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ESSENCE Editor-in-Chief Vanessa K. Bush, ESSENCE Beauty and Style Director Pamela Edwards-Christiani, ESSENCE May issue cover stars Erykah Badu and Ledisi

*ESSENCE, the preeminent lifestyle brand for African-American women, held an intimate dinner Wednesday night (05-07-14) themed “Journey to Beautiful” in New York City at the lush Penthouse at The Park.

As guest dined, ESSENCE’s Beauty and Style Director, Pamela Edwards-Christiani, hosted an exclusive conversation with two of the magazine’s May issue cover superstars—Erykah Badu and Ledisi—who each shared their own “journey to beautiful” and self-acceptance.

Other guest included Orange is the New Black actress Danielle Brooks, Bravo’s Blood Sweat & Heels star Demetria Lucas, celebrity hairstylist Ursula Stephens, blogger Necole B and more.

As an extension of the dialogue, ESSENCE gave attendees an exclusive first-look at ESSENCE.com’s newly enhanced Hair Channel (which launches officially today.)

The new ESSENCE.com Hair Channel lets users customize their experience and follow their own hair journeys through tips, tools and trade secrets that are tailor made for them.

Visit ESSENCE.com for all of the information you need on the hair you love.

ESSENCE Beauty and Style Director Pamela Edwards-Christiani, ESSENCE May cover stars Erykah Badu and Ledisi

ESSENCE Beauty and Style Director Pamela Edwards-Christiani, ESSENCE May cover stars Erykah Badu and Ledisi

: Orange is the New Black actress Danielle Brooks

: Orange is the New Black actress Danielle Brooks

ESSENCE May issue cover star Ledisi and ESSENCE Editor-in-Chief Vanessa K. Bush

ESSENCE May issue cover star Ledisi and ESSENCE Editor-in-Chief Vanessa K. Bush

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ESSENCE May issue cover star Erykah Badu

Blogger Necole B and Bravo’s Blood Sweat & Heels star Demetria Lucas

Blogger Necole B and Bravo’s Blood Sweat & Heels star Demetria Lucas