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These Awesome Black Women Bodied Their Essence Festival 2018 Looks

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The 2018 Essence Music Festival has finally come to an end and per usual the #BLACKGIRLMAGIC sprinkled all over the great city that is New Orleans, Louisiana. Every July, thousands of black women and men round up their posse and take a trip down south to New Orleans to enjoy great networking, shopping, music, food, drinks, events, and panels. The festival is curated especially for us by Essence, and it always feels like the ultimate black celebration of life, love, and success.

If you’ve ever attended the Essence Music Festival you are aware that it is always filled to the brim with smart, beautiful, talented, and successful women. Women of color from all over the world show up and show out with their natural beauty, aesthetic, and style. I mean, how else are we supposed to show up? That is what we do, we slay.

To nobodies surprise, this years festival was another one for the books. As I scrolled through social media this past weekend I began to get major Essence Music Festival FOMO. Every time I logged on I instantly started to crave Po’ boys and daiquiris. I also envisioned myself dancing and singing my ass off with my fellow beautiful black folks at Mary J. Bilge’s and Janet Jacksons epic performances. Lastly, I could not get over the super bomb outfits that were worked by the attendees. Festival goers did not disappoint when it came to showcasing their personal styles and personalities.

Issa Rae killed it in her mustard yellow jumpsuit and Yvonne Orji played no games in her gorgeous navy blue form-fitting dress at HBO’s Insecure Live Wine Down at Essence Festival event. Those ladies along with many others had our social media feed on fire, including the founder of Live Civil herself Karen Civilwho hosted a couple of events throughout the weekend.

Everyone looked absolutely stunning. Some of our favorite looks came from a couple of up and coming talents, hosts, producers, and social influencers. These awesome black women bodied their 2018 Essence Festival looks oh-so effortlessly. Get into their fits, get into their brands, and get inspired, check these #CivilChicks out below:

Dope & Darling w/ Christina Bright



Cozy & Cool w/ Reginae Carter



Turnt’ Up & Tribal w/ Danielle Young


Pretty & Pink w/ Noelle Bellingham



Modern & Memorable w/ Gia Peppers



Earthy & Everything w/ Makho Ndlovu



Metallic & Majestic w/Kéla Walker



The Cast Of “Girls Trip” Covers The 2017 Issue Of Essence

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Girls-only trips are very necessary. A time to sit back relax and enjoy feminine energy is exactly what some of us need when the world and men are driving us crazy! We get to let our hair down, express ourselves without judgment, and solve our life issues with our trusted girlfriends. Malcolm D’s new film is all about the ultimate Girls Trip.

The chick flick/comedy stars some of our favorite girls, Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, and Tiffany Haddish. The comedy follows the girls as they take a group trip to New Orleans for ESSENCE FESTIVAL.

If you have ever been to ESSENCE FEST with your girls you know it is a good and unexpected time filled with amazing energy and tons of black girl magic! The cast has the time of their lives from getting their hands on edibles to nightclubs to hitting Bourbon Street and making out with heartthrob Kofi Siriboe.

“Because of our history in this country and how we’ve been labeled, I think we, as Black women, tend to be a little hard on ourselves.“That feeling of always having to be on point has prevented us from being expansive in how we see ourselves and how we allow ourselves to be entertained, but I think we’re getting to a place where we’re afforded the opportunity to kind of cut loose and see all the wonderful colors of who we are. In this film we are flawed, funny, vulnerable and out of our minds! We go way over the top, just to remind people that it’s comedy.”  – Jada Pinkett-Smith told ESSENCE about letting go and having fun in the July 2017 issue.

Check out the beautiful cast in their cover photos below:

 Regina R. Robertson, ESSENCE’s West Cost editor notes, along with the numerous gut-busting bits and ridiculously sticky situations, the tender moments that round out Girls Trip prove that the bond of friendship is as important as its maintenance.
 “Even though this group of women gets too wild out together, they’ve also been holding on to some things that have made their friendship feel inauthentic. Having to put all that stuff on the table is a part of growing, which is true for any relationship.”” – Jada Pinkett-Smith

The Live Civil team heavily advise all of our ladies to go and check out Girls Trip which will be in theaters on July 21st, and if you’re interested in attending this year’s ESSENCE Festival single-night tickets and ticket packages are on sale now!

For more info and the latest news, visit their Festival page here.

Source: Essence.com

Essence Magazine Announces Their #BlackGirlMagic Class of 2016

We are only six days into 2016 and we already have tons of motivation to make this year great. Today Essence Magazine announced their  #BlackGirlMagic Class of 2016 honoring exceptional black women that are helping define what it means to be a powerful black woman in America.

Honoring Teyonah Parris,Yara Shahidi, and Johnetta Elzie, and many more, the February issue is the epitome of #BlackGirlMagic just in time for Black History Month.

The issue will hit stands January 8 for the world to experience. Stay tuned to Essence magazine’s social media to be the first to receive more details about this powerful boss girl issue!
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#ItsYourYear ! Lupita Nyong’o Kicks off 2016 Gracing the Cover of Essence Magazine

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Lupita Nyong’o is the cover star for Essence Magazine’s first issue of 2016. The melanin goddess and talented actress shared that this is her first Essence Magazine cover and she is thrilled.

For the cover story the Kenyan native expressed how she entered an industry that didn’t reflect individuals that looked like her.

“”I didn’t grow up seeing African women onstage very often, much less African women in African stories…”

While she is most known for her role in 12 Years a Slave, Nyong’o has been rather busy with Star Wars: The Force Awakens (premiering this month) and Eclipsed, an off-Broadway production.

Head over to Essence.com to read more about Nyong’o success and be sure to pick up your copy when it hits stands Dec. 4.

Taraji P. Henson Stuns On Cover of Essence Magazine

We can’t seem to get enough of Taraji P. Henson. She effortlessly slays on the cover of Essence Magazine’s November issue and it is total inspiration station.

The actress, famously known for her role as Cookie on Fox’s Empire graces the cover in a black Fausto Puglisi dress with head-turning slits. For the cover story she shares a little about her journey to becoming the award winning actress she is and how she has been able to find a healthy balance between work, family, and fun.

The November issue will hit stands Oct. 16 for the world to see.

Misty Copeland Slays On The Cover of Essence Magazine’s September Issue

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This is total inspiration and beauty overload! Misty Copland, the history making, stage slaying, beauty radiating ballerina graces the cover of Essence Magazine‘s September issue and we almost can’t take it.

With such style and grace, Copeland talks about her journey to beating the odds and offers some advice on how you can do the same. How can you not love her!

Just last month Copeland made history when she made history by becoming the first African-American woman to be named a principal in the 75-year history of American Ballet Theater. Weeks later is was also revealed that her documentary, “A Ballerina’s Tale” is set to hit theaters later this year.

Misty Copeland is on a roll this year and she doesn’t seem to be stopping any time soon. Be sure to grab your copy of the magazine when it hits stands August 14.

Essence Magazine is Searching For College Ambassadors

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The beloved Essence Magazine is searching for College Ambassadors and they want to know if you have what it takes. They are looking for game changers, move makers, and brand builders to represent Essence magazine on three campuses.

Applicants must attend a 4-year College/University located in Michigan, Georgia, Virginia, Texas, Florida, North Carolina, Washington D.C., Maryland, or Louisiana (ONLY). And yes, guys can apply too!

The application deadline for the program is August 18 at 5 p.m. Click here for more information and to actually apply.

College Ambassador


Erykah Badu Graces ‘Essence’ First Global Issue

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There’s nothing more beautiful than a woman who embraces her roots. Clearly Essence magazine felt the same when they asked Erykah Badu to be the cover for their first global issue.

The multi-talented beauty was in her natural element for the shoot in Tanzania and Kenya. The theme of the abandoned soulful songstress on a beach sporting nothing but tribalistic patterns and shapes, complimented her effortless versatility. From a kinky curly afro to her infamous top hat, Ms. Badu was serving the Essence camera. Even a collar full of feathers couldn’t take your eyes off the confident woman looking like a queen in her own right.

The focus wasn’t all fashion and beauty that day. Erykah dove deep into discussion when explaining her various roles as an artist, doula, and herbal practitioner.



The issue came out July 10th, so hurry and get your copy today!

Essence Dedicates February Issue To #BlackLivesMatter Movement

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A picture is worth a thousand words and Essence Magazine has a lot to say!

For the first time since the magazine’s inception, there will not be a model or celebrity or athlete gracing their cover. Instead, their February 2015 cover will be entirely black with the words, “BLACK LIVES MATTER” in bold, capital letters.

A number of social justice influencers have contributed to this the issue as they cover topics about race, protests, crim, equality, and the social injustice that is plaguing our nation.

The magazine will be available January 8, 2015 on newsstands across the nation.

Essence Magazine Cover

Civil Living: The 20th Annual Essence Music Festival in New Orleans

Essence Festival Day Party Host

This past weekend, Essence Magazine hosted their  20th annual Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana. The three-day festival aims to celebrate African American culture and music with a variety of social events, concerts, networking opportunities, and even panel discussions. Karen Civil had the pleasure of hosting the Essence Day Party, which took place on July 4 at the House of Blues.

She was accompanied by celebrity DJs Biz Markie and Solange. In addition to hosting this day party, Ms. Civil had the opportunity to enjoy the many other events the festival had to offer. Below are some photos from the weekend.

Essence Mag Names New Editor-In-Chief Vanessa K. Bush + Host Google Hangout To Hear Your Thoughts

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Not long ago we reported on a controversy brewing within the upper ranks of Essence Magazine, as it had just been learned that former Editor-In-Chief, Constance White, had been removed from her position due to disagreements with Essence’s parent company, Time Warner, as to what the focus of the magazine should be. Well the announcement was made, officially, yesterday that the new successor is award winning journalist, author, editor and long-time member of the Essence family, Vanessa K. Bush.

Bush joined Essence back in 2003 as Beauty and Fashion Features Editor, and has since gone on to function in roles varying from Lifestyle Editor all the way up to acting Editor-In-Chief around February of this year. In a letter to the readers announcing her acceptance of the new position, Vanessa addresses the Constance White/Time Warner issue indirectly with the following quote:

…I make this promise to you: ESSENCE will always be the place where Black women come first. There’s nothing I’m more passionate about than bringing you the best, because you deserve nothing less.

She then goes on to invite you all to a Google Hangout hosted by Essence where she will be fielding all of your questions, comments concerns and suggestions in the lane of how Essence can better meet your needs. The event time and date is August 9, next Friday at 12p EST. If you can’t make it then, you can always drop me a note at Vanessa@essence.com. We don’t know where exactly this new leadership is going to go but we’re holding out hope that Vanessa is serious about taking Essence onward and upward but with the same powerful voice and focus that makes the magazine a staple in our community. Cheers Vanessa!

Essence’s Editor in Chief Fired Because She Didn’t Want to Take the Focus Off Black Women?!

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Former Editor in Chief for Essence Magazine, Constance White, was recently removed from her position for apparently not having the same vision as her superiors. Constance feels that the reason behind her abrupt dismissal was because she didn’t agree with the new approach her bosses at Time Warner Inc. we’re taking by wanting to remove Black women as the focus of the magazine.

Essence Magazine which has been in circulation for more than 40 years was initially Black owned, however in  2005 they were acquired by Time Inc. who then made White EIC in 2005. “Essence needs stability and the brand needs a leader with a vision,” stated White, “Black women are social leaders, culture leaders, we are aspirational and spiritual. Black women deserve the best. Essence is the last place where Black women should be demeaned and diminished.” As of yet Essence Magazine hasn’t made an official statement in regards to Constance White’s departure or who they’re considering for her replacement, but this does raise the question of what the new Essence Magazine will look like. Undoubtedly the new Editor-in-chief will be more malleable to the ideas of the powers that be at Essence, but how severely will that effect the look and voice of Essence Magazine? There aren’t any other mainstream publications in circulation that have been as effective at speaking for Black women as Essence Magazine nor are their any with their level of influence and impact on the Black community. I don’t imagine Essence Magazine turning into Home & Garden overnight, however I am concerned with what compromises will be made and what new messages will be sent using the Essence platform and how the reading audience will react/be affected. Are any of you Essence subscribers/frequent readers, how do you feel about this news of Constance White’s release?