September 20, 2018

Meredith had Cristina. Hannah had Marnie. And Issa, the lead character on HBO’s Insecure, has Molly, played by Yvonne Orji. While both Issa (played by Insecurecreator Issa Rae) and Molly have had a bevy of male love interests—and while many a scene has been stolen by t...

September 19, 2018

Nicole Byer’s voice has been in my head for years. First on MTV’s Girl Code, where the comedian dished out hilarious, unfiltered advice about dating. Then on the based-on-her-real-life TV show Loosely, Exactly Nicole and podcast Why Won’t You Date Me? about perpetual s...

August 11, 2018

In a series of videos uploaded to Twitter in late June, Michaela Coel sits in her bedroom amid a sea of wigs, hair creams, wig stands and preening products. She picks them up, wig after wig, bottle after bottle, and throws them with force into a black bin liner. She is...

July 27, 2018

In five seasons of “Orange Is the New Black,” Suzanne Warren, a.k.a. Crazy Eyes, has rarely minced words, spewing unvarnished reality checks at her fellow Litchfield Penitentiary inmates.

“What I learned very early is that Suzanne is truth staring back at you,” sai...

The second season of the Netflix hit Dear White People, a satirical show about race relations at a fictional Ivy League university, performed so well that the streaming giant quickly renewed the show for a third season. It also garnered early awards show buzz for some...

Janelle Monáe is the antithesis of her stage persona in interviews. She is an animated performer, akin to one of her musical heroes David Bowie.

However, Monáe, who will perform at a soldout concert July 23 at the Ritz, dials it down during thoughtful chats about her ca...

In a layered conversation about intersectionality and what’s next in continuing the fight for social change, activists Tarana Burke, Symone Sanders, Tamika Mallory and Luvvie Ajayi join ESSENCE Digital Content Director, Yolanda Sangweni, for the “I’m Woke. Now What?” p...

Tessa Thompson’s nails are not her own. They belong to Bianca, her singer-songwriter alter-ego in the film Creed II, she explains, as she waggles the extravagant, pink-polished talons at me from across the table. She wrapped filming on the follow-up to 2015’s Creed yes...

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. — Back in the early 1990s, I had a weekly appointment to watch the sitcom “Martin.” Though Fox repeatedly experimented with the day and time the show aired, as it sought to reach our newly coveted demographic of a “young urban audience,” my friends, a...

Years ago, writer-director Dee Rees (“Mudbound,” “Pariah”) had tried her hand at adapting author Philip K. Dick with “Martian Times.” Although the project never came together, she established a strong working relationship the sci-fi writer’s daughter, producer Isa Hack...

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