Black History Month: A Salute to Shirley Chisholm

Born in Brooklyn, New York, on November 30, 1924, Shirley Chisholm is best known for becoming the first black congresswoman (1968), representing New York State in the U.S. House of Representatives for seven terms. She went on to run for the 1972 Democratic nomination for the presidency—becoming the first major-party African-American candidate to do so. …

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Black History Month: A Salute to Etta James

Jamesetta Hawkins, more famously known as Etta James, was born January 25, 1938, in Los Angeles, California, to a 14-year-old mother, Dorothy Hawkins, who encouraged her daughter's singing career. James would later say, "My mother always told me, even if a song has been done a thousand times, you can still bring something of your own …

Black History Month 2015: Salute to Coretta Scott King

Coretta Scott King,  most famously known as the wife of Martin Luther King, Jr., was born April 27, 1927 in Marion,  Alabama. King was an American author, activist and civil rights leader. She helped to lead the African-American Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. King shared many ideals and goals with her husband and was …

Black History Month 2015: Salute to Susan L. Taylor

Meet Susan L. Taylor. Born January 23, 1946 in Harlem, Ms. Taylor is an African-American editor, writer and journalist. Taylor is most likely best known for her work with Essence Magazine, where she served as editor-in-chief from 1981-2000. Taylor started her career at Essence in 1970, the year the magazine was founded. Her first position …

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 …