Essence’s latest Black History Month issue features three different covers, each dedicated to a black woman who is shaping the future via what cover story writer Bené Viera described as Black Girl Magic:
It’s that shared connection between a group of women who have never met yet deeply understand the Black girl experience. That kinship is everything from having our hair pressed in the kitchen as little girls to having strangers reach in to touch our ‘fros as adults. It’s excelling and loving ourselves in a world that repeatedly tells us we aren’t good enough, aren’t pretty enough, aren’t smart enough. That triumph through it all is Black Girl Magic.
Essence’s cover stars (photos below) include Chi-raq’s Teyonah Parris, Black-ish’s Yara Shahidi and social activist Johnetta “Netta” Elzie.