Essence Promotes ‘Girls Trip’ Film with Five Covers


Girls Trip Cast Covers Essence Magazine

The ladies of the upcoming Will Packer-produced film, Girls Trip, are covering the July edition of Essence magazine. In addition to their group cover, each cast member, which includes Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish, and Jada Pinkett-Smith has a gorgeous solo cover as well.
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Erykah Badu for Essence Magazine

Erykah Badu Stuns in Latest Photoshoot for Essence

Essence magazine’s first ever Global Edition is being covered by the incomparable Erykah Badu.
The High Priestess of Neo-Soul was was photographed by South African photographer Warwick Saint, who took the singer back to the Motherland for stops in Kenya, Zanzibar, Tanzania and Nairobi.

Erykah was photographed at several famous locals, including the grounds of Giraffe Manor, the Serengeti National Park and the Residence Hotel in Kamikaze Beach.
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Nicole Beharie & Danai Gurira Cover Essence


“Sleepy Hollow” actress Nicole Beharie has landed what will hopefully be the first of many covers for Essence magazine.

Though I had hoped Nicole would grace the cover alone, she has instead been featured alongside another worthy cover star: Danai Gurira of “The Walking Dead,” Alfre Woodard, who has been featured on a solo cover in the past, and surprisingly, LaVerne Cox of “Orange is the New Black.”
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Tika Sumpter’s New Movie Role + Photo Shoot


Actress Tika Sumpter appears on the inside pages of next month’s issue of Essence magazine, posing for an eight page spread showcasing this season’s host denim looks.

Tika, presently riding high off of the success of “The Haves and Have Nots,” is gearing up to promote two new films, the James Brown biopic “Get on Up” and “My Man is a Loser,” which is set to be released in select theaters and On Demand July 25th.

Speaking on her various roles, Tika calls her bad girl character Candace Young on “The Haves and Have Nots” one of her favorite characters to play, calling her “unforgettable” and “a joy to bring to life.”
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Meagan & Devon Get Cutesy for Essence


The February edition of Essence magazine is out now; and while cover stars Steve and Marjorie Harvey have been getting all the attention, if you read the inside pages you will find a nice little photo shoot and interview with Anchorman 2 actress Meagan Good and her husband Devon Franklin.

The pair, who will celebrate their second anniversary in June, have been busy the last year carving out a career for themselves as new age marriage counselors.

Though still newlyweds, Meagan and DeVon have toured the Christian circuit dispensing dating advice and even have plans to pen a Christian-style relationship manual that among others things, will tackle the issue of celibacy while dating.
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Kerry Washington Covers Essence


With her hit show Scandal set to return to the airwaves tonight, what better time could there be for actress Kerry Washington to cover Essence magazine?

Kerry is gracing the November edition and looking super sultry in the process. I must give it to Miss Kerry, she really brought her a-game with this one.

Kerry’s cover was styled by June Ambrose, who decked her out in a gold Rafael Cennamo dress and if you look closely, you’ll see the gold-tipped nails to match.

Ambrose tweeted about the cover earlier today, saying she wanted to give Kerry a look she knew her famous character Olivia Pope would never go for.

The November issue is on newsstands now; don’t forget to pick up your copy.

Gabrielle and Dwyane Cover Essence

Along with covering the latest edition of WMB Magazine, actress Gabrielle Union will also be joining boyfriend Dwyane Wade on the cover of the February edition of Essence Magazine.

Gabrielle and Dwyane did some sexy posing for the inside photo shoot, which features the two canoodling in a poolside cabana.

According to the pair, they are in no rush to head down the aisle. “We’re not rushing it. Both of us have been married before, and we understand that if we choose to marry again, we want it to be right,” says the Miami Heat NBA star. “We both took failing at marriage hard. The next time it’s gotta be forever …”

Tika, Rutina & Naturi’s Glam Photo Shoot

Up and coming actresses Tika Sumpter (Gossip Girl), Rutina Wesley (True Blood), and Naturi Naughton (Playboy) are all featured in a 1970’s inspired photo shoot via the October issue of Essence Magazine.

The editorial was photographed by Tim Petersen, styled by Agnes Cammock and is meant to pay tribute to 1970’s TV sleuths such as ‘Get Christie Love.’