Essence Magazine

SINGER ROBIN THICKE SAYS THERE ARE GOOD BLACK MEN OUT THERE AND ADVISES BLACK WOMEN ‘TO TAKE BETTER CARE OF THEIR MEN’

When this Essence interview featuring blue-eyed soul singer Robin Thicke was brought to my attention earlier today (thanks Pinboard) I laughed out loud in the street. Robin is married to actress Paula Patton and because of this union Essence thought it would be a good idea to ask him the following question… ESSENCE: The media often tells Black women that they’re better off dating White guys. What’s your response to that? THICKE: I think that’s ridiculous. There are so many good Black men []

ESSENCE MAGAZINE (DECEMBER 2010 ISSUE) ‘FOR COLORED GIRLS’ CAST FRONT COVERS

The cast from the highly anticipated movie For Colored Girls (directed by Tyler Perry) all feature on the cover of Essence Magazine’s December issue. Thandie Newton, Kimberly Elise, Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose, Kerry Washington, Lorreta Divine, Janet Jackson, Tessa Thompson and Whoopi Goldberg. Richard Lawson, Hill Harper, Omari Hardwick, Tyler Perry, Khalil Kain, and Michael Ealy. Source –  Gossip Wrap Up! [Thanks Ronke]

ANGER AS ESSENCE MAGAZINE APPOINTS WHITE FASHION DIRECTOR

Via The Independent Ellianna Placas, who has been appointed fashion director at Essence, America’s largest magazine for African-American women, is white. The row has turned attention once more to the lack of racial variation within the fashion industry.  “I am so, so hurt and confused and frankly angry by this news,” said writer, stylist and former Essence fashion editor, Michaela Angela Davis, on Twitter earlier this week. “I feel like a girlfriend has died.” Davis’s comments have in turn prompted outcry and []

ESSENCE MAGAZINE IS LOOKING FOR THE NEXT ‘IT MODEL’

Essence Magazine is conducting a nationwide search for the new African-American “It” model. The winner–to be announced in May–will be featured in the September 2010 Fall Fashion issue of Essence and receive a one-year contract with Elite Model Management! Live castings will be conducted in Atlanta, Los Angeles and New York. An expert panel of judges comprised of Essence editors, Elite managers and fashion industry VIPs will attend each of the open castings to evaluate the entrants and 5 finalists will be flown to []