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Essence Communications Inc., the 48-year-old mutliplatform brand that owns Essence magazine and the annual Essence Festival, has gone back to black (ownership), having been acquired by Essence Ventures LLC, an independent African-American-owned company, Essence Ventures announced in a press release. Read more 

Angela Means has been a part of pop culture for the past two decades.  For people who were adults in the 1990s, she’s known for playing the role of Felicia in the cult classic “Friday.”  For the younger generation, her character lives on as the social media meme, “Bye Felicia.” … Read more »

Kima Jones is the founder of Jack Jones Literary Arts, a not-yet-3-year-old, three-person L.A.-based book publicity company whose clients are primarily women of color. Jones is a savvy media strategist and creative force, already counting a Pulitzer Prize winner (Tyehimba Jess’ poetry collection “Oilo”) among her campaigns. Read More

Billie Holiday has been dead for more than half a century, but she was scheduled to perform in Los Angeles on Wednesday night. The jazz singer is one of the headliners for the opening night of a new theatre which, even in a town with no shortage of options for… Read more »

It’s appropriate: Right when high-profile white Hollywood actresses and feminists are calling out predatory white men in the industry, igniting a major conversation about sexual harassment and male accountability, an empowered black woman character is speaking out against the street harassment and patriarchy she experiences each day — and she… Read more »