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Essence

Essence is a monthly lifestyle magazine covering fashion, beauty, entertainment, and culture, aimed at a female, African-American readership.

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Ashford & Simpson, Marvin Gaye: Entertainers: Ashford and Simpson

Interview by Vernon Gibbs, Essence, December 1973

"OH, I JUST love Marvin Gaye," Valerie Simpson says, bouncing up and down with all the enthusiasm of an avid fan. "He's such a beautiful ...

Willie Hutch, Van McCoy, Melba Moore, Wayne Shorter, War: Van McCoy and the Soul City Symphony: Hustling Up The Charts

Interview by Vernon Gibbs, Essence, 1975

EVEN THOUGH he has been writing, arranging and producing hit records since 1961, Van McCoy is still technically a newcomer. He is of that breed ...

The Isley Brothers: 3 + 3 = Super Success

Interview by Vernon Gibbs, Essence, May 1975

UNTIL 3+3, the career of the Isley Brothers had been marked by a strange pattern; after a tremendous hit record, the group would seemingly disappear ...

Solange's A Seat At the Table Is The Epitome of #Woke Music

Review by Miles Marshall Lewis, Essence, 3 October 2016

Solo comes with Nina Simone, 'Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair' levels of intra-cultural adoration all over A Seat at the Table. ...

Ayo: Nigerian-German Singer Ayo Didn't Go Into Music To Make Pop Hits And Is Unapologetic About It

Interview by Miles Marshall Lewis, Essence, 2 March 2018

ANYONE ATTEMPTING to prove the redemptive power of music needs to look no further than the Nigerian chanteuse, Ayo.  ...

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