Lemme tell you something, ESSENCE Magazine. Why must I have to buy each of your issues TWICE? Why, I ask? Lawdt.
The magazine is celebrating it’s 45th anniversary with the May 2015 issue. The cover is the dopest, featuring Shonda Rhimes, Ava DuVernay, Mara Brock Akil, Issa Rae and Debbie Allen.
THIS COVER! I LIVE. Come on, beautiful Black people glowing in white! The level of awesome here is so off the charts that the charts called and Keith Sweat begged for it to chill so it can deal. So many of my baes are on here and I am not lying when I saw I became an offensive caricature when I saw this. I surely did yell “YESSSS BITCH YESSSSSSSSSS.” I’d be shamed if that wasn’t from my spirit. They look SO GOOD! Their glam squad snapped and I need Issa’s dress because I love dresses with texture.
Besides the fact that every single woman here looks like God took His sweet time on them, this cover rocks because Black Girls Rock. This cover is power and I stan for everyone on it! Bringing these five women together does one thing for me, especially: it affirms my own work. Is that selfish? Probably. HA!
We live in a world where the contributions of women are often rendered invisible, and the ones of Black women are erased. This is why I value Essence Magazine, because it’s a space where WE are. This visual with 5 women who’ve forced people to pay attention by being so damb good they couldn’t be ignored, gives me delight.
Each one of these women are bold and powerful in the way they use words to tell stories in a landscape where there’s such a dearth of representation of us. They’re griots who are working hard to make sure that we don’t drown in the whiteness of Hollywood. Their work isn’t tokenism, but multi-layered reflections of true diversity. From Issa’s Awkward Black Girl to Shonda’s ABC Thursday night takeover to Ava’s commitment to be unapologetically Black work to Debbie’s legendary status to Mara’s magic touch of creating classic TV.
But back to the pictures, doe. My girl is having a housewarming and she has informed us that we must all come dressed like this:
I wanna yell COME THROUGH but they already CAME, SAW and CONQUERED! You better give me resplendence and royalty game proper.
I just wanna take this moment to give honor to Miss Debbie Allen for giving fierce with this caftan. Lemme go to Joanne’s Fabric right quick and whip me up a banging silk body blanket so I can slay everyone. I don’t know if I can carry a caftan quiet yet. It’s like how I’m not sure I can rock pearls because I feel like these kinds of things are for women who have a strong retirement plan and a home in the Hamptons. I’m not sure I’m ready.
But yes. This just made me day and I cannot wait to get my hands on the issue (it’s on newstands on April 17). Kudos to ESSENCE Magazine for continuing to affirm Black girlhood, womanhood, and awesomeness.