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Articles from Vol. 45, No. 5, September

10 Things We're Talking About
HIGHER LEARNING1 When Baltimore native Katrina M. * Foster, 33, was appointed principal of -Henderson-Hopkins school in East Baltimore in 2012, she accepted the challenge with one group in mind-the students. "They are truly my clients," says Foster of...
Aja Brown's Master Plan
SURE, HER BELOVED COMPTON HAS GOTTEN A BAD RAP IN THE PAST, BUT THE NEW MAYOR IS WORKING TO REVAMP THE CITY DAY BY DAY bytamikad. malloryLast summer 32-year-old Aja Brown became the youngest mayor ever elected to serve Compton, California. For many,...
A Mother's Style Awakening
COLUMNIST MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY REALIZES THAT THOUGH HER DAUGHTER DEPENDS ON HER FOR MANY THINGS, FASHION ADVICE IS NOT ONE OF THEM. AND THAT'S OKAYBack-to-school shopping is one of my favorite tasks. It's the one time I'm able to indulge and live vicariously...
Beauty and the Beat
SHEILA E. COMES CLEAN ON HER LOVE AFFAIR WITH PRINCE AND A SECRET THAT NEARLY DESTROYED HERFor a long time, and well into my adult years, I was afraid of the dark," Sheila E. confesses at the start of The Beat of My Own Drum (Atria, $26). "I had to sleep...
Crop Stars
CELEB STYLIST JOHNNY WRIGHT CREATES THE SEASON'S COOLEST CUTSPAGEBOY: 2014 EDITIONWright modernizes *v this classic with supershort bangs. The Washington, D.C.based stylist (who gave Mrs. Obama her newsworthy bangs last year) suggests easing into this...
Fall's Finest Our Favorites of the Season Are
SEXY,COZY, COOL! ESSENCE BEAUTY&STYLE DIRECTOR PAMELA EDWARDSCHRISTIANI GIVES HER TAKE ON THE TRENDS-FULL-LENGTH KNITS, CUTOUTS, COLOR-BLOCK FURS, MIDI HEMLINES, GRAY TONES, OVER-THE-KNEE BOOTS AND MORE. THIS COVETABLE MIX OF WEARABLE AND INSPIRATIONAL...
Horoscope
VirgoAugust 23 to September 22OVERVIEW You could be the catch of the day if not for your hypercritical approach. Work for you is like therapy because that is where you thrive. Meeting people in a controlled setting, such as on the job, at church or through...
How I'm Beating Lupus
THIS AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE THREATENED TO DERAIL MELISSA GLANTON'S PLANS, BUT SHE IS DETERMINED TO LIVE HER LIFE TO THE FULLESTI was 27 years old when I was first diagnosed with lupus. It was 2010. and I was with friends enjoying a girls' night out when...
How to Be the Parent at the Head of the Class
5 WAYS TO HELP YOUR CHILD GET THE MOST OUT OF THIS SCHOOL YEAR byylondagaultcavinessV our child is ready for school, but what about you? Research shows that kids whose parents are involved in their children's learning are high performers.Too busy? Even...
How to End the School-to-Prison Pipeline
ACTIVIST JUDITH BROWNE DIANIS WANTS US TO RAISE OUR VOICES AGAINST THE CRIMINALIZATION OF OUR CHILDREN IN SCHOOLSI can still hear her screams from the television news report. In 2005. Ja'eisha Scott, just 5 years old at the time, had been sent to the...
In-Box
Our colorful July 2014 Issue made a double impact on readers, with our split all-female and all-male covers featuring the stars of this summer's hit comedy Think Like a Man Too.COVER TALKBlack is what? Beautiful! The ladies of Think Like a Man Too ["Reunited......
Jill's Journey
HER STYLE, HER NEW MAN, HER CAREER: ALL AREAS, ACTRESS JILL SCOTT WANTS YOU TO KNOW SHE'S PLAYING BY HER OWN RULESJill Scott sweeps into her favorite New York City boutique one balmy Saturday, eyes twinkling and gum popping, wearing a coffee-and-cream...
Make Your Money Last a Lifetime
TO ENSURE A RETIREMENT THAT IS RICH IN FINANCIAL SECURITY, IT'S TIME TO LOOK BEYOND YOUR 401(K) PLANInvesting in an employer's 401(k) program has been touted for years as the best way to reach our retirement goals. While it's still good advice, it likely...
Managing the 24-Hour Workday
DEMANDING CAREERS OFTEN GO BEYOND 9-TO-5. HERE'S HOW TO UNPLUG WITHOUT LOSING TOUCHA 2014 Gallup survey reveals what many of us already know: Checking work e-mail during your off-hours adds significantly to your stress level. It can also hurt your overall...
Nude Awakening
TAKE A BREAK FROM BRIGHTS WITH CELEBRITY MAKEUP ARTIST NICK BAROSE'S GUIDE TO NAILING A NEUTRAL LOOKSHIMMER & SHINEGOLDEN EYES"Lighter metallic shadows with a little bit of warmth are more flattering on darker skin tones than pure pearlescent or...
Selfie Nation
THE DEEP PSYCHOLOGY BEHIND THE SIMPLE SNAPSHOT'I he hint of a smile, a little eye smolder and...snap! Many of us have taken a selfie or two, and whether you've posted the results on Instagram, e-mailed them to a friend or took one look and hit "delete,"...
Something to Talk About
EXPECT SOCIAL MEDIA TO BE ALL ABUZZ OVER THESE FIVE JUICY, CANDID READS TAKING ON EVERY TOPIC UNDER THE SUNBLOW BY BLOWNew York Times readers can rely on columnist Charles M. Blow to shine a light on those parts of our society that remain unseen. In...
Suite Life
When The Talk cohost Aisha Tyler stumbled upon the work space of her dreams, she rediscovered her inner interior decoratorWith her jamf f daily ? ? schedule. Aisha Tyler often finds herself in need of a place to unwind, recharge and get her creativity...
The Baby Rain Check
For a growing number of women, freezing their eggs has given them a chance to hit the snooze button on their biological clocks and gain extra time to start a family. One woman shares how she extended her fertility and reclaimed her powerGrowing up her...
The Latest Assault on YOUR VOTING RIGHTS
Rosanell Eaton was born on her family's farm in Louisburg, North Carolina, on April 14,1922. As soon as she became eligible, she asked her mother to take her to the county courthouse so she could register to vote. "There were three men sitting there."...
The New Front Row
ONE WOMAN CONTEMPLATES HOW SOCIAL MEDIA HAS DEMOCRATIZED THE ONCE EXCLUSIVE FASHION INDUSTRY bysimones.OliverMy grandmother is 91 and knows what "The Facebook" is. My mother joined Linkedln and updates her professional profile frequently. My stepdaughter...
The Relationship Roller Coaster
MANY OF US HAVE HAD A MIX OF WONDERFUL AND WTH? MOMENTS ON OUR QUEST FOR LASTING LOVE. A FEW BRAVE WOMEN SHARE THE MOST COMMON (AND SOMETIMES CRAZY!) HIGHS AND LOWS ALONG THE RIDE. BUCKLE UP...1 GIVING ONLINE DATING A TRY"At the start of 2014 I decided...
Three Steps to Help You Embrace the Now
STEP 1DEFINE YOUR PRIME TIME.If you don't know what your golden age is. how will you know when you're in it? Make it visual, measurable and attainable. Create a vision board or paint a picture with your words by writing a vivid, specific goal. Then identify...
You Are a Designer Original
I have always enjoyed dressing up. (See my gleeful grin in this month's photo for proof!) It's one ^ of my favorite forms of selfexpression-clothes allow you to morph based on your mood or the occasion. Having started my career at ESSENCE more than a...
Your Prime Time Is Now
' YOU LANDED THAT PROMOTION, CONQUERED A MOUNTAIN OF DEBT OR FINALLY -ÜS.. GOT HIM TO PUT A RING ON IT. BUT IS THAT ALL THERE IS? HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN YOU'VE "ARRIVED"? BEST-SELLING AUTHOR AND LIFE COACH VALORIE BURTON SHOWS YOU HOW TO STOP YOUR EXPECTATIONS...
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