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  If you thought Marvel’s Black Panther was as lit as it was going to get….think again! The film already features a loaded cast, including Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyang’o, Michael B. Jordan, Danai Gurira, Forrest Whitaker and many more. Now, a major addition to the cast has been announced. …none other than the incomparable Angela Bassett! The actress, currently

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 25:  First lady Michelle Obama acknowledges the crowd before delivering remarks on the first day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Philadelphia, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Democratic National Convention kicked off July 25.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

2016. The final year of the first Black president and first Black First Lady in the White House. As we take a look back over the last eight years, the Obama Administration has accomplished a lot, and shaken some things up in order to move this country forward. But we can’t forget about the accomplishments

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This week, young track and field stars Tai, Rainn and Brooke Sheppard were announced as the recipients of the 2016 Sports Illustrated SportsKids Of The Year award for their athletic accomplishments and unwavering dedication in the face of extreme hardships. ESSENCE caught up with the young track stars and their proud mother Tonia Handy for a quick chat just as they were preparing

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As President Obama winds down his final days in office, he’s vowed to leave it all on the field and work right up until the end. One of his final acts in office includes honoring exceptional Americans with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is America’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals

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Throughout her career, Gwen broke both gender and race barriers and she also did what I admire most about her success — she was vigilant about reducing the barriers for the women following her. She never forgot her own struggles to be hired, to be respected and acknowledged, to be the first African-American woman in

Actress Octavia Spencer arrives on the red carpet for the 85th Annual Academy Awards on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO/FREDERIC J. BROWN        (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

Zero Gravity Management has optioned A’Lelia Bundles’ 2001 nonfiction book, On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker. Bundles is actually the great great granddaughter of Walker. According to Deadline, Octavia Spencer intends to star and produce a limited series based on Bundles’ biography. Nicole Asher will write the script. Kasi Lemmons has agreed to serve as the director. Here’s more from The

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In a great stride for representation Tuesday, nine black women were elected to become judges in majority Democratic Jefferson County, Alabama, The Birmingham Times reported. The black women who came out on top in the district and circuit courts, Javan Patton, Debra Bennett Winston, Shera Craig Grant, Nakita “Niki” Perryman Blocton, Tamara Harris Johnson, Elisabeth French, Agnes Chappell, Brendette Brown Green and Annetta Verin, are to be sworn