*Essence Magazine has an amazing new leading lady in the form of Constance C. R. WhiteEURweb recently caught up with Ms. White in Beverly Hills, California where the new Editor and Chief expressed great joy over black women making strides in Hollywood, despite challenges:

“For women in Hollywood, particularly black women, it’s still a challenge but we’ve made a lot of strides.”

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When asked to comment on the awards sweep for Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis for thier roles in The Help, Ms. White had this to say:

“Some of us find it to be problematic but overall there are a lot of pluses, and our black actors and actresses continue to strive and represent us in ways that we are all very grateful for.  It’s still a challenge for them to be black and female in Tinsel Town, but we support them and we celebrate them because that’s what we do at Essence for all black women.”

Constance C. R. White chats it up with EUR’s Jazzy Rita.

Essence is in its 42nd year in business during which time it evolved from a print publication to a brand which encompasses the Essence Music Festival, Essence.com and other brand extensions.

Constance White

Constance is a veteran journalist, editor, author and a culture & style expert.  She beams with excitement over the next phase of Essence; which includes the task of maintaining its veteran fan base while cultivating a new and younger demographic.

“There are very few brands that have that kind of loyalty and have women who have grown up with the magazine… We also want to bring on and support and move forward our younger girls.”

The March issue of Essence features actress Kerry Washington on the cover.  Kerry is currently in theaters opposite Eddie Murphy in “A Thousand Words” and she’s starring in the new ABC dramatic series “Scandal.”  Kerry joined Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer, producer Shonda Rimes, PR mogul Judy Smith, Paula Patton and Pam Grier as honorees at Essence Magazine’s annual Black Women In Hollywood event during the week leading up to the 2012  Oscars.

In April, Essence has planned a fitting tribute to the late Whitney Houston.

Michelle Ebanks is president of Essence Communications.  Essence magazine reaches 7.5 million women worldwide and is considered the premiere publication for African American women.  For more on Essence, visit www.Essence.com