Black History Month: A Salute to Madame C.J. Walker

Madam C.J. Walker was born Sarah Breedlove on December 23, 1867, on a cotton plantation near Delta, Louisiana. Her parents, Owen and Minerva, were recently freed slaves, and Sarah, who was their fifth child, was the first in her family to be free-born. Minerva Breedlove died in 1874 and Owen passed away the following year, …

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Black History Month: A Salute to Lena Horne

  Actress, singer, dancer, pin-up, and Civil Rights activist Lena Mary Calhoun Horne was born on June 30, 1917, in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of a banker and an actress. Her parents divorced when she was 3, and because her mother traveled as part of various theater troupes, Horne alternately accompanied her on the road …

Jennifer Hudson on Being Fine & Fearless; “I Know Who I Am & I Got This”

  Gracing the cover of the January 2014 issue of ESSENCE magazine was none other than the positively fierce Jennifer Hudson. Inside, she talked about it all -- from her successes, to her love life, to maintaining her faith. ON HER SUCCESSES: Since busting onto the scene back in 2004 on as a finalist on …

Viola Davis Covers Essence Magazine; Says ‘I Took Off My Wig Because I No Longer Wanted To Apologize For Who I Am’

Oscar-nominated actress Viola Davis covers the October issue of Essence magazine, on stands now, and she looks absolutely stunning! First off, let me just say that I am loving the fact the she is on Essence's cover with her natural hair! As a fellow naturalista, that makes me proud. It is small progress like this …

Kelly Rowland on Having The ‘X’ Factor; “I Had to Learn My Strength”

For the September 2013 issue of Essence magazine, the beautiful Kelly Rowland was the cover girl and the only thing better than her being on the cover, was the story on the inside of the magazine. Inside of the issue, Kelly talked about everything from her latest album Talk A Good Game to her judging gig …

The Confident Woman Devotional – The Prayer of Consecration (pt.12)

The Prayer of Consecration (Last Tuesday's Devotional) In the prayer of consecration, we dedicate our lives and all that we are to Him. In order for God to use us, we must consecrate ourselves to Him. When we truly consecrate ourselves to the Lord, we lose the burden of trying to run our own lives. I …