Essence Unveils Black Girl Magic Class of 2016

It’s very rare for you to see women of color on the covers of magazines at newsstands and grocery stores. When there’s one we rejoice. When there’s two or more we shout for glee. Essence mag, known for highlighting the beauty of black women raised the status quo this week with it’s February issue. One cover was simply not enough for the “Black Girl Magic Class of 2016”. Three powerhouses. Three covers.

Johnetta “Netta” Elzie


Teyonah Parris


Yara Shahidi


“Being a part of this reemergence of a movement both pro-diversity and pro-woman is the best part of being a Black girl,” says 16-year-old Shahidi.

Also included in the class are: Zendaya, KeKe Palmer, Simone Biles and more!

This #BlackGirlMagic is just too great a burden to bear.


The issue drops Friday, you better believe I’m grabbing my copy! What about you?


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