Essence Magazine – May 2009

The May 2009 edition of Essence Magazine has been printed!


A Mother’s Love: First Lady & Mom
In an exclusive interview with ESSENCE Editor-in-Chief Angela Burt-Murray, First Lady Michelle Obama and her mother, Mrs. Marian Robinson, speak on raising smart, confident kids, strong marriages, and future plans.

Thank You, Mom Showing our  appreciation for the woman we call Mama

Tropical Punch Embark on a fashion trip to paradise this spring

The Good Fight A man of faith battles corporate giants for his neighborhood’s health

The Green Awards In recognition of the activists working to improve our environment


Color Decoded: Standout shades

Strands: Updos, mohawks and pompadours, from edgy to elegant

Fab in a Flash: Mikki gets au naturel with guest editor Kerry Washington

Best Sellers Top eco-friendly beautifiers


Looks We Love: Shift into neutrals

Perfect Fit: Asymmetrical frocks offer a new slant on style

Accessories Down-to-earth gear

Cheap & Chic: Green-inspired fashions for less green


Essence Ultimate Summer Movie Preview: From action and animation to comedies and thrillers, we give you the lowdown on this film season’s flicks  

Gazette: In case you missed ’em, highlights from the indie film world; a bout of festival fever and Chris

Rock’s award-winning hair tale

Books: Helpful tomes good for all ages; Farai Chideya offers to Kiss the Sky for our next book club selection and more


Be Your Own Boss Why your future might be in franchising 

Money Makeover: She’s divorced, in debt and hoping to retire by 2013

Your Money: Nine easy steps to turn your home into a green house 

Working Smart: Broaden your outlook on what it takes to get ahead

Tanisha’s Tips: Understand your refinancing options; steals and deals

What Men Think: H-town hotties debate whether cheaters deserve a second chance

Tell It Like It Is? Actress Niecy Nash says keep the awful truth to yourself

Oh, Brother: Finesse believes nice guys aren’t for everybody

Ten Things We’re Talking About

Time for a Change: Kerry Washington issues a plea to save the planet

Sexual Health Special: We weigh in on medical advances in the reproductive field, birth control concerns and how to maximize your next trip to the doctor

Fit & Fab: How one woman became half her size without surgery, medication or extreme dieting

Organic 101: Are organic foods the best choice for you and your family?

Take 5 Honoring the mother in you

How She Does It: A parent of two toddlers successfully shares her home and her office with her hubby

Healthy Food Fast: Wholesome meals can be affordable and delicious


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