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Ciara Talks Marriage & Being A Single Parent In Her First-Ever Issue Of Essence!

Ciara looks so stunning on the cover of Essence!

Stunning!!

Ciara finally graced the cover of Essence for the first time, bringing her glowing beauty to the May issue!

The 30-year-old brightened up the front page dressed in a strapless, floral jumpsuit — could she look more like the epitome of spring??

Related: Ciara & Russell Wilson Show Off At A Private Dinner!

While there's no peek at the accompanying spread just yet, the interview was a whole other story!

Speaking on her upcoming nuptials to NFL star Russell Wilson, Cici shared:

"Marriage is something I look forward to. I believe in family, and the beauty of two people committing to spend their lives together. We talk about everything. To me, to both of us, that's the foundation you need for love to flourish and reach its highest place. I want to live with as much lightness as possible, so I can stay focused on my love of God, and being the best mom, and the best person, I can be…"

In case you don't remember, the pop singer was once engaged to Future, before giving birth to their son, Future Jr., back in 2014.

Well, in this new issue, the momma of one explained:

"I'd always wanted to have my own family.And my pregnancy was planned when I was at a point in my life when I was finally ready to take on the responsibility."

But as for her split from the Where Ya At rapper?

"That wasn't necessarily part of my vision. But the moment I realized I was going to be a single mother, I had to reflect and reorganize my thoughts. I decided to trust that God had a plan for me, and move forward one day at a time."

Of course, it wasn't even a year later that Ciara and Russell went public with their relationship, and now, they're engaged! Reminiscing on telling her friends what kind of man she wanted, she said:

"I remember telling my friend the kind of guy I wanted: a God-fearing man with a very fun spirit who loves kids and would really, truly care for me. I was very specific because I do believe you can have it all."

Guess she does have it all!

Anyway, we can't wait to see the editorial, and hopefully hear her wedding plans sometime soon, too!

[Image via Essence.]

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Lupita Nyong'o Sparkles & Shines For Her First Ever Essence Cover!

Lupita Nyong'o takes the cover of Essence!

December has only begun, but the January covers are rolling in!

Adding to her already impressive list, Lupita Nyong'o is kicking off the new year on the cover of Essence!

Get it, girl!

Related: Lupita Rocks A Fresh Bob For Rhapsody!

It's been almost two years since the Star Wars: The Force Awakens starlet last graced the glossy's pages, but it seems this time we're getting a whole new look at the actress.

Her metallic bronze look is way more muted than how she's usually styled, but she shines regardless!

Even the one peek we have at her spread inside the magazine is just as amazing.

The 32-year-old is styled in a striped, sequined shift designed to be an attention-grabber — but for her interview, Lupita talks about what it's like to have all that attention.

Reminiscing about her instant fame, she confessed:

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Taraji P. Henson Bares Skin Past Her Hips For Essence Magazine — Whoa, Baby!

Taraji covers Essence looking amazing!

This freakin' EMPRESS!!!

"Queen" just doesn't cut it for Taraji P. Henson anymore. She's totally surpassed that title!

The Empire star is one badass, GORGEOUS cover girl for Essence magazine's November issue, rocking an embellished black Fausto Puglisi dress with slits all the way up her hips.

Photos: Cookie Lyon's Fiercest Looks

Similar to the white version Kendall Jenner wore to the MuchMusic Video Awards in 2014.

The actress also discusses the long road it took to get to this level of fame:

"I'm just gonna keep amassing an audience. Everything was strategically planned. This is what all my efforts are for.

"Even though people are just finding me now as Cookie, thank God for Netflix because people are so moved by my performance they're like, ‘Where has she been?' I've always said I want to do the type of work that people study."

And you better believe she takes the art of acting very seriously:

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Kerry Washington Gives The Sexiest Come-Hither Look On Essence

Kerry Washington covers Essence as part of Shonda's crew.

It's Queen Kerry, guys!

Kerry Washington appears on one of six covers for Essence magazine's October issue alongside other actors and actresses who have worked with producer extraordinaire Shonda Rhimes.

The Scandal star's cover features her looking sultry as hell in a dotted and sequined Marc Jacobs dress.

We also love her glowy skin and pouty lips!

She tweeted:

"This is such a special moment. Honored to be included. #Shondaland #essenceTGIT"

Other covers feature Viola Davis and Shonda herself!

See the rest of the six in the gallery (above)!

[Image via Essence]

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OINTB Stars Ditch The Jumpsuits For A Cleavage-Filled Cover Of Essence's July Issue!

Orange Is The New Black stars cover Essence magazine!

Season three can't come soon enough!

Orange Is the New Black fans are patiently waiting for the premiere, but until then, they can bask in their beautiful cover of Essence magazine!!

[ Related OINTB's Cast Gets Cozy On The Red Carpet! ]

Laverne Cox, Samira Wiley, Vicky Jeudy, Danielle Brooks, Adrienne C. Moore, and Uzo Aduba grace the July issue in what else, but orange dresses.

Not the most creative choice, but hey, you can't deny they all look stunning!

So, uh, Essence, when can we see the spread?

It's hard enough waiting for the show's premiere on June 12!

[Image via Essence Magazine.]

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Empire's Jussie Smollet Talks Coming Out In Essence's June Issue With Yazz Gray And Trai Byers!

Empire's Jussie Smollet, Trai Byers, and Bryshere 'Yazz' Gray cover Essence!

The Lyon brothers are here to heat up the summer!

Empire's Bryshere "Yazz" Gray, Trai Byers, and Jussie Smollett scored the cover of Essence magazine's June issue — and let's just say, it's frame-able!

The three on-screen brothers pose for the front page in all white looks, but it's uh, all the skin that abs-olutely has all our attention here.

[ Related: Empire Surpasses The Walking Dead As The Most Tweeted About Show On TV ]

That is, until you open the glossy for the feature!

While the boys didn't spill any deets about Season 2, the usually-private Jussie did share a lot! Seeming very grateful for the effect the show could have on anyone considering to come out of the closet, he confessed:

"If I can help someone else feel less alone, no matter what they're going through, I'm happy to have that opportunity."

He really is an inspiration, especially after so bravely opening up about his sexuality with Ellen DeGeneres back in March.

But as for the outcom? Jussie revealed:

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Kelly Rowland, Laverne Cox, & Uzo Aduba Steal The Spotlight At ESSENCE's Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon!

Kelly Rowland, Laverne Cox, and Uzo Aduba are standouts at ESSENCE's Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon!

What a flawless group of ladies!

Kelly Rowland, Laverne Cox, and Uzo Aduba were all impeccably put-together for the ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood luncheon in Beverly Hills on Thursday.

The hawt mama and former Destiny's Child member had us in awe on the red blue carpet in a sexy lace top and matching high-waisted shorts.

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