News from essence magazine A wide array of domestic and global news stories; news topics include politics / government, business, technology, religion, sports/entertainment, science/nature, and health/lifestyle. Articles that appear in this section may be written in English or other languages, as well.

Aug 27, 2014, 17:03 ET

Essence First-Ever Street Style Block Party & Awards Celebrates Real Women With Great Style During New York Fashion Week

 ESSENCE today announced its first-ever Street Style Block Party & Awards; celebrating real women with great style during New York Fashion...

Aug 22, 2014, 13:11 ET

New Orleans, Louisiana Remains Home of the ESSENCE Festival™

 Today, ESSENCE Communications President Michelle Ebanks announced an extended agreement with the State of Louisiana and the City of New...

Jul 10, 2014, 13:24 ET

20th Anniversary ESSENCE Festival Largest Ever With More Than 550,000 Attendees

 The 20th annual ESSENCE Festival attracted a record-breaking 550,000 attendees from around the world to New Orleans this Fourth of July...

Jul 03, 2014, 12:02 ET

Experience Front Row At The 20th Anniversary ESSENCE Festival

This Fourth of July weekend, the ESSENCE Festival's digital platforms – including Essence.com and Essence's YouTube and Google+ channels...

Feb 21, 2014, 15:44 ET

Stefani Saintonge Named as Winner of ESSENCE's Black Women in Hollywood Short Film Contest

ESSENCE, the #1 media brand for African-American women, has named Stefani Saintonge as the winner of its first The Essence Black Women in...

Feb 10, 2014, 10:30 ET

ESSENCE And Tyler Perry Honor Outstanding Accomplishments In Cinema With A Special Celebration Of Black Men In Hollywood

 ESSENCE, the number one media brand aimed at African-American women, today unveiled plans to join forces with award-winning producer,...

Dec 05, 2013, 20:33 ET

Statement from ESSENCE Magazine Editor-in-Chief on the Passing of Nelson Mandela:

  "Our hearts are heavy with the news of Nelson Mandela's passing. The life of Nelson Mandela is a singular example of devotion and dignity in...

Jul 16, 2013, 14:44 ET

ESSENCE Magazine Launches Special Social Media Campaign #HeIsNotASuspect in Response to the George Zimmerman Verdict

 ESSENCE, the preeminent lifestyle magazine for African-American women, is launching #HeIsNotASuspect, a powerful social media campaign and...

Jul 08, 2013, 15:23 ET

Over 540,000 Attendees Descend Upon New Orleans Over Fourth Of July Weekend For Largest Ever ESSENCE Festival

 Over 540,000 attendees from around the globe descended upon New Orleans this Fourth of July weekend for the 19th annual ESSENCE Festival,...

Jun 17, 2013, 12:30 ET

19th Annual ESSENCE Festival Will Host Some Of The World's Top Brands And Deliver A Jammed-Packed Weekend Of Interactive Fan Experiences And Excitement

 There are only three weeks to go until the nation's largest African American gathering of music and culture converges upon the city of...

May 13, 2013, 09:00 ET

The 2013 ESSENCE Festival: July 4-7, New Orleans, LA

 The ESSENCE Empowerment Experience Stage, the core of the annual Essence Festival, will feature icons, newsmakers, national leaders,...

May 09, 2013, 13:03 ET

ESSENCE Features Exclusive Interview With Chirlane McCray In Its June Issue

ESSENCE's June issue features an exclusive interview with Chirlane McCray, wife of New York City Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio. In...

Jan 07, 2013, 13:25 ET

The Editors Of ESSENCE Present A Salute To Michelle Obama

All eyes have been on First Lady Michelle Obama since her husband, President Barack Obama, kicked off his first historic presidential campaign in...

Aug 09, 2012, 17:15 ET

Statement from ESSENCE Magazine Regarding Historic Gold Medal Victory for U.S. Female Boxing Champion Claressa Shields

Sharon Boone, Senior Editor, Health & Relationships, ESSENCE: "I am beyond thrilled by Claressa Shields' historic gold medal victory at the...

Jul 09, 2012, 19:19 ET

2012 ESSENCE Music Festival: Four Days Of Entertainment, Empowerment And Culture

 The 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival proved to be the place to be during Fourth of July weekend.  Attendees from around the world descended...

Jun 28, 2012, 11:19 ET

Chaka Khan And R&B Divas To Conclude 2012 ESSENCE MUSIC FESTIVAL With Special Memorial Performance On Sunday, July 8th: Dynamic Ensemble To Grace Stage After Aretha Franklin's Headlining Performance

Every year over 400,000 people from around the world descend upon New Orleans for the only music festival that offers not only scorching music...

May 11, 2012, 11:48 ET

ESSENCE Announces First Time Ever Free Block Party

ESSENCE will be taking over New Orleans and expanding its reach and programming by adding more free entertainment to the 18th annual ESSENCE Music...

May 10, 2012, 16:38 ET

ESSENCE Announces Its First Storybook Wedding Contest!

 The road to happily ever after starts right here as ESSENCE announces its first Storybook Wedding Contest! The preeminent lifestyle...