Best and Worst Valentines Day Gifts Ever: Anthony Hamilton, Mary Mary, Melanie Fiona and more

What have been YOUR best and worst Valentines day gifts ever?

Danai Maraire caught up with some of Grammy’s biggest stars to find out about their best and worst Valentine’s Day Gifts. In the house at Essence Magazine’s 2nd Annual Salute to Black Women in Music, honoring Janelle Monae, during Grammy week.


CBC: Essence Evening of Excellence Pictures

Washington, DC, Friday September 17, 2010
Essence magazine’s 2nd Annual Evening of Excellence held during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative Conference was a night filled with fun and celebrity. Hosted by CNN’s Richelle Carey, Essence presented awards to Rodney Peete and Holly Robinson Peete, Judge Glenda Hatchett, Sheila Johnson, and Warrick Dunn. The ceremony was capped off by a performance by En Vogue, and an after party with D Nice.


The Obamas Cover Essence Magazine in March


President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle are covering Essence mag yet again. In the upcoming March issue, they spoke to the mag about education and how they deal with educating First Daughters Sasha and Malia:

“Malia will tell you, my attitude was, if she came home with a B, that’s not good enough because there’s no reason why she can’t get an ‘A’…”
—President Barack Obama
According to the press release:

ESSENCE kicks off the first of its three-part education series, Teaching Our Children, with a White House exclusive—an interview with President Barack Obama. In his first interview of 2010, he talks tough with ESSENCE editor-in-chief Angela
Burt-Murray, Deputy Editor Tatsha Robertson and Washington Correspondent Cynthia Gordy about holding teachers accountable, closing the education gap between Black and White students, how he and First Lady Michelle Obama encourage daughters Malia and Sasha to love learning, and how you can do the same with your own children.


Essence Magazine’s Black Women in Hollywood: Halle Berry

Nicely done commentary on Berry’s career milestones. Particularly seeing Ruby Dee and Spike reflecting on Jungle Fever.

The movie she did with Benecio Del Toro was a pretty good character driven story. Check out “Things We Lost in the Fire.

Is it possible to see another award winning acting performance by Ms. Berry without getting her back blown out by the bad guy? In the meanwhile, watch this talented beautiful lady as she’s honored by her peers.

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