Celebrity #SHINESTRONG Moments

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  • Debra Lee
  • Angela Davis
  • Susan Taylor
  • Sevyn Streeter
  • Misty Copeland
  • Erykah Badu
  • Jill Scott
  • Mariah Carey
  • Dr. Maya Angelou
  • Esi Eggleston Bracey
  • Gabrielle Douglas
  • Janelle Monae
  • Jennifer Hudson
  • Beverly Bond
  • Elle Varner
  • Queen Latifah
  • Alicia Keys
  • Taraji P. Henson
  • Angela Simmons
  • Sanaa Lathan
  • MC Lyte
  • Alesha Renee
  • Michelle Williams
  • Estelle
  • Regina Hall
  • Venus Williams
  • Wanda Sykes
  • Ciara
  • Tracee Ellis Ross
  • Regina King
  • Raven-Symoné

Susan Taylor

From 1981 to 2000, esteemed editor, writer and journalist Susan Taylor connected with millions of Black women as the editor-in-chief and publications director of Essence magazine. Born to West-Indian parents and bred in Harlem and Queens, New York, Taylor used her creative vision to skyrocket to the top of the magazine world. Her list of achievements include becoming the first Black woman to receive the prestigious Henry Johnson Fisher Award from the Magazine Publishers of America in 1998 and the Inspiration Award at Black Girls Rock! in 2012.

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