woman, a mother, an employee, is to figure out what you personally need to be happy and... More »

Best Family Beach Vacations

Best Family Beach Vacations

The best beaches can be found along the Atlantic and Pacific Coast.  Here are a few ideas you may wish to consider for your next family beach vacation. Florida.  From Ft. Lauderdale to Miami Beach, Florida is a prime resort area for family vacations.  With perfect weather and miles and miles of beaches, this area... More »

There Are Lots Of Ways To Get More Women Elected To Office. Just Ask The Rest Of The World.

WASHINGTON — Even as Hillary Clinton solidifies her grasp on her party’s nomination for president, women remain dramatically underrepresented in American politics, holding only 20 percent of the seats in Congress and just six out of the 50 governorships. Despite gains in 2014, there are still 94 countries, including Saudi Arabia, Zimbabwe and Afghanistan, with... More »

The Lavender Graduating Class of 2015 Lacks Legal Protection

The Lavender Graduating Class of 2015 Lacks Legal Protection

… Moving Into The Workplace By Riley Folds College graduation season is finally here.  Students have taken their last finals, physically moving out of dorms, and transitioning mentally from being a student on campus to a professional in the workplace.  For most, this transition began months ago by attending career fairs, emailing out resumes, and interviewing.... More »

TONIGHT: Harry Belafonte, Susan Taylor Host Town Hall Teleconference to Discuss Race Relations

As protests against police brutality continue across the country, National CARES Mentoring Movement along with singer and activist Harry Belafonte will host a town hall telephone call tonight for both mentors and community leaders.National CARES, a mentoring program aimed at expanding opportunities and programs catering to Black children, announced the call last week in the... More »

On Growing Into My Motherhood

On Growing Into My Motherhood

At 24, home meant a rundown farm house that was a bit off the grid in the Maryland countryside. My partner and I had been together only a few months and hastily moved there when I discovered I was pregnant. The house belonged to my grandfather, a wealthy lawyer with a taste for liquor which... More »

How Ronda Rousey Fought Back After She Discovered Her Boyfriend Secretly Took Nude Photos

Just like she does during her fights, Ronda Rousey took control the moment she discovered her then-boyfriend had secretly taken nude pictures of her. In an interview with Opie Radio on SiriusXM Monday to promote her new book, My Fight/Your Fight, UFC bantamweight champion Rousey said she was working social media on her boyfriend’s computer... More »

Eleni Antoniadou Wants To Change Medicine Forever — And She's Only 27

Eleni Antoniadou, 27, is an extraordinary young scientist who hopes to change the face of medicine. Named one of Forbes magazine’s 30 Under 30 in health care this year, Antoniadou is the co-founder of the startup Transplants Without Donors, which aims to jumpstart the use of lab-generated organs in clinical transplants. In 2011, she directly... More »

Generation X's Parenting Problem

Generation X's Parenting Problem

By Anjali Enjeti You remember childhood, don’t you? We wore our house keys around our necks like dog tags, walked home from school alone and let ourselves inside while our parents were still at work. We crossed busy intersections during rush hour to purchase bubble gum cigarettes with change from empty soda cans. Our playgrounds... More »

Rebel Wilson Launching Plus-Size Fashion Collection

Rebel Wilson Launching Plus-Size Fashion Collection

Just in time for the Friday release of “Pitch Perfect 2,” actress Rebel Wilson announced this week she’s joining forces with plus-size clothing brand Torrid to launch her own fashion collection. “Rebel for Torrid,” a limited-edition “holiday collection,” will hit stores in November, according to a Tuesday press release. According to the release, the company... More »

Theresa Duncan's Feminist Video Games Are Everything That's Right About The '90s

Theresa Duncan's Feminist Video Games Are Everything That's Right About The '90s

Illustration from Theresa Duncan’s Chop Suey, restored by Rhizome Long before Zoe Quinn’s moving attempt to enlighten others about the experience of mood disorders through her interactive fiction game Depression Quest, Theresa Duncan was making waves with her feminist CD-ROMs. And although Quinn’s work, which brought her under harsh scrutiny by misogynistic gamers who gathered... More »

21 Anxiety Triggers That Might Surprise You

If you suffer from anxiety, you’re not alone. Anxiety disorders affect 40 million U.S. adults, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Doctors typically diagnose patients with Generalized Anxiety Disorder if they suffer from symptoms of anxiety (constant worry, insomnia, difficulty concentration and more) for more than six months. But according to Everyday... More »

Marvel Reportedly Wants Ava DuVernay To Direct Superhero Movie

Director Ava DuVernay may be headed to Marvel. The studio is considering DuVernay, nominated for a Best Director Golden Globe for “Selma,” for an upcoming superhero film, according to The Wrap. Marvel apparently wants DuVernay to direct either “Black Panther” or “Captain Marvel,” both due out in 2018. She would be the first black woman... More »

Meghan Trainor Appears Digitally Slimmed-Down In Images By Designer Ted Baker

Meghan Trainor, whose hit single “All About That Bass” celebrates curvy figures and berates the media for photoshopping women’s bodies, appears digitally slimmed down in photos sent out by the clothing line Ted Baker. Trainor appeared conspicuously skinnier in photos released Monday by the company than in shots available from Getty Images showing the voluptuous... More »

This Man Saved Up So He Could Give His Parents The Perfect 50th Anniversary Gift

This Man Saved Up So He Could Give His Parents The Perfect 50th Anniversary Gift

This Staten Island son just made his parents very, very happy. On Sunday, Nick Raymond surprised his mom and dad with a wonderful gift for their upcoming 50th wedding anniversary — a two-week, all-expenses-paid vacation to Hawaii, where they’d always dreamt of going. He filmed their sweet reactions and posted the video to YouTube. via... More »

Peak Time For Births: Start Of The Workday

Peak Time For Births: Start Of The Workday

By: Rachael Rettner Published: 05/11/2015 11:39 AM EDT on LiveScience Babies in the United States are more likely to be born during regular business hours than during off hours, a finding that suggests that doctors are using medical interventions — such as cesarean sections — to schedule births. The study, which included information from birth... More »

Mass. Attorney General Wishes The NFL Cared As Much About Domestic Violence As It Does About Deflated Footballs

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey criticized the NFL Tuesday for doling out a harsher punishment to Tom Brady over the “deflategate” controversy than it originally did to Ray Rice for beating his then-fiancée, according to ABC affiliate WCVB. “I’m just struck by the fact that somebody like Ray Rice gets a two-game suspension and Tom... More »

The Legacy I Didn't Know I Wanted

As far as legacies go, my tastes lie with something simple, like a check. Or stock. Or heirloom china. Unfortunately, Mama wasn’t the heirloom china type. What I got when she departed for the peaceful place where mothers don’t have to cook, clean or say, “If I told you once, I told you a million... More »

Why 'Mommie Dearest' Intrigues Me

Last week on YouTube, I stumbled on a clip from the 70s where Phil Donahue was interviewing the daughter of late Hollywood actress Joan Crawford. Christina Crawford’s haunting memoir, Mommie Dearest, had just been released. On the show, she told an unbelievable story that was recounted in the book, but not in the movie. When... More »

'Average Parent Problems' Instagram Shows The Daily Grind We Know All Too Well

'Average Parent Problems' Instagram Shows The Daily Grind We Know All Too Well

A new parenting-themed Instagram account captures everyday life for moms and dads in the throes of raising young kids. Titled Average Parent Problems, the Instagram features photos that sum up the daily grind of parenting — from laundry disasters to lego-related injuries. Mommy Shorts creator Ilana Wiles launched Average Parent Problems less than a month... More »

Love the Skin You're In

“Life is way too short to spend another day at war with yourself.” –Anonymous Going to extremes for beauty is not a new phenomenon. Women used to have ribs removed to make their midsections thin, and Chinese women used to have their feet bound to keep them small. Beauty is big business. In the United... More »

The Rise Of The Woman-Child

In “Preggoland,” Ruth spends most of her time working at an off-brand Walmart and drinking out of a cellphone-shaped flask. She’s in her 30s and it seems like everyone around her is starting a family, while she still has few plans beyond being the speediest checkout girl. Her friends are growing tired of her antics... More »

'Inclusion Is Bad for Business'

As with many African Americans, “inclusion” — an act of being included that entails a sense of belonging — has never sat well with me. Admittedly, I’ve felt excluded most of my life while ostensibly being included. At school, work and in relationships, I’ve not always experienced inclusion as positive “valuing.” Too often, inclusion has... More »

Half Of Texas Women Face Barriers To Reproductive Health

More than half of Texas women faced at least one barrier to accessing reproductive health care in the years after lawmakers dramatically altered the state’s family planning services, according to a new report by the Texas Policy Evaluation Project. The project’s researchers, who are based at the University of Texas at Austin, focused on access to... More »

In Defense of 'Pretty'

Beauty is subjective. There’s no such thing as a consensus about what makes a person physically attractive. It varies from nation to nation, from city to city and from me to you. I have an 18-month old daughter. And, in my eyes, she is absolutely breathtaking. Sometimes I feel this overwhelming surge of emotion when... More »

Stuttering Is No One's Fault

Last week the rapper Scroobius Pip was interviewed on the BBC talking about his stutter. In the midst of a great piece on the ways he has been shaped by his speech, Pip starts to talk about the causes of his condition, “Pip’s stutter emerged when he was four or five. He thinks it may... More »

Real Talk with Lyfe Jennings on His New Album, Monogamy, Stripper Worship in R&B

At a time when most grown folks think R&B is dead—and the lines between crooner and rapper become increasingly blurred—one man who still believes in making music from the heart is Lyfe Jennings. In 2004, the singer (born Chester Jermaine Jennings) left behind a tumultuous past, which included a 10-year stint in jail for arson,... More »

Which Feminist Icon Are You?

Our favorite feminist pioneers are women we all aspire to be like. So which one are you most similar to? From Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Audre Lorde, the women who paved the way for feminism and gender equality are straight up fierce. These women were feminists way before Beyoncé identified as one. Angela Davis, bell... More »

'Super Strong Princesses' Coloring Book Shows Little Girls How High They Can Aim

Cartoonist and mom Linnéa Johansson’s new coloring book features an empowering series of drawings that combat harmful gender stereotypes. “Super-Strong Princesses” re-imagines Disney princesses and other female characters as strong, active role models — a follow-up to her popular “Super Soft Heroes” coloring book, which tackled typical portrayals of masculinity in superheroes. Johansson told The... More »

'Empire's' Jussie Smollett, Trai Byers and Bryshere 'Yazz' Gray Cover June Issue of ESSENCE

The fictional Lyon brothers of hit TV show Empire, Andre, Jamal and Hakeem are expanding their kingdom this month to now include ESSENCE’s cover with a photoshoot so hot, we needed four (that’s right, four!) covers.Speaking with the actors behind everyone’s new favorite show, ESSENCE’s West Coast Editor Regina R. Robertson learned more reasons to... More »

Bridal Bliss: Christiana-Rose and Obiajulu’s Texas Wedding

Bride: Christiana-Rose Kelechi Obi, 31, PhysicianGroom: Obiajulu Joseph Isebor, 30, Reservoir EngineerThe Big Day: December 13, 2014Wedding Location: Houston, TexasWedding Style: Modern ElegancePerfect StrangersObi and Christiana’s love story began with a chatty stranger in a bar. Yup, true story. Christiana and her friends and co-workers were out for drinks after a late night at work... More »

Be a Woman of Impact With These 8 Qualities of Women Leaders

Be a Woman of Impact With These 8 Qualities of Women Leaders

Women and leadership is a hot topic right now. A presidential campaign. A woman on the 20-dollar bill. While it’s thrilling to see the current energy and excitement around women’s leadership, the reality is, women have been practicing leadership, doing amazing things, and making global contributions for centuries. And that is leadership: enabling positive change,... More »

Girl With Down Syndrome Is Ecstatic About Becoming A Cheerleader, And We Want To Be On Her Team #SquadGoals

Girl With Down Syndrome Is Ecstatic About Becoming A Cheerleader, And We Want To Be On Her Team #SquadGoals

A middle school girl has received some major news that is totally A-W-E! S-O-M-E! Lacey Parker, a 10-year-old girl who has Down syndrome, found out she made the cheerleading team at North DeSoto Middle School in Stonewall, Lousiana on May 1. “I made it!” Lacey cheers in the video above, jumping up and down and... More »

Emma Stone Says Her 'Heart Swells Up' When She Hears Andrew Garfield's 'Poetic' Words

Everyone’s favorite Hollywood couple, Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield, may have split in April, but the actress can still appreciate Garfield’s way with words. The “Aloha” star sat down with Diane Keaton for her cover story in Interview magazine, for which the two reflected on their careers and shared movie memories. During the interview, Keaton... More »

Jazmine Sullivan Believes In Comparison With the Artists of the 1960's, Today's Artists "Should Do More"

Jazmine Sullivan, Jon McReynolds, Jessica Reedy and more of Gospel’s biggest artists are set to pay tribute to vocal legend, Kim Burrell.  The 2015 ESSENCE Empowerment Experience will be filled with moving, positive and constructive experiences to improve the various aspects of your life, this July.Not only will we honor the Pastor Kim Burrell at... More »

How to Have It All

Career woman. Involved mother. Loving partner. Is it really possible to have it all — and not have a nervous breakdown from the stress? We all have a friend who looks like she just has it altogether. She balances work, kids and husband effortlessly. She never looks harassed. And she is living the life you... More »

Selma Blair Cast As Kris Jenner In 'American Crime Story'

While we’ve thought of casting the Kardashians before, Selma Blair as Kris Jenner never crossed our minds — and yet, it works. Entertainment Weekly reports that the “Legally Blonde” star will play the ex-wife of Robert Kardashian, O.J. Simpson’s attorney, in the upcoming FX series “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson.” The 10-episode... More »

ESSENCE Poll: If President Obama Called You Today, What Would You Say to Him?

The phone rings. You answer it. The voice on the other end says hello and identifies himself as President Obama. What do you do? Sound far-fetched? Maybe, but not impossible. In honor of Mother’s Day, the commander-in-chief himself surprised three (incredibly lucky) mother’s with a phone call thanking them for everything that they do. “I know how tough... More »

A Seat at the Table for Caregivers in Kenya

This week sees the publication of UN Women’s flagship report Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016: Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights. The report calls for long overdue reforms to the global policy agenda thinking which will transform economies and make women’s rights and equality a reality. Included is a series of case studies from all over... More »

4 Lessons From Mom

4 Lessons From Mom

Happy Mother’s Day! Yesterday I was able to watch my oldest daughter walk across the stage and receive her college degree. As she crossed the podium, I turned to my wife to share in the moment and noticed that her intent stare contained even more emotion than mine. In that moment, I saw my wife’s... More »

My Mom's Favorite Color

My Mom's Favorite Color

My mom and my sister when she was a kid My mom’s favorite color was old rose. The muted shade of pink that mellows that flashy color often associated with young, carefree girls. You see, though my mom was far from being old at the time of her death, she was well aware that she... More »

Must-See: Ciara’s ‘I Got You’ Video Pays Tribute To Motherhood and Her Son

<ess_youtube<[YOUTUBE-ID:BfmawjVHdKo]This weekend, Ciara is celebrating her first Mother’s Day with the release of a new video for the song “I Got You” off her recently released album, Jackie. She dedicates this sweet tune to her son, Future, 1, and the video is filled with touching footage of the two of them together. Plus, the video... More »

Michelle Obama: I Faced Certain Questions Because Of 'Fears And Misperceptions' Around My Race

Michelle Obama said on Saturday that she faced a unique set of questions when she was on the brink of becoming the nation’s first African-American first lady during her husband’s presidential campaign. While Obama said that she was subject to questions that could be expected of the spouses of many candidates, she added that she... More »

If Momma Ain’t Happy, Ain’t Nobody Happy

If Momma Ain’t Happy, Ain’t Nobody Happy

Submitted by Ann Sung Ruckstuhl | Chief Marketing Officer, SOASTA Mother’s Day is a holiday loaded with antic-appointment – that is the anticipation of something great and the expectation that things won’t turn out like you want. SOASTA teamed up with the Harris Poll and surveyed moms across America and discovered that 40 percent of US... More »

ALL Moms Are Leading Women

ALL Moms Are Leading Women

A Mother’s Day Celebration of the Leadership Traits We Naturally PossessIf you’re a mom, your kids have done more than steal your heart, make you laugh, and (occasionally) drive you crazy. They’ve also brought out your inner leader. Just in time for Mother’s Day, Dr. Nancy D. O’Reilly looks at seven leadership traits moms possess... More »

Meet Woman in Business AMY OESTREICHER

Meet Woman in Business AMY OESTREICHER

Meet The WE Magazine for Women, Woman in Business AMY OESTREICHER, FOUNDER – Gutless & Grateful Tell us about your business. I am an artist, performer, musician, foodie, creator, and life-lover on a beautiful detour after at age 18, a sudden blood clot caused me to fall into a coma for months. Piecing together my life after... More »

Summer Business Travel: Packing to Keep Cool and Look Fabulous

I have always loved summer business travel. People are generally happier and more optimistic, and that often helps get business done more quickly. And you have a much larger range of business entertainment options, which help build relationships with customers and colleagues alike. The biggest challenge to summer business travel is packing for heat, humidity... More »

How ‘Dance Mom’ Holly Frazier Approaches Parenting in the Public Eye

Everyone knows that raising a child is one of the most difficult and rewarding experiences in life. However, raising children in the public eye while starring on a reality television show presents even greater challenges. Social media affords our audience the opportunity to express their judgment and criticism about all of our actions, including my... More »

10 Ways to Improve Your Mother-(Adult) Daughter Relationship

Over a year ago, we began blogging about our mother-daughter relationship through My Mother, My Daughter, My Friend (http://motherdaughterfriend.com). Now that we are both independent, adult women, we noticed a shift in the dynamics of our relationship that we wanted to explore. By writing about our issues from our unique perspectives, we revealed to each... More »

Ask Dr. Sherry: ‘I Like Him, But I Don’t Like His Baby Mama Situation!’

You’ve seen celebrity clinical psychologist Dr. Sherry Blake, author of The Single Married Woman: True Stories of Why Women Feel All Alone in Their Marriages, keep the Braxton sisters calm on the hit show Braxton Family Values. Now it’s your turn to sit in her chair…Dr. Sherry,I have recently gotten involved with someone I had a fling with... More »

FRLA Members Prepare for Mother’s Day, Most Popular Holiday to Dine-Out

FRLA Members Prepare for Mother’s Day, Most Popular Holiday to Dine-Out

– Nearly Half of Americans to Celebrate with Restaurant Meals on May 10 – Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) members are preparing for Mother’s Day, as it marks the most popular holiday to dine-out. According to the National Restaurant Association (NRA), nearly half of Americans will dine out or order restaurant takeout or delivery... More »

Complaint Claims University Where Student Was Killed Failed To Act On Relentless Yik Yak Threats

Complaint Claims University Where Student Was Killed Failed To Act On Relentless Yik Yak Threats

Editor’s note: This story contains graphic language that some readers may find disturbing. The University of Mary Washington’s campus in Fredericksburg, Virginia, was hit by a spate of violent threats against a feminist student group for months leading up to the alleged murder of a group member in April. Documents provided to The Huffington Post... More »

End Hyde and Make Abortion Accessible to All

In the first three months of 2015, state legislatures have introduced nearly 800 provisions related to reproductive health — more than 40 percent of which would restrict access to abortion. This dangerous trend is nothing new. Onerous regulation of abortion clinics, restrictions on abortion procedures, waiting periods, and the like are among the state restrictions... More »

Thanks, Mom, I Needed That

Thanks, Mom, I Needed That

Before we became parents, we had parents. I’d be lying if I said my mom and I had an easy relationship. It was often contentious, frustrating and hurtful. (As much for her, I’m sure, as it was for me.) But we also knew how to be good together. She’s been gone 20 years, and now... More »

The Dumpling Affair

The Dumpling Affair

As I held a jiggling pork dumpling in between my chopsticks, I thought, just a taste. I’ve been a vegetarian for most of my life, with a preference for greens and a strong aversion to burgers, steak, and anything involving meat. I swore I’d never want it, as the very idea disgusted me. ‘ Then... More »

23 Signs You Have A #ForeverYoung Mom

23 Signs You Have A #ForeverYoung Mom

My mom is a “young mom.” By the time she was my age, while most of her friends were graduating from college, starting new jobs or backpacking through Europe, she’d already had two kids. (Strangers would frequently mistake her as our “big sister.”) But my mom just wasn’t a young mom, she was (and still... More »

Every Day Is Mother's Day

Every Day Is Mother's Day

As the days of May begin to cruise by and we begin to lean on another Mother’s Day, I can’t help but reflect upon the impact my mom had and still has on my life. Even though she passed more than four years ago, there isn’t a day that goes by that my mom’s teachings,... More »

Original BtoB Content = Sales

Are you writing original, BtoB content specific to your target market? With so much content on the Internet today, it’s easy to “copy and paste” information just to post something and check that off of your “to do” list. But don’t do it! Sure. It’s easy, but you are missing out on a competitive advantage... More »

'Black-ish' Recap: 'Please Don't Ask, Please Don't Tell'

Homosexuality is a hot–button topic in the Black community.It’s also a topic most Black people prefer to avoid, according to Dre on Wednesday night’s hilarious and timely installment of black-ish, ticking off a list of taboo subjects which also included whether or not O.J. Simpson committed murder, the appropriate number of buttons on a suit... More »

Meet Woman in Business Dee Wood

Meet Woman in Business Dee Wood

Meet the WE Magazine for Women – Woman in Business, Dee Wood,  ItDoesTheJob.com Ltd. The Eco Store that Saves you More. Tell us about your business. My business is a department store online for products that save energy, money and time. I provide practical products and ideas to help people reduce their energy consumption. Brimming... More »

Meet Woman in Business Raquel Riley Thomas

Meet Woman in Business Raquel Riley Thomas

Raquel Riley Thomas, owner An Officer and Gentlewoman, LLC/Mrs. DC America Organization Tell us about your business The Mrs. DC America Pageant publicly recognizes beautiful married women, living and/or working within a 25-mile radius of Washington, DC, who have obtained personal, professional and community achievements. An official preliminary pageant to Mrs. America and Mrs. World, the... More »

Don't Fart in Front of Hot Paramedics

I thought I was dying. That’s the only excuse for my execrable behavior during The Incident. (“Execrable” being the operative keyword in this tale of bowels and gorgeous men.) I have IBS, which stands for Irresistible Beauty Syndrome (street-name Irritable Bowel Syndrome). The night before The Incident, my entire GI tract was in such pain... More »