20 Beauty Questions With Cori Murray

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Cori Murray is a veteran and a force to be reckoned with in the media world. After joining the ESSENCE family as an assistant health editor in 1999 under editor-in-chief Susan L. Taylor, and soon after Monique Greenwood, she’s worn several hats. 

Now, as the publication’s Entertainment Director and co-host of the Webby nominated Yes, Girl! podcast, she’s someone that celebs and influencers keep on their speed dial. And with 20 years under her belt in this world of red carpets, A-list events, tea spilling and champagne-sipping, she’s never lost her focus. 

“When I started, Susan Taylor would start large edit meetings reminding us of our editorial purpose: to uplift Black women because they were in crisis,” she says.

“Sometimes hearing that was jarring but over the years, I see why we needed that reminder because it’s easy to get caught up in the glitz and glamour of having a job in media. As much as we’ve celebrated our wins and our beauty, the heart of what we do for the Black community is to be a source for change, healing and affirmation.”

And this is exactly why Cori embodies the true essence of leadership. So to celebrate her wins, and her recent 20th anniversary with ESSENCE, we’re sharing 20 beauty questions with Cori Murray. You’re welcome.

1. What is your go-to lipstick color and brand?

MAC’s Ruby Woo.

2. What is your favorite beauty/body feature to accentuate?

If I’ve been working out so I love to show off my arms, and neckline. 

3. Do you know the difference between 4A and 4C hair?

No I don’t and I don’t care to know.

4. When did you first start discovering your go-to beauty look?

When I started doing more TV appearances. If I didn’t have a MUA, I became pretty good doing my own make up and discovering what worked on me: dark eyeliner, gold shadow and my Ruby Woo. 

5. At what age do you think girls should be able to start wearing makeup?

Before I had my daughter I would say 16, but now that I’m a mother, I’d say no make up until prom night.

6. What’s one of the most important things your mother taught you about your beauty?

Always have on lipstick because you never know who you’ll meet.

7. What’s one beauty trend that’s gone out of style but you’ll never give it up?

Dark lip liner and gold lip gloss. It was very mid 90s, but I still love it.

8. Eyebrows, thin or thick?

In between. I’ve had an eyebrow scar for as long as I can remember so my eyebrows have always had one look. Since I discovered threading, which I’ve done for about 15 years, I only ask for a clean up.

9. What’s one beauty trend that you wish would go out of style or never come back?

Razor thin eye brows.

10. Who’s your celebrity beauty crush?

Beyoncé. Seems obvious because the world idolizes her. Her beauty is very simple because she’ never in a ton of makeup. Also when she laughs, she lights up even more.

11. Name one celebrity that was more stunning than you could have imagined when you met her?

I hope he doesn’t take this the wrong way but Larenz Tate. He’s not really stunning, but I’ve been watching this man since Menace II Society and he looks exactly the same. THE SAME. Every time I see him in person, I’m always shocked how good he looks.

Larenz Tate in August 2019 in New York City (Monica Schipper/Getty Images)

12.What’s your beauty “thing?”

Hair. I can go years without a facial but my hair needs regular attention.

13. When day is your wash day and how long is the process?

Sundays. My process is greatly shortened since I’ve been wearing my sides shaved. Wash to twisting could take less than an hour.

14. What’s still your beauty woe?

After pregnancy, I developed eczema on my face. It’s not so severe but it’s there and I know I must use serums day and night to keep it under control.

15. What’s one beauty application that you still can’t master?

Applying eye liner to my left eye. On my right, I’m like Pat McGrath! But that left one is always a struggle.

16. Why is representation in the beauty industry so important from your perspective?

Working for 20 years at ESSENCE has taught me one valuable lesson: Black women want to be seen. When you look around at billboards, magazine covers, TV and movie posters, the number of Black women staring back at you can feel dismal. But when you see someone looking like you, with your skin tone and hair texture, smiling back at you in a subway ad, it puts a little pep in your step.

17. What’s your favorite brand for skincare? Hair care?

I’ve tried all kinds of skincare, but recently I was really impressed with Drunk Elephant. For hair, with my blonde highlights I really rely on color-treated products only like Redken. I do love Curls leave in conditioner for wash-n-go looks. 

Drunk Elephant C-Firma™ Vitamin C Day Serum, $80, sephora.com

18. If you were stranded on a desert island, what beauty device would you have to have?

One that vibrates (winks). But also some lip balm because I hate chapped lips.

19. Finish this statement. When it comes to beauty and fitness…

I find drinking lots of water can keep my skin clearer than any fancy serum, and although I’m not losing pounds when I work out, the ego boost that I get something goes a long way. 

20. What do you think it the most important thing for women to do on self-care Sundays?

Spend some time reminding yourself what you love about you.

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Panelists Selected To Review The Police Department Responsible For Atatiana Jefferson’s Death

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It’s been a little over a month since a police officer shot into the window of Atatiana Jefferson’s home, killing her as she played video games with her 8-year-old nephew. Now a panel consisting of legal experts, civil rights workers, and law enforcement specialists have been selected to review the police department responsible for her death.

Though disgraced officer Aaron Deane has been charged with Jefferson’s murder, incidents of police violence emitting from the Fort Worth Police Department have been numerous. According to the Associated Press, the killing of the 28-year-old human resources officer and family caretaker was the sixth fatal police shooting since June and the ninth overall shooting this year. 

Profile photo of Atatiana Jefferson, whose death spurred the assemblage of a police department review board.Atatiana Jefferson’s death spurred the review of the Fort Worth Police Department.

“I want to go ahead and dispel the myth that this is somehow a one-off — that this was just a bad-luck incident from an otherwise sound department,” Lee Merritt, a civil rights attorney representing Jefferson’s family, said at a press conference following her death. “The Fort Worth Police Department is on pace to be one of the deadliest police departments in the United States.” 

Police involved shootings have furthered the distrust for police officers among Fort Worth’s Black community. The establishment of the department’s review panel is intended to be a step toward improving and retaining public trust and confidence, according to Fort Worth City Manager David Cooke who released a statement about the panel on Nov. 8.

The eight-person panel which will be led by Dr. Theron L. Brown and Dr. Alex del Carmen, who Cooke says both have extensive police reform experience, was presented to city council members on Tuesday, NBC DFW reported. The members are expected to vote on Lynda Garcia, Emily Gunston, Tom Petroski, JD, Jonathan Smith, Marcia Thompson, Esq., and Dr. Rita Watkins on Nov. 19. The review is expected to take upwards of a year. 

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Best Beauty Gifts for Makeup Lovers in 2019 — Holiday Beauty Gift Guide

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Here are the best holiday gifts to get for any person in your life who’s obsessed with beauty. We’ve selected hair, skin, and makeup products for beauty-lovers from beloved brands such as MDNA, Pat McGrath Labs, Benefit, and more.

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‘Insecure’ Star Jay Ellis Just Became A Father

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Another handsome fella from the Insecure cast just became a proud papa.

Following behind Sarunas Jackson, who welcomed a daughter with fellow Insecure actress Dominique Perry, is Jay Ellis. The actor, who plays Lawrence on the show, just welcomed a daughter of his own with his longtime model girlfriend Nina Senicar.

The announcement was made official on Instagram, with both parents posting a glimpse of their precious newborn.

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A post shared by Jay Ellis (@jayrellis) on Nov 12, 2019 at 7:08pm PST

Senicar gushed about becoming a mother. In the picture also shared on her IG page, she writes, “And just like that our lives got a whole new meaning. Welcome, Nora Grace Ellis ♥ 8.11.2019.”

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – NOVEMBER 17:Jay Ellis (R) and Nina Senicar attend the amfAR Inaugural Celebrity Poker Tournament on November 17, 2018 in San Francisco, California.(Photo by Kimberly White/Getty Images)

Ellis and Senicar have kept their relationship generally low key, but have reportedly been dating since 2015. “I am in a relationship. I’m in a very happy relationship, and that’s where I leave it,” Ellis told the hosts of The Breakfast Club back in 2017. “I don’t really worry about anything else, and that’s it. I think for me, we give so much of ourselves in what we do no matter what side of the industry we’re on, so for me… a relationship for me is probably the most important thing that I think two people can have.”

The two have appeared on a few red carpets together, and Senicar had been documenting her pregnancy on Instagram.

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Osam meseci ljubavi, nežnosti, ženstvenosti, sreće, panike, straha, suza, smeha, neizvesnosti, uzbudjenja… Osam meseci sa njom. ♥ Otto mesi di amore, tenerezza, femminilità, felicità, panico, paura, lacrime, sorrisi, solitudine, eccitazione… Otto mesi con lei. ♥ Eight months of love, tenderness, femininity, happiness, panic, fear, tears, smiles, uncertainty, excitement… Eight months with her. ♥ #8monthspregnant

A post shared by Nina Senicar (@ninasenicar) on Sep 19, 2019 at 11:01am PDT

Under a gorgeous black and white maternity photo, she wrote, “Eight months of love, tenderness, femininity, happiness, panic, fear, tears, smiles, uncertainty, excitement… Eight months with her.”

In a Serbian publication called Story, Senicar revealed that she and Ellis were engaged. As of now, it’s unconfirmed whether or not they have gotten married.

Congratulations to the new parents!

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New York City Salon Will Learn How To Style Black Hair After Once Barring Braids And Afros

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A hair salon on New York City’s Upper East Side will teach employees how to >The New York Times reports that Sharon Dorram Color at Sally Hershberger agreed to the measure as part of a settlement with NYC’s Human Rights Commission.

An investigation into the biased practices of the salon was prompted after four former workers accused the business of discrimination. One complaint came from a white former manager who said he was asked to enforce a more rigorous dress code and hair policy on Black workers. The stipulations of the settlement are intended to help foster career advancement among Black stylists, according to city officials who spoke to NYT. 

woman with braids sits in salon chairBraided hairstyles like this one were once banned from the New York City salon.

“This resolution is another step toward ensuring that racist notions of professional appearance standards are not applied in New York City,” Carmelyn P. Malalis, the commission’s chairwoman, said in a statement obtained by the newspaper.

In addition to advancing the careers of Black stylists, the salon is required to pay a  $70,000 fine and partner with a New York City styling school that serves as an authority on Black hair for the purpose of instructing employees and starting an internship program for minority groups. A colorist and senior stylist at the salon will also have to complete community service with a racial justice group that fights hair discrimination.

New York City is one of few states that has specific guidelines around the targeting of people in the workplace based on hairstyles. The Crown Act, which was first adopted by California, extended the definition of racial discrimination to include “traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles.”

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Women, Let’s Win!: The Value of Money and Generational Wealth

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In a culture obsessed with living in the present, protecting your money for the future may not always be a top priority. But there are financial products available to help manage your assets for generations to come, which may ensure that your children and grandchildren have a bright future.

In collaboration with State Farm®, ESSENCE presents Women, Let’s Win!: a three-part video series designed to promote financial planning and literacy among Black women. State Farm Agent Tracey L. Harris sits down with bestselling author and lifestyle influencer, Ty Alexander; fitness and lifestyle influencer, Angelique Miles; and CEO of Clever Girl Finance®️, Bola Sokunbi, to discuss money matters.

This portion of their discussion lands squarely on generational wealth: transferring assets to your descendants.

Sokunbi emphasizes the importance of educating the next generation about money management, as well as creating generational wealth. “Money is not everything, but it definitely gives you options,” she said. “It opens doors.”

Learn more by watching the video above. For additional tips on financial wellness, contact your local State Farm agent. Also, be sure to visit LetsStartToday.com for other tips and financial resources.

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Ryan Destiny To Star In Barry Jenkins-Penned ‘Flint Strong’

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Star actress Ryan Destiny has landed the lead role in the upcoming film Flint Strong.

Directed by Mudbound cinematographer Rachel Morrison, the first female cinematographer to be nominated for an Academy Award, and written by Moonlight‘s Barry Jenkins, Flint Strong tells the story of Gold Medal-winning boxer Claressa “T-Rex” Shields, following her journey from Flint, Michigan to the Olympics.

The film is Destiny’s first major studio role following her starring role in Lee Daniels’ hit Fox series Star.

Variety reports that the project is based on the 2015 boxing documentary T-Rex, which took an intimate look at Shields’ rise to fame.

Along with her starring role in Flint Strong, Destiny is also set to appear in the third season of Freeform’s Grown-ish as Jillian, a film student who transfers to Cal U from an HBCU.

Congrats, sis!

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Internet Reacts to John Legend Being Named People’s 2019 Sexiest Man Alive

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People Magazine has named its Sexiest Man Alive for 2019: John Legend, who reacted to the new in total shock that he’s following in Idris Elba’s footsteps. As always, his wife, Chrissy Teigen, has plenty of jokes to crack about it on Twitter.

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Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick Considering Presidential Run

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Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is said to be considering a run for the White House, according to multiple reports. The news comes days after talks of former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg entering the 2020 race made headlines.

Patrick, 63, currently serves as the managing director at Bain Capital, a position he assumed after serving the state of Massachusetts from 2007 to 2015. He was elected in 2006, following former presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s departure from the role.

Among the Democratic party, Patrick has kept a high-profile. The Chicago native is close friends with the former first family, and just last week, Senator Elizabeth Warren told Angela Rye during a talk in North Carolina that the Harvard Law School grad would be among her picks for a presidential cabinet member if she won the 2020 election. Sources say Patrick also had a call with former Vice President Joe Biden to inform the current frontrunner that he may possibly enter the race.

Deval Patrick gives speechWASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES – 2018/03/05: Deval Patrick, Former Governor of Massachusetts, speaking at the AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) Policy Conference at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. (Photo by Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Democrats familiar with the story say that Patrick is moved by his belief that the candidates currently in the race have yet to establish “political momentum.” He also believes that he can be the person to unite liberal and moderate voters, reports the New York Times, who also claims that top advisors for the former governor met early this week to discuss what a possible run would look like and started reaching out to potential staffers.

Patrick has not commented on the news publicly but those close to him say he can announce as early as this week. New Hampshire’s primary filing deadline is Friday.

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Inside Brittany Packnett and Reginald Cunningham’s Woke New Orleans Wedding

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Activists Brittany Packnett and Reginald Cunningham have devoted their lives to standing up for Black rights. Fittingly, every aspect of their New Orleans wedding honored those who stood before them. Studio BE was the perfect venue for their celebration of Black love, as it perfectly symbolized the pillars of pride and tradition that keep their love alive.

“Reggie and I met at a protest in St. Louis, our hometown, in 2014 during the Ferguson uprising,” Brittany told ESSENCE exclusively. “We were friends for two years, forging a bond on the street, organizing, protesting, and finding community along with the hundreds who made immense sacrifices for our freedom that year.” After discovering the commonalities in their lives, they realized the timing of their relationship was perfect.

What also came together was the location of their wedding. After they initially started dating, New Orleans was the first city Brittany and Reggie ever visited together, and quickly became their favorite. Not only did the couple return years later for a stunning ceremony rich in love and culture…they also did a bang up job with the “R&B Sunday” themed reception. Think of it as a ’90s house party all dressed up!

Trust us…you’ve never seen Black love celebration quite like this! Scroll through the gallery to see more photos from Brittany Packnett and Reginald Cunningham’s New Orleans wedding.

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