Lenny Kravitz Interview

It’s been more than 20 years since Lenny Kravitz wrote and produced his classic debut, ‘Let Love Rule’, which introduced the world to a dreaded hippie whose sound melded an array of musical influences from classic rock to funk. Today the Brooklyn born rocker – sans dreads – continues to thrive and surprise us with his multifaceted talent – and expressions.

Rachel Weisz: Drawn to Complexity

Why can we not stop watching Rachel Weisz? Sure, her breathtaking beauty is easy on the eyes, but it’s the vulnerable, often broken characters she so effortlessly inhabits that keep us glued to the screen. Weisz has never chosen the easy golden-paved path that so many Hollywood starlets follow to fame and fortune. Instead, Weisz keeps us constantly guessing with roles as varied as Tennessee William’s Blanche DuBois and as Jackie Onassis in the upcoming biopic being directed by her husband, Darren Aronofsky.

Closet Envy: Celeb Stylist June Ambrose

It’s nearly impossible to have a discussion about the relationship between music and style without mentioning one of the mavericks of celebrity styling, June Ambrose. Ambrose, as we’re sure many of you already know, is an iconic stylist who has been instrumental in creating the looks of some of the music world’s biggest stars like Mary J.

Commentary: Mo’Nique Not Just Another Negative Role

After picking up practically every award for her supporting role in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” it was a safe bet that Mo’Nique would win the Oscar. She is the fifth Black actress to win an Academy Award. Nevertheless, there are many of us who consider Mo’Nique’s Oscar win to be just another “negative” role earning recognition.

Big Daddy Kane – Long Live to the Kane / It’s a Big Daddy thing

Kane is by far one of the most requested MC’s people always suggest, no demand, we cover. And we couldn’t be more thrilled that Kane blessed us with an interview. We initially planned to talk to Kane about recording his classic 1988 debut, “Long Live The Kane” but it quickly dawned on me that we should make the most of our time with Kane, so instead of setting up a future interview to discuss his other classic album “It’s a Big Daddy Thing”, let’s just knock it all out at once.

Closet Envy: Fashionista Shala Monroque

While there may be an endless supply of pretty faces decked out, with the help of stylists, in head-to-toe au courant, designer pieces making the red carpet and party rounds, to catch our eye here at ESSENCE.com, one must approach fashion with a truly individualistic approach, have savvy personal style, be adept at interpreting trends to make them her own, have an understanding of what looks good on her frame and, by all means, she must possess impeccable taste.

Cormega – The Realness

“One thing about the music industry it’s two different realms. I love the music, I hate the industry. If I would have listened to the industry, I would have not believed in myself.” -Cormega Listening to Cormega talking about the complex relationship between commerce and art, you can’t help but wonder about the nameless artists who weren’t as fortunate as he was when it came to standing behind their work in the face of outside pressures.

Drew Barrymore: Roller Girls

Shattering Hollywood taboos is nothing new for Drew Barrymore. After 29 years in the business, she continues to challenge the industry’s standards and herself; this time by stepping behind the camera to direct her first feature film starring Academy Award nominee Ellen Page. Set against the backdrop of the unorthodox, bad-ass world of all female roller derby, ‘Whip It!’