4 Reasons You Need A Copy of Essence’s #BlackGirlMagic Issue

For Black History Month, Essence is celebrating the spark, shine, fire and swag that exist in every black girl with their first Black Girl Magic issue. The magazine features three covers that are graced by Teyonah Parris, Yara Shahidi and Johnetta Elzie. All three women are impacting our culture in a major way. I purchased a copy from a newsstand a couple nights ago and I have already read the magazine in its entirety. This issue is a must read for black woman of all ages, here’s why…

1.     Teyonah, Yara and Johnetta are super inspiring. Teyonah is an actress who went from not receiving callbacks for a year, to roles in controversial and cultural films like Dear White People and Chi-Raq. Yara, known for playing Zoey in ABC’s Blackish, is far from your typical teenager. She is an honor student, humanitarian, and reads James Baldwin in her spare time. And how can you not be inspired by the actions of Johnetta, who is on the cover of the copy I purchased. The social justice activist is a voice we desperately need today. She doesn’t just tweet #blacklivesmatter, she protests, sits-in, sacrifices, and converses with politicians.

2.     Bene Viera wrote all three stories. I love to read blogs and beneviera.com is one of my favs! Her blog entries are bold and authentic. She is also the writer behind Essence’s Shondaland issue, another one I’ve read cover to cover.

3.     Bree Newson, Zendaya, Danielle Brooks and more! Essence gives #blackgirlmagic shout outs to even more woman in the pages following the main story. Shining a spot light on ladies including gymnast Gabby Douglas and novelist Helen Oyeyemi. Essence dedicates pages to black woman that other publications fail to. It is breathtaking to see all these shades of brown beauties dominating in tech, fashion, activism, sports and the arts. We may not see their faces on a monthly basis in Vogue and People, but successful woman of color are out here, in large numbers kicking ass and taking names!

4.     To support! These copies need to fly off the shelves to show the media industry that this is what we want to see.  I personally plan to purchase the other two covers. After reading you can keep them for your coffee table, or pass it along to a young black girl in your life, so she can see the plethora of role models she has to look up to.

-LaPorsche