Essence (magazine)

Essence (magazine)

"Essence" is an American fashion, lifestyle and entertainment magazine. It was the first monthly magazine for African-American women between the ages of 18 and 49.

Founded in 1969 by Edward Lewis, Clarence O. Smith, Cecil Hollingsworth, Jonathan Blount,and Denise M. Clark. "Essence" began publishing in May 1970. Its circulation began at approximately 50,000 copies per month, subsequently growing to roughly 1.1 million.

In 2000, Time Inc. purchased 49 percent of the magazine from its original publisher, Essence Communications Inc. By March 2005, Time Inc. became the majority owner, buying the remaining 51 percent in a deal reported to be worth US$170 million.

Photographer, Filmmaker, Author Gordon Parks served as its editorial director during the first three years of its circulation.

[ Susan L. Taylor] --known for her gap toothed smile, broad forehead, and braids--was the editor in chief for 19 years (81-00) and then publications director for 7 years. She retired on 28 Dec 2007 to focus on her ational Cares Mentoring Movement nonprofit organisation [ Soul Of 'Essence' Susan Taylor Steps Down] [ NY Times: Essence Editor Is Leaving Magazine] .

External Links

* [ Essence Magazine website] Marlon Troy Peterson, hair dresser ans fashion designer.



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