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Cardi B and Offset finally revealed their infant son on the cover of ESSENCE magazine's 52nd Anniversary May/June 2022 issue.

The rap artists also revealed their 7-month-old son's name for the first time: Wave Set Cephus.

Cardi B, 29, and Offset, 30 posed on the cover with their 3-year-old daughter Kulture Kiari. Offset is also father to three children from previous relationships: daughter Kalea, 7, and sons Jordan, 12, and Kody, also 7.

Cardi asked the editor during a Zoom call whether she could talk to the editorial and creative team, "woman to woman," about including her stepchildren in the magazine's photo shoot.

She didn't want to spoil the relationships she has with the other mothers of Offset's children. According to ESSENCE, more than anything, she didn't want his other kids to feel left out.

"After we got married, that's when I first met his kids," Cardi said. "I always wanted them to love me, and they really do. They tell me that. I feel it, and I hope that we always have a great relationship."

Offset came from a blended family with siblings of other fathers.

"I have two brothers, and we have three different dads," Offset said. "I never heard of a half-brother—those are my brothers."

"It's a blessing to be able to have them all together, and to have a wife who's open and treats them as if they're her kids," he says. "It could be an issue, but I don't have to go through that, and that's beautiful."

The cover photo was shot by @abdmstudio for Essence magazine. See more photos from the shoot HERE.
 
Correction: An earlier version of this post misidentified Cardi B's son as Wave Cap. His name is Wave Set. We regret the error.

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Atlanta entrepreneur Pinky Cole graces the cover of Essence Magazine's January/February 2022 issue.

The gorgeous cover photo and article were just released, and includes the announcement that famed entrepreneur Derrick Hayes is the father of Pinky's baby girl

Pinky, the visionary and CEO behind the Atlanta-based Slutty Vegan restaurant empire, just announced her upcoming cookbook "Eat Plants, B*tch" via Simon & Schuster imprint 13A of GALLERY Books Group.

The cookbook features 91 vegan recipes from Cole herself, including Jamaican dishes from her childhood, tapas and small plates created to celebrate and invoke joy, and Cole's signature southern comfort food.

Pinky is changing the world with her vegan comfort food, philanthropy & activism as profiled on CNN, Bon Appetite, Forbes, National NBC News, Tamron Hall, Essence & more.

Dedicated to reinventing vegan food culture, Slutty Vegan crave-worthy, indulgent menus, and joyful customer interactions draw locals and visitors to eagerly wait in now-infamous lines down the block for vegan burgers and more. Sluttified fans include celebrities Snoop Dogg, Justin Timberlake, Jermaine Dupri, Taraji P. Henson, Tyler Perry, Tiffany Haddish, Queen Latifah, and many more.

Her new cookbook, "Eat Plants, B*tch", is available for pre-order now and will be available for purchase at bookstores across the country Tuesday, June 21, 2022.

From Avocado Egg Rolls to Cole's Black Pea Cauliflower Po'Boy or Oyster Mushroom Parm and everything in between, the book is chock full of delicious recipes aimed to please dedicated vegans, flexitarians, and carnivores alike. In addition to Cole's insights, she has recruited fellow vegan chefs, influencers, and entrepreneurs to share their favorite recipes, advice on running a business, and takes on veganism.

Pinky (who is also a new mom) has taken over Shake Shacks with an exclusive "SluttyShack" burger, launched PETA's Push for Food Justice, provided life insurance policies to 25,000 Black men, paid rent for local businesses, and paid the tuition of 30 Clark Atlanta students.

Pinky also purchased a car and life insurance for the family of Rayshard Brooks, who was slain by police outside an Atlanta fast-food restaurant. She is the founder of the Pinky Cole Foundation, which provides a roadmap for black economic progress achieved by creatively leveraging economic opportunities, successful risk-taking, and innovation.

Serial Entrepreneur, Brand Strategist, and Veteran Television Producer, Pinky pours all her love, experience, and talent into a recipe for success. When restaurants were closing, Slutty Vegan opened two locations with socially distanced lines down the block. Just two years old, its revenues grew to $4 million within the first six months of its grand opening.

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Richelieu Dennis has stepped down as CEO of Essence Communications after former and current female staffers wrote a lengthy essay on Medium.com detailing years of sexual harassment against female staffers.

The scathing essay, titled "The Truth About Essence" was published on Sunday with the byline, Black Female Anonymous, according to Page Six.

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The authors demanded the resignation of Essence's board members whom they accuse of contributing to the toxic environment at Essence:

"We demand the immediate resignation of Chief Executive Officer Richelieu Dennis, Essence Ventures board member and former Essence Communications CEO Michelle Ebanks, Chief Operating Officer Joy Collins Profet, and Chief Content Officer Moana Luu."

The essay described the workplace environment under CEOs Dennis and Ebanks as a "surface-level commitment to Black women" and that Dennis is "driven by greed and a debaucherous sexual appetite".

They accused Dennis of "a history of sleeping with women on the Sundial staff, (the parent company of Shea Moisture he sold to Unilever in 2017) and for the women who don't seemingly consent, he openly sexually harasses them at private company events."

On Monday, Essence Communications released a statement denouncing the allegations as baseless.

However, on Tuesday, Essence Communications released another statement saying Dennis will be stepping down as CEO.

"Out of an abundance of caution and an unwavering commitment to transparency, ESSENCE is in the process of hiring law firms and other independent external experts to assess and review the company's policies and practices and conduct comprehensive employee interviews," the statement reads.

Dennis, who founded Shea Moisture products, purchased the iconic Essence magazine from TIME magazine in 2018.

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Essence magazine honored remarkable moments and performers in film and television at yesterday's 10th Annual Black Women in Hollywood Awards Gala, held at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA.

(L-R) Janelle Monáe, Issa Rae, Aja Naomi King and Yara Shahidi were presented with Hollywood’s “Next Generation” the 2017 ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood awards.

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Does your vagina have a musty, fruity or fishy odor? Are you a diabetic? Do you eat a lot of onions or garlic? Did your man accidentally leave a used condom inside you?

Essence contributor and popular Atlanta OB/GYN, Dr. Jackie Walters breaks down the good vs. bad vaginal odors.

"All healthy vaginas will have some type of aroma," she writes.

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Singer Kelly Rowland, her husband Tim Weatherspoon and their baby, Titan Jewell Weatherspoon, cover the April 2015 issue of Essence magazine.

Inside the issue, Kelly talks about being a newlywed mom, and the passing of her mother, Doris Rowland Garrison, who died last December.

Check out the beautiful cover after the break.

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Former Destiny's Child bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams were spotted shopping together in Beverly Hills, CA on Wednesday, Feb. 26. Kelly and Michelle joined other fitness buffs at the Nike Women Essence event yesterday. Celebs attending the event included Oprah, WNBA Tulsa Shock star Skylar Diggins, actresses Tracee Ellis Ross, Regina King, Jurnee Smollet Bell and Tichina Arnold, Olympians Allyson Felix, Zendaya Marie, trainer to the stars Jeannette Jenkins, and more.

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It looks like the Dopamine has faded for actress Nia Long and San Antonio Spurs Assistant Coach Ime Udoka. Loyal reader Nikke Brown writes: "Funny, they didn't sound broken up in any of her press interviews for The Best Man Holiday..."

And in a previous interview, Nia made it clear she wasn't interested in a man putting a ring on it.

“Marriage is not a priority for me. I’m not saying I’ll never do it; It’s just not where we are as a family,” the mother of two revealed in the August issue of Essence.

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