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Get Like Me: Essence Editor and Boss Bride Founder Charreah Jackson

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The life of a magazine editor can seem like a constant swirl of glamour but behind every celebrity selfie and television appearance there is a ton of teamwork. We visited entrepreneur and Lifestyle & Relationships Editor Charreah Jackson at the Essence offices to talk about the power of relationships, the importance of pursing your passion, and never forgetting about the people you serve.

Name: Charreah Jackson

Location: Harlem, NY

Personal Style: “Retro. Romantic. Funk.”

Favorite Designer(s): DVF, Kate Spade and Laquan Smith.

Must-Have Accessories: A pop of color, bold earrings and a kiss.

What lead to the founding of BossBride.com?

During my course here as Relationships editor, I get so many relationship books and resources that come across my desk but I often felt like a lot of the information wasn’t necessarily tailored to today’s woman. Concerns are a little bit different than generations before because we have so many more professional opportunities as women today. But having a lot of choices can sometimes be overwhelming, there are a lot more things that are coming for our time. We dream bigger and better than generations before because we have unprecedented access to the life we want. So it’s a passion area for me and as a dating coach a lot of the women I work with are very successful professional women who are looking for that same level of success in their personal life and so that was who my niche was. I was thinking about what do you call her and boss bride came to me. I launched last year. 

Who is a Boss Bride to you?

A Boss Bride is a woman who merges the best skills of an effective leader with a woman on her wedding day. She is someone who is a great delegator, who is a team player, who is a visionary. She is a woman who is living in the moment, fully taking advantage of having the people she loves around her and who prioritizes her relationships. You can be single, you can be a divorcee, you can be married for fifteen years and still be a boss bride. It’s a mentality and approach to life that you’re really smart and particular about what’s important to you because you know that there’s a lot on your plate.


Charreah with the Vice President and BossBride Dr. Jill Biden the first Second Lady to hold a paying job while her husband is in office.

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Red Carpet Countdown: Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon 2015

black women in hollywood collageYesterday the 8th Annual ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon took place in Beverly Hills. Presented by Lincoln Motor Company, this luncheon celebrates the talented women of color in the movie and television industries. Our Editor-in-Chief, Christina, was there with all of the biggest black names in Hollywood to celebrate their accomplishments and even got to meet Oprah! In addition to their talents, these women are equally fabulous! Keep reading for our favorite looks from the event.

Related: Red Carpet Countdown: ESSENCE Black Women in Music 2015

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Cover Girls: Quvenzhané Wallis and Jamie Foxx For Essence Magazine

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As a child, I remember twirling around my house singing “Tomorrow” in my best Annie voice and pretending I was a mini Broadway star as the VHS (remember those?) played on my TV screen. I LOVED Annie. She had so much hope. She was so spunky and smart. She ended up being rich after enduring hardship. She also had the most beautiful head of red curly hair and I was obsessed. But, unfortunately she looked nothing like me. Annie was a girl I connected with and loved but knew I could never truly portray on a stage because she just…didn’t look like me.


Now, over 20 years later, I am beyond proud and honored to see a young girl who looks like I did when I was a child, representing “Annie” on a global stage! This is such an incredible feat. Essence captured young starlet Quvenzhané Wallis and Jamie Foxx on the cover of their December issue as the father & daughter duo in the upcoming Sony Pictures remake of the 1984 classic ANNIE. Here’s what Jamie had to say about working with her:

I don’t think we could have done this movie unless Quvenzhané came along. It’s sort of like she’s tailor-made for the role in a sense. I would challenge you to find a girl who personifies ‘Annie’ better than Quvenzhané does… –Jamie Foxx, ESSENCE

What excites me more than seeing this film is that I’ll eventually get to own it for myself on DVD and play it for my daughter when she’s old enough to appreciate it like I was. Only now she can truly feel like ANNIE is a role she can play on stage because of who she sees on screen.

Check out the trailer below:

 The December issue of Essence Magazine hits newsstands on this Friday, November 7th.

Update (11/10): Also make sure you check out my blogger boo Danielle Gray of TheStyleandBeautyDoctor in this month’s issue of Essence!


She’s in an advertorial spread for Motions and she looks flawless! Another great reason to pick up a copy!

Cover Girls: Jennifer Hudson Covers Essence January Issue

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The lovely Jennifer Hudson covers this upcoming January issue of Essence Magazine. She’s got leading roles in hit movies (including recent holiday release Black Nativity), she’s happy in her relationship with longtime beau David Otunga, mother to a beautiful boy and just living life to its fullest.

“I spent my twenties figuring out what I wanted to do, and trying everything,” she says. “But by 30, my foundation was set. I became confident and clear about the path I wanted to take…Now I’ve really settled into myself. And I’m stronger than I’ve ever been.”

People like J.Hud give me so much hope because despite all the tragedy and hardship she’s gone through in life, she has managed to become such a powerhouse. She didn’t let those tragic events define her, which is why I love seeing her celebrated. Kudos to J.Hud on embracing what life has to offer. I think she was a great choice for Essence’s New Year’s issue.

Check out more of J.Hud’s cover quotes over at Essence.com

Cover Girls: Kelly Rowland for Essence Magazine

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Kelly Rowland looks absolutely stunning on the cover of Essence Magazine’s September issue! In it, the starlet & R&B songstress talks about her past battles with self-confidence and the untold stories she alluded to on her single “Dirty Laundry”. About the Beyonce-jealousy controversy, she explained to Essence:

“For a long time I wasn’t happy, but that had nothing to do with Beyoncé,” Rowland says. “That had to do with me trying to get my life in order and make better decisions for myself. I’m seeing all these wonderful things happen for her and I am happy for her. But I want a path. I want things to pop off for me, too. Not on her level but whatever my level is supposed to be.”

I’m beyond happy for Kelly Rowland. I’ve been an avid follower of hers since her Destiny’s Child days, and I’m glad she’s finally come into her own and happy with who she is and what she’s accomplished. There’s nothing better than feeling happy regardless of how people look at you or try to judge you. Don’t you agree?

I must say I’m also INCREDIBLY excited for the Essence September issue because I make a brief cameo in it! Once I have an issue on hand, I’ll share my feature with you guys. Stay tuned!


For more about the exclusive Kelly Rowland cover story, check out Essence.com here:

Cover Girls: Serena Williams Covers Essence Magazine

On the topic of healthy living (and perfect motivation given our current LBS Beauty Detox), tennis star and sports mogul Serena Williams covers the July issue of Essence Magazine. The July issue is Essence’s Body Issue themed around loving your shape and Miss Serena is serving curvy athletic realness!

In the issue, Serena talks with Essence about her fight against a devastating pulmonary embolism over two years ago, and how at 31 she’s in the best shape of her life. About her body and age, she says “I feel lighter, I feel healthier, and even though I’m 31—which really isn’t old, but for an athlete, particularly a tennis player, it’s old—I promise you, my body has never felt better. Considering how much I’ve played and how much I’ve done, I feel fine. I’m strong.”

I don’t know about you, but this cover shot is going right up on my inspiration board. Who’s with me?

Cover Girls: Janelle Monae for Essence Magazine

My favorite ATLien songbird Janelle Monae graces the cover of Essence Magazine’s May 2013 issue. In her feature, the flawless beauty discusses her decision to be unique, why she refuses to flaunt too much skin, and her definition of true beauty.

About her unique style:

“I made a decision to be unique […] I like skirts and dresses just like everyone else, but I had a message I needed to put out there. It was up to me to show people and young girls there was another way.”

[I wanted to] “…redefine what it means to be sexy and what it means to be a woman. Showing my skin is not what makes me sexy […] People don’t ask Jay-Z to take his shirt off when he rhymes.”

Related: NEWS: Janelle Monae is the New COVERGIRL
About what she considers beautiful:

“I love givers. I love when I find out that someone’s given. I think people who give and give their time are some of the most beautiful people that I know.”

Take a look at the behind-the-scenes video over at Essence.com for more quotes and a sneak peek at her glam outfits.

What do you think about Janelle Monae’s stance on not showing skin? Do you agree?

Source: Essence.com

LBS in LA: Essence Black Women in Music Event

 “I’m going going back back to Cali Cali….”

Yes yes y’all. Biggie-style, I’m headed back to LA! As you’re reading this, I’m probably boarding the plane with a turban on and my overnight bag in tow. I had to get this announcement out before daybreak though – I couldn’t hold back my excitement!

The Essence Black Women in Music event, taking place tonight, Wednesday February 6th will honor new musicians and style stars Solange Knowles and Lianne La Havas. Hosted by Grammy winner Kelly Rowland and Essence Editor-at-Large Emil Wilbekin, the two honorees will perform live sets for the occasion.

I’m beyond excited to attend as a special guest of Lincoln, who is the presenting sponsor of the event. Lincoln’s all-new luxury midsize sedan, the 2013 MKZ, and the luxury full-size sedan, the 2013 MKS, are the official vehicles for Black Women in Music and will chauffer both songstresses to the red carpet. This is the fourth consecutive year that Lincoln and ESSENCE have collaborated for this chic invitation-only affair. I can’t BELIEVE I’m getting the opportunity to attend!

Follow me at @LoveBrownSugar on Twitter and Instagram for up-to-the minute updates about the event. I’ll be live-tweeting my entire trip including snaps of the red carpet, interviews, celebrity run-ins and last minute fashion & beauty choices before the big night. As of now, I’m still undecided on a dress! Got my shoes though, whoop whoop!

Join me on my second adventure to LA! I’ll be tweeting live updates with hashtag #LincolnRedCarpet – wish me luck! (praying I don’t hyperventilate when I run into my girl Solange)

Cover Girls: Alicia Keys for Essence January

Alicia Keys is getting her WHOLE life on the cover of ESSENCE Magazine’s January 2013 issue. She’s serving a red strapless peplum moment and I’m living.

Related: Alicia Keys Cuts Her Hair

With her fifth studio album officially on the market and a worldwide tour on the horizon, the 14-time Grammy Award-winning artist, AIDS activist, wife and mom talks to ESSENCE about spiritual makeovers—and how she learned to say no in order to create a more balanced approach to her world.

Thoughts on her cover look?

The January issue of ESSENCE hits stands on December 7th. For more on this issue, visit ESSENCE.com.