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LIYA KEBEDE’s LEMLEM

How hand-made natural cotton from Addis Ababa finds its way to boutiques around the world and retailers like Barneys, Saks Avenue and Bloomingdale's? Liya Kebede has an answer.

JONAH: A STORY OF A BIG FISH

Inspired by Hemingway's "The old man and the sea", Sundance prize-winning filmmaker Kibwe Tavares sets his filming on a Tanzanian island to tell a story of a fish. Jonah is a modern tale about a young beach boy from Zanzibar, who desperately wants tourism to come, but when it comes, it destroys his...

Laverne Cox to get a wax figure in Madame Tussauds

Orange Is the New Black star Laverne Cox will become the first transgender person to become part of the Madame Tussauds legacy. The figure will be debuted during the city’s Pride festival at the museum’s San Francisco department.

NEW ARTIST FEATURE: MAJID JORDAN

Majid Jordan, a Canadian record producing and performing duo made up of Majid Al Maskati and Jordan Ullman, newly released track "Her" is an absolutely slick, body grinding RnB/Nu Soul tune. 

Plus-size yoga teacher breaking stereotypes

Jessamyn Stanley from North Carolina is breaking the internet by challenging the conventional notions of what a trained yoga body looks like. “Fat Femme” (that’s how she calls herself on Tumblr page) looks fabulously flexible and fit and is a living proof that no matter what size you are, the most important thing is that you feel good and comfortable in your body.

Prison break

Orange is the new black, indeed. ESSENCE chose a whole Netflix hit series cast to grace the cover of its annual Body issue. Uzo Aduba, Danielle Brooks, Laverne Cox, Vicky Jeudy, Adrienne C. Moore and Samira Wiley shine in orange evening gowns, as they celebrate being “sexy at every size”.

Who’s Afraid of Ava DuVernay? A Groundbreaking Director and the Big Oscars Snub

In a cinematic world where white male film directors have traditionally ruled the roost since the Oscars began back in 1929, a relatively new girl on the block Ava DuVernay could be blazing a trail. And though falling just short of getting her maiden Best Director nod at this year’s Academy Awards, due on February 22 in Los Angeles, the 42-year-old still has her civil rights drama Selma nominated for the Best Picture.

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