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Essence

4.4 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews

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Product Description

Subscription Length: 2 years

Product Description

ESSENCE inspires Black women of all shades and shapes to lead bold, fulfilling lives. We encourage their passions and dreams and celebrate their community. As a trusted friend, we reflect their best selves and motivate them to live without limits.

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Who Reads Essence?
Essence inspires Black women of all shades and shapes to lead bold, fulfilling lives. We encourage their passions and dreams and celebrate their community. As a trusted friend, Essence reflects their best selves and motivates them to live without limits. Essence reaches 8.1 million readers each month and reaches 37% of African American women in one issue. In 2010, Essence will celebrate its 40th anniversary of being the Spirit of Black Women.

What You Can Expect in Each Issue:
In every issue, Essence covers the information the African American woman wants to read and learn about from a trusted advisor including Celebrity, Fashion and Beauty, News, Careers, Finance, Healthy Living (health, fitness, food and relationships) and Spirituality.

Special features include:

  • "Will you Marry Me" - Real men pop the question in Essence
  • Black Hollywood Special - a celebration of Black talent in Hollywood
  • Black Music Celebration - a celebration of the most influential executives, performers, directors, festivals, tours etc.
  • Do-Right Man - 100 men in-book and online
  • Plus Fall Fashion and Beauty, Heatlh and Wellness, Holiday Entertaining and Faith and Family
Magazine Layout:
Essence magazine strives to be as visually arresting as it is mentally stimulating. It has a 39-year-old tradition of featuring beautiful and iconic images of Black women, men and couples who are exclusively photographed for the magazine. Within, there is a fair split of text to images, always with the goal of marrying both into inviting layouts that move the reader along effortlessly from page to page. Center-of-book features are particularly lush story spreads that are engaging both visually and intellectually.

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Past Issues:
Contributors
Bishop TD Jakes, pastor for the Potter's House in Dallas--a 30,000 member congregation--pens the last page "Get Lifted" in every issue. Spirituality is of great importance to the Essence reader. Charlayne Hunter-Gault (Africa Bureau Chief) is an award-winning journalist (formerly on the MacNeil/Lehrer Report on PBS) and writer who lives on the continent of Africa and who provides insight and commentary on issues of interest affecting the African diaspora.

Comparisons to Other Magazines:
Essence speaks directly and specifically to the AA woman in a trusted and candid voice. Essence spans both the African American set and the fashion and beauty set. Essence has the highest engagement according to MRI compared to the fashion and beauty set.

Advertisers:
Essence's has a wide range of brand partners including Giorgio Armani, CoverGirl, GAP, Mastercard, Ford, McDonalds, Target, Coca Cola, SoftSheen Carson, Tacori, Aveeno, Caress, and Pantene.

Awards:
  • 2008 Henry R. Luce Awards: Magazine of the Year, Public Service for our September 2007 article “What Happened to My Child?” about missing children, Best Web Innovation finalist to Essence.com for “Will You Marry Me?”
  • Essence was honored with the first ever Advertising Age’s American Magazine Vanguard Award, which recognizes magazines that are innovating smartly beyond print.
  • Essence was named by MIN (Media Industry Newsletter) as a winner of its “Most Engaged Media Brands”, awarded to magazines that display the strongest bond between the brand, its readers and its advertisers. Our solutions-based programs, combined with our editorial excellence and our responsive audience, make Essence the top choice for marketers who want to reach African-American women.
  • Year after year, Essence has consistently taken top honors in magazine journalism in the news feature and investigative reporting categories.

Product Details

Subscription Length: 2 years
  • Format: Magazine
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Publisher: Essence Communications
  • ASIN: B000MTOUOG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • This magazine subscription is provided by Synapse

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essence of Life October 23, 2012
Subscription Term Name:1 year|Verified Purchase
"Essence Magazine" is a well-rounded magazine that covers issues pertaining to women from various backgrounds. Tyler Perry is on the front cover and there is a special feature of Gabby Douglas on page 70, along with some of the other Olympic winners. Additionally, the November 2012 issue features women with different and engaging political beliefs on page 82. The following are the women featured: Daryl Joy Walters, Mary L. Washington, Montica Talmadge, Jennifer Carroll and Jennifer Burke. It is implied on the side of the magazine that African American women come first when it comes to "Essence Magazine". I confirmed part of my own African American ancestry when I recently discovered that my late paternal grandmother was an African American woman who was originally from Birmingham,Alabama. However, this magazine is also great for those from various backgrounds due to some of the universal themes covered in "Essence" (such as the articles on the secret of giving and ideas for the Thanksgiving holiday).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essence subcription November 26, 2013
By G. Monk
Subscription Term Name:2 years|Verified Purchase
I am set for the next two years wish they would do interviews on other than the top 6 black actresses and Beyoncé (They could expand). I do love their articles and that why I gave Essence another chance.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good March 11, 2011
Subscription Term Name:1 year auto-renewal
This is the only magazine I read regularly in college (25 years ago) that I still read now. Great articles on all kinds of issues and they do try to cater to black women from ages 20 to 55 or so which is not easy. Lately, it's been a little flat -- both in terms of magazine size and in the depth of the articles. I'm renewing it one more year and hope it improves during that time
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars too many ads, not enough interesting material January 18, 2013
By QueenG
Subscription Term Name:1 year auto-renewal|Verified Purchase
i was hoping to gain some entertainment while reading things that will keep my interest but like most magazines, this was full of ads and the articles either seemed generic or just didnt keep my attention.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful app January 11, 2012
Subscription Term Name:2 years|Verified Purchase
I love reading Essence magazine, I am happy I can now read it on my kindle fire. I recommend this
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This is a much appreciated addition to inventory of things that make my life as easy as one would like to have it. As a person who depends a lot on external sources for my professional fulfillment, I am very satisfied.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Subscribe August 28, 2016
By Ross
Subscription Term Name:1 year|Verified Purchase
I don't have much of a review for this magazine because nothing is in it but advertisements. And half of those are worthless. Save your money people and look through it at the check out line while you are waiting in Walmart long lines or your favorite retailer. In summary . I give you the Kirk Angle theme song. ESSENCE YOU SUCk👎
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Subscription Term Name:2 years|Verified Purchase
I am glad about my Essence subscription I have been a faithful subscriber to Essence for years it came at the time that Amazon said it would with no problems.I love Essence and I love the price Amazon had for the magazine. I checked a few other sites before purchasing thru Amazon they had the best price for a 2 year subscription. I also have the option to read my Essence on my Kindle Fire. I have recommended a friend to check out Amazon for her subscription.
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