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Articles from Vol. 44, No. 5, September

10 Reasons Why Black Women Will Rule on TV This Fall
From newbies to comeback queens, watch these leading ladies conquer the small screen...BECAUSE THE QUEEN IS RETURNING TO DAYTIMEIs there anything Queen Latifah cannot do? Hip-hop icon. Cabaret singer. Top-billed movie star. Latifah channels all her talents...
10 Things We're Talking About
1 STRAIGHT OUTTA COHPTONKendrick Lamar isn't the only one trying to put the home of N.W.A and John Singleton's Boyz ? the Hood back on the map. Aja Brown is Compton's new mayor and she says her city is officially "open for business." After two years...
5 QUESTIONS FOR TERRY McMILLAN
Here's the thing that happens when you're reading a Terry McMillan novel: You're almost always pulled in from the beginning with the "voice." For many of us it will always remain Mildred Peacock, the Ma'Dear of Mama (Viking), McMillan's first novel....
Coming Clean
Wine was her great escape until asha bandele found a new road to calmI didn't start drinking alcohol until after college, and even then, I'd have little more than an occasional fruity cocktail with friends. But by my mid-thirties, things changed. Separated...
Cultivating the Art of Stillness
How I learned to keep calm by not carrying on by sharon booneLike most Black women, I am really good at doing a lot of things at the same time. I wield my talents like a ninja, slicing and dicing through an evergjrowing to-do list. But lately l|te cost...
Fall Equinox
Check out these WONDER-FALL trendsfor the season at a range of high and low pricesColor BlockingFar left: Leather shirt, Tracy Reese, $498, NYC, 212-8070505. Turtleneck, American Apparel, $32, american apparel.net. Skirt, Lauren Ralph Lauren, $109, ralphlauren.com....
Fall Must-Haves
Some of our fave tastemakers chime in on what you shouldn't go without this seasonFOR THE INDIVIDUALISTKÉLA WALKER kelaskloset.com ? like the versatility of these pieces. It's all about having an effortlessly stylish and transitional wardrobe "Necklace,...
Get Glowing Skin
IN YOUR 20s,30s,40s, AND BEYONDFindinq a foundation that suits your needs is key to creatina an age-defying complexion BY MARCIA CASTERNo matter the number of birthday candles you blow out this year, you can have a \ ' . beautiful complexion. Identifying...
Girls Behind Bars
A new report finds abused girls are at risk of being sent to prison. Malika Saada Saar of The Human Rights Project for Girls explains whyot long ago, I met Denise*, a young woman who told me her uncle had repeatedly raped her from the time she was 8....
Horoscope
Virgo August 23 to September 22OVERVIEW You're a hardworking, systematic and dedicated team player. Overanalyzing can be your downfall, so go with the flow. Once your guard is down, you are a fun-loving person. Virgos often embrace accounting and community...
How I'm Beating Sickle-Cell Disease
I laving sickle-cell disease puis me at higher risk of getting dangerous injections, bouts of pain and stroke. But by learning how to manage my triggers, I am able to live my life fullyi have to admit that when I was younger I was embarrassed to tell...
In Box
In our July 2013 issue, readers reveled In the self-love and posltivity shown by cover girl Serena Williams, who invited us to love our physiques, as well as comeback queen Indla.Arie.BODY BEAUTIFULI enjoyed "Game On!" The best part is that Serena knows...
In Full Bloom
ienior Beauty Editor Tasha Turner talks to Halle Berry about her newest fragrance, Exotic JasmineQCongratulations on your sixth fragrance! What inspired you to create this scent?AI was walking through my garden one night and all of a sudden the smell...
Leaders of the New School
THESE RISING STARS ARE ENERGIZING THE FASHION SCENE WITH THEIR INNOVATIVE·STYLES AND UNDENIABLE TALENTAZEDE JEAN-PIERREAfter honing her skills at Ralph Rucci and Ohne Titel, Jean-Pierre decided to launch her own namesake line in 2012, which is clean...
Mastering the Techniques
A how-to guide to the four essential cooking methods that can help even the most unseasoned cook turn out recipes like a proFor the latest installment of ESSENCE'S Cooking School, we've enlisted chef Jamika Pessoa, Next Food Network Star alum and field...
My Cancer, Our Lives
In this diary of a wife's breast cancer ordeal a couple share how their different ways of dealing with the challenge made for real triumphI Think I Feel Something[HEATHER] I ran my middle finger over it again. I touched it once but didn't really want...
No, You're Not Imagining It
WE GROW UP UNDERSTANDING THAT IN EVERY AREA-FROM JOBS TO EDUCATION TO HOUSING TO HEALTH CARE-OUR CLIMB IS MADE HARDER BY THE NATION'S DEEP-SEATED BIAS AGAINST AFRICAN-AMERICANS. BUT HOW DO WE CONFRONT AND CHANGE THOSE ATTITUDES WHEN MUCH OF THE BIAS...
Positive Brothers
Four of the best books this fall are written by Black male authorsTO SERVE WITH LOVEIn his 2008 article "A Butler Well Served by This Election," Washington Post writer Wil Haygood offered a reverent homage to Eugene Allen, who worked his way from the...
Simple Chic
Simplicity scored at thi fall's runway shows. Top designers like Nicole Miller, Chanel anc Burberry made fashion-forward look eas and achievable. Check out the latest ready-to-wear styles we're loving right now-heavy bangs, deep side parts and a sexy...
Smart Ways to Spend Your Cash Right Now
Our personal finance guru, Tanlsha A. Sykes, shares how small investments can pay off big. Here's what you can do with the following:$5 GRAB A CUP OF COFFEE WITH AN EXECUTIVE How else can you build a meaningful relationship with a senior-level player...
Special Effects
NAILS ARE STARRING IN HYPERTEXTURES AND UNEXPECTED HUES THIS SEASON. DO TRY THIS AT HOME!The roar for surreal finishes began on the runway at Céline with those infamous mink pumps and Birkenstocks in Technicolor. Now the nail industry is buzzing about...
Stop the Profiling
In the wake of the not guilty verdict for Trayvon Martin's killer, NAACP president and CEO Ben Jealous says the fight isn't overThe night that George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the murder of Trayvon Martin, I was with my wife, Lia, and our two...
Taking Flight
The wait is over! Who Asked You? (Viking, $27.95), TERRY MCMILLAN'S ninth novel, pulls no punches about family, love, race and the ties that bind and liberate us. In this exclusive excerpt, we meet opinionated (it is a McMillan novel, right?) matriarch...
The X Factor
After releasing her most soulbaring album to date and snagging a judges chair on the American version of the reality compel ilion show The X Fnc lor. Kelly! lowland is triumphantly at the lop of her gameYou'd never know it was a sunny afternoon: inside...
When Three's a Crowd
From friends and family to coworkers, here's how to prevent those nosy third parties from bursting your love bubble by charreah k. jacksonIt felt like The Green Mile. My smile was fake and my dread was real as I walked to the back of a Harlem café. Would...
Why the Housing Come Back's Good for You
WITH HOUSING PRICES INCREASING BY 12 PERCENT OVER THE PAST YEAR, IT'S THE PERFECT TIME TO GET AHEAD OF THE REBOUNDToday's real estate market is both a buyer's and seller's market, depending on where you live and what you can afford. That's good news...
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