I can’t help but think that the new Essence Magazine reminds of my old favorites Honey and Suede. The colorful and bold style brings me back to my days in college working with the then-publishers on Honey’s redesign as a group project, and later on the soon-to-be-named Suede, which subsequently was a subsidiary of Essence before Essence Communications got sold to Time. 
I remember getting the call one night, when I, as a fashion assistant at Suede, got the call that Suede would no longer be, and that the following day would be my, and the entire staff’s last. The folding of Suede is what inspired me to start Lavish, and 8 years later, with starts and stops, I still blog for my beloved baby.  Reminisce and enjoy these lovely covers featuring the all natural beauty of Erykah Badu, Ledisi and Solange.