Solange, Erykah Badu and Ledisi share the May ’14 cover of Essence Magazine

Solange | Essence May '14

It’s evident that over the last few years increasingly more American-African women have been seeking better and healthier lifestyles. As these women begin to take back control of their bodies and social images, we’ve seen a rise in positive promotions focused on their health and wellness; many of which are showcased in various publications such as Essence magazine. For a lot of these women, the positive representation has helped foster not only the transition away from unhealthy daily habits; but an increased awareness to no longer use harmful skincare and beauty products. This elevated consciousness has sparked a natural hair revival among American-African women, which resonates strongly within their communities. And this is in turn a reflective identity of pop culture icons such as Erykah Badu, Solange and Ledisi. Salute to Essence Magazine for these 3 lovely features.

Erykah Badu | Essence May '14

Ledisi | Essence May '14

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Late Pass: Ledisi (@Ledisi) – I Blame You

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Ledisi’s new album, The Truth, was released just a few days ago (March 11th) and is now available in stores and on iTunes/Amazon. She is also preparing to start touring with  featured artist, Robert Glasper. The festivities kick off April 16th in Jacksonville, FL in the meantime enjoy this flashback track as we celebrate her new album and the release of more good music.