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Shondaland covers October 2015 Essence Magazine

I meant to post this a couple of weeks ago but didn’t have time until now.  Anyway the wonderful world of Shondaland covers the October 2015 issue of Essence Magazine.  There are six different covers for the October 2015 issue so of course I created a collage for all six.

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You can also read the Essence article below. Click on the picture if the print is too small for you to read.

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Jussie Smollett covers the June 2015 issue of Essence Magazine

Jussie Smollett covers the June 2015 issue of Essence Magazine.  Well according to Essence there are four covers on sale.  I’m just hoping to get the Jussie cover in my mailbox.

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Jussie looks good with the beard. Looking good Jussie Smollett 🙂

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Jussie, Trai and Bryshere, aka Yazz all look good but you know I’m partial to Jussie.

Rest assured, Jussie Smollett is not interested in jeopardizing his chances of appearing in the second season of Empire. As a result, he won’t spill on the show’s forthcoming sophomore season, only teasing that it “will make season 1 look like The Brady Bunch.”

In a new interview with Essence magazine, Smollett, 32, opened up about how Empire has changed his life – including making him a potential inspiration for young people considering coming out of the closet. “If I can help someone else feel less alone, no matter what they’re going through, I’m happy to have that opportunity,” he said.

When Smollett spoke openly about his sexuality with Ellen DeGeneres in March, however, it wasn’t a game changer for him, as he’d never considered himself in the closet.

“The sun rose the next day, the clouds were out and I was still able to go to Whole Foods,” he said. “And my mother said, ‘Hey, baby,’ like she always does. Nothing changed.”

The older brother to Friday Night Lights and Parenthood actress Jurnee Smollett, he credits his sister Jazz with helping him land the role by giving him a heads-up that the character of Jamal Lyons was being cast.

“I jumped on Instagram and direct-messaged Lee [Daniels] and said, ‘Sir, I know you get this all the time, but I’m a singer, actor, dancer, songwriter and musician. I am Jamal Lyon in more ways than one,’ ” Smollett told the magazine.

“We connect on so many levels,” Smollett said of the many creative, professional and familial parallels he sees between himself and his Empire character. “I know we would absolutely be best friends.”

Essence Magazine May 2015

The May 2015 issue of Essence Magazine features 5 trail blazing women from the entertainment field on it’s cover.  All five ladies look fantastic.

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Essence magazine is marking a big milestone in May — and to honor the event, they’ve dedicated the cover of their upcoming issue to five well-deserving badass women.

The publication aimed at uplifting the voices of African-American women will soon hit their 45th anniversary and in celebrating their legacy, the magazine is featuring five female trailblazers who carry on their same mission.

Shonda Rhimes, Mara Brock Akil, Issa Rae, Debbie Allen and Ava DuVernay grace the cover of the upcoming May issue, which pays tribute to these iconic women and their contributions to television, film and the web.

Each of these women has created powerful narratives that have helped to boost the representation of black women in media — and because of this, Essence is rightfully recognizing, and validating, their amazing work.

The May issue of Essence is expected to hit newsstands on Friday, April 17.

Michelle Obama and mom

First Lady Michelle Obama and her mom Marian Robinson grace the cover of the May 2009 issue of Essence Magazine.   I received my copy in the mail today.

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The first lady and first grandma look great.

A Mother’s Love: First Lady & Mom Cover May 2009 Issue of ESSENCE

In their first interview together, First Lady Michelle Obama and her mother, Marian Robinson, sit down in the White House to speak exclusively to ESSENCE Editor-in-Chief Angela Burt-Murray about retaining their family values, what it takes to raise good kids, and being role models for the Black community. Read on for excerpts from the interview.

Mrs. Michelle Obama on what being First Lady means to her:

It’s an honor and a privilege when you walk into the White House-at least I automatically felt a level of obligation. This is a big responsibility, a wonderful platform and I just want to make sure I take every advantage to serve as a role model, to provide good messages, to be a supportive mate to the President and to make sure that my girls are solid.”

Mrs. Marian Robinson on seeing her daughter step into this historic role:

“Well, to me, it’s overwhelming. I never doubted that she could do this. She is doing it with such grace and dignity. So I am just proud. I just hope she does what she wants to do. [Chuckles] Because the things that she wants to do are very important. They mean a lot to her.”

Mrs. Michelle Obama on finding balance:

“Unlike most women, I have a lot of resources: I have my mother living with me. The White House has a staff of people who are there to make my life easy. I don’t have a full-time job, although I work very hard in the role of First Lady. But I have a lot of resources. So I have been able to achieve the balance because I have the support I need.”

Mrs. Robinson on what her late husband, Fraser Robinson III, would say about this moment:

“You would not be able to shut him up! He would not be able to stand this. He would be beaming until you would just want him to stop talking. He bragged about Michelle and her brother, Craig, before they had even done anything. He always encouraged them, and when he talked about Craig and Michelle, you could just see a smile on his face whether it was there or not. He just enjoyed these two people.”

You can read the entire interview by picking up the May 2009 issue of Essence Magazine at any bookstore, newstand or grocery store.

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