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Lunch with Constance White, ESSENCE’s Editor-in-Chief

Last week I was asked to participate in a discussion panel with Essence’s Editor-in-Chief Constance White…

Last week I was asked to participate in a discussion panel with Essence’s Editor-in-Chief Constance White, being an avid reader and even appearing in the magazine, I jumped at the chance!

As we all know Essence has undergone a lot of changes since being purchased by Time Inc. last year,  some of those changes have been great while others have been so-so. In an effort to improve the magazine, Essence has been doing small focus groups in various states to see just what it is their readers like and don’t like about the magazine as it is today.

Upon arrival we were greeted by Chloe, who does PR for the magazine.

How cute is Chloe?? And she is from ChiTown!!

For lunch we were served mint infused fruit, tossed summer salad and turkey wraps from Jessica Ashley, the food was absolutely delicious!

Check the flower arrangement by August Bloom!! Love those girls...

During lunch we were asked various open-ended questions regarding Essence magazine and what we thought they were doing right and what they could improve on. As a subscriber of Essence magazine, I truly appreciate the effort that Essence Magazine is taking to get the magazine back to what we all know and love…

I love chatting with Constance and the rest of Essence’s team, I eagerly await to see what the future holds for the magazine!

Skirt: Forever 21, Shirt: Nordstrom, Shoes: Zigi, Jewelry: Foyer

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Raijean Stroud

Fashion, beauty & lifestyle blogger based in Chicago and founder of, Swa-Rai Media Group and Bleeding Heart Project. Launched in 2010, Swa-Rai discusses a range of topics including: fashion, beauty and lifestyle experiences which includes travel, tech, family, dining and so much more! When not in Chicago, Raijean can be found traveling around the country covering some of the hottest events! She can be spotted in places such as New York for covering events such as Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week, Las Vegas for CES (Consumer Electronics Show), LA for Lucky FABB and more! When she's not traveling she's in Chicago, interviewing celebrities and covering exclusive events.

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  • Hi
    I was also invited for an upcoming session being held @ the Covention Center for Essence Music Festival. Im glad I came accross this blog. I was wondering what exactly what to expect from the session.

  • I wish to see under Constance White’s leadership uplifting stories about black women around the world, not just black women in America.

    I wish to see fatter issues of Essence Magazine…I remember when most issues of Essence Magazine exceeded 200 pages…

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