Mariya Moseley

Social Justice

Rikers Island Was Named After A Judge Who Was Eager To Uphold Slavery

The infamous NYC jail complex - which is set for closure within a decade - bears the name of a 19th century judge who abused the Fugitive Slave Act, shipping free Blacks to the south and jailing others for years without a hearing or trial.

This Fierce Afro-Latina Is Fighting To Close The School To Prison Pipeline

Photo by Chris Alfonso For After growing up in D.C.'s highly policed school system, Pilar Barreyro knew her life's mission would be to fight for social change - her story will definitely inspire you to take action.

Everything We Know About The New Task Force To Find Missing D.C. Teens

Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser created the initiative following outrage that missing Black and Latinx teens weren't getting the attention they deserve. Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser recently announced that a task force would be created with the goal of helping locate missing children in the city.

7 Cities That Prove America's Problem With Contaminated Water Is Larger Than Flint

On World Water Day, we take a look at U.S. cities that are dealing with the environmental injustice of unclean water. While the national spotlight on the water crisis in Flint, Mich has exposed failure within the U.S. public water system, it's not the only city in America facing environmental injustice.

10 Things To Know About The Heartbreaking Story Of Kalief Browder

Here's everything you need to know about Kalief Browder, whose story is being displayed in Spike TV docu-series executive produced by Jay Z. At a time when the nation faces a crisis of mass incarceration with more than 2 million people in prisons and jails, the personal story of one Bronx man is revealing just how broken the criminal justice system truly is.


Michael Brown's Mother And Sister Graduating On The Same Day Is A Heartfelt Moment You Have To See

After dropping out of high school nearly two decades ago, Lezley McSpadden accepted her high school degree alongside her daughter. Nearly three years after Michael Brown was fatally shot by police in Ferguson, his mother and little sister graduated from high school on the same day.

9 Things We Know About The Mysterious Death Of Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam

This week, the NYPD declared the death of the esteemed judge "suspicious." The death of Justice Sheila Abdus-Salaam, whose body was found in the Hudson River, has been declared by the NYPD as a 'suspicious," exactly one week after her body surfaced.

Champion Boxer Remembers Muhammad Ali: 'They Used to Call Me a Female Ali'

The late Ali heavily influenced, current WIBA world champion boxer, Keisher McLeod who goes by the boxing name "Fire." On Friday, the world mourned the death of boxing legend and civil rights activist, Muhammad Ali, who according to NBC News died at the age of 74 from respiratory complications.

Trayvon Martin Will Receive A Posthumous Degree From The University Where He Was Training To Become A Pilot

Florida Memorial University is not only the place where Trayvon was learning aviation from the first Black pilot to fly solo around the world, it's also his mother's alma mater. More than five years ago, when neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman took the life of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin , he also took away the bright future ahead of him.

Ebola Survivor Who Was Named TIME's 2014 Person Of The Year Dies In Childbirth

Photo by Jackie Nickerson for TIME Salome Karwah, who survived the deadly virus Ebola, died last week in childbirth. There were many brave people who geared up in 2014 to fight against the Ebola epidemic that took the lives of more than 11,000 people.

Marissa Alexander Is Finally Free From House Arrest

The Florida woman who fired a warning shot in 2012 has been released. Marissa Alexander, a Florida woman who fired a warning shot in defense of her abusive husband a few years ago and couldn't claim " Stand Your Ground," was freed from house arrest last week after being jailed for three years and serving two years of court-ordered home confinement, Mic reports.

Bowie State Student Richard Collins III Laid To Rest As UMD President Announces Anti-Hate Action Plan

Lieutenant Richard Collins III, who was killed on the campus of The University of Maryland College Park, was laid to rest on Friday. This comes days after his family posthumously accepted his diploma from Bowie State University. Thousands honored Lieutenant Richard Collins III on Friday during a funeral service held at The First Baptist Church Of Glenarden.

This Is What The Wage Gap Looks Like For Black Women In Each State

Across the nation, more than 80 percent of Black women are breadwinners, yet on average, they are paid 63 cents for every dollar paid to a White man. Although Black women are now the most educated group in America, their paychecks are a long way off from reflecting that.

The Irony: Trump's Voter Fraud Expert Was Registered In Three States During Last Election

Reports show Gregg Phillips was registered in multiple states during the President's election. The person President Donald Trump has put in charge of looking into the millions he claims " voted illegally " was himself registered to vote in three states during last year's election.


First Look: Trump's Leaked Education Budget Proves Problematic For Essential Programs

A glimpse of the Trump administration's 2018 education budget proposal illustrates drastic changes to the federal education system. In documents obtained by The Department of Education could experience more than a $9 billion cut. The proposal, which must be sent to Congress for approval, depicts a collection of the 45th president's priorities alongside Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

22 Politicians Flood Congressman John Lewis With Support After Trump Attacks Him During MLK Weekend

After Trump calls Congressman John Lewis 'all talk' and 'sad,' politicians show him support after the president-elect's attack on the civil rights icon during MLK weekend. Just days short of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President-elect Donald Trump has lashed out on Congressman John Lewis, after he says he doesn't see him as a "legitimate president."

That's My President: Obama Leaves Office With One Of The Highest Approval Ratings Ever

Photo by Yunus Kaymaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images A recent CNN/ORC poll shows a 60 percent approval rating for Obama, ranking him third among recent presidents' approval ratings. As President Barack Obama enters the final days of his last term, a recent CNN/ORC poll reveals he will depart with his highest approval rating since 2009, landing him near the top of the list when it comes to presidential approval ratings.

Trump Declares "Unwavering Support" For HBCUs After Questioning Constitutionality Of Key Funding

Contradictory to the administration's claim of supporting HBCUs, it is possible that these institutions will lose key funding at the hands of Donald Trump. Despite the Trump administration's remarks back in February about "ensuring that historically black colleges and universities get the credit and the attention they deserve," recent actions deem this not to be true.

Obama's Record-High Diverse Cabinet Compared To Trump's Majority White, Male Cabinet

With an incoming cabinet of majority white men, we reflect on Obama's cabinet selections that were overwhelmingly diverse. Flashing back to Obama's cabinet selections from 2009, it's definitely clear that an enormous amount of diversity will not be reflected as the White House makes room for a new administration.

Betsy DeVos' Confirmation May Have Something To Do With All The Money Her Family Gave Republicans

The DeVos family has contributed millions to the Republican Party. Wonder how much that affected her confirmation... Betsy DeVos , the controversial newly appointed U.S. Secretary of Education, was just confirmed this week. But with nearly $200 million in donations from her family to the GOP, it seems apparent why.

5 Reasons Why Jeff Sessions' Confirmation Matters To The Black Community

The confirmation of Trump's Attorney General selection could likely set us back decades. President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for U.S. Attorney General, Jeff Sessions --an Alabama Senator who has been scrutinized for his history of racism and bigotry--is scheduled to be confirmed today.

What To Know About Trump's Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch

These are some things to know about Supreme Court nominee Federal Judge Neil Gorsuch. He could replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia. On Tuesday, President Donald Trump announced Neil Gorsuch as his nominee for Supreme Court Justice. Upon confirmation, Gorsuch will take the seat previously held by Justice Antonin Scalia, who died last February.

Trump's Alma Mater Disputes Allegations Of Him Graduating Top Of His Class

The University of Pennsylvania student paper released records that expose Trump after previous reports say he graduated top of his class. Turns out, he didn't even graduate with honors. For decades, reports have described President Donald Trump as graduating "top of his class," however, archives from his graduating class suggest otherwise.


Jay Z's Mother Reveals The Rapper Comes From A Legacy Of HBCU Graduates

In an ESSENCE exclusive, the mother of media mogul Jay Z opens up about the HBCU legacy in the famous family and how the Shawn Carter Foundation is helping underserved students fulfill their dreams. Gloria Carter's legacy is much bigger than raising billionaire and rap mogul, Shawn "Jay Z" Carter.

Bruno Mars Was Fully Committed To His Prince Tribute At The Grammys

The Purple One would have approved. A Prince tribute can only go one of two ways: either you nail it or you don't. There's no in between. Lucky for Bruno Mars, his big moment was a success.

Listen: Laila Ali Remembers Her Father Muhammad Ali's Legacy One Year After His Death

"My father. no matter where he would go, he would just bring people to tears," the professional boxer, author, and TV personality told ESSENCE. On June 4, 2016, the death of boxing legend Muhammad Ali shock the world.

You Have To Hear Mahershala Ali's Raps From Back In The Day

This Calvin Klein model and Oscar-winning actor used to go by the rap name, Prince Ali. For the majority of us, when we hear the name Mahershala Ali, we instantly think of his Oscar-winning performance in Moonlight, Hidden Figures, House Of Cards or Marvel's Luke Cage.

'This Is Us:' 5 Black Cultural Moments We Loved From The Emotional 'Memphis' Episode

In the most heart-wrenching episodes of the season thus far, there were several powerful scenes that highlighted the love between father and son, death, and a few standout Black cultural moments you may have missed. As soon as the episode opened with the melody "you are my sunshine," I knew I had a gut-wrenching 60 minutes ahead of me.

LOL! How Regina Hall and Her Friend Survived A Girls Trip to Jamaica With Only $100

You won't believe how Girls Trip star Regina Hall and a friend survived in Jamaica with only $100. This video is hilarious! SHOW TRANSCRIPT In my 20s my Goshas were fun and I was really broke. So they were always a little bit more of interest.

Gina Prince-Bythewood Almost Didn't Cast Sanaa Lathan In Love & Basketball

'Love & Basketball' Director Gina Prince-Bythewood who has teamed up to work with Sanaa Lathan in the new FOX series 'Shots Fired,' shares some juice about casting on ESSENCE 'Yes, Girl' podcast. Subscribe now to "Yes. Girl!" on iTunes, Google Play or Spotify.

Celebrities Take To Instagram To Celebrate The BET Awards

Celebrities are just like us! Check out some of our favorites, from Tina Lawson to Chance The Rapper, celebrating their wins and sharing behind-the-scenes moments from the 2017 BET Awards.

Pharrell On The Strength Of Black Women: 'They're Everything'

The Grammy-winning artist spoke to ESSENCE about the weight Black women carry, creating music for 'Despicable Me 3' and the legacy he hopes to leave behind. SHOW TRANSCRIPT [MUSIC] Hey, it's your girl Gia Peppers and I'm in Los Angeles today. The music master himself, Pharrell is here.

Cheat Sheet: Here Are 18 Memes And Tweets That Perfectly Sum Up Oscars 2017

In case you missed any of the big action, we've got you covered. If you like sleep, you probably didn't sit through the entire Academy Awards on Sunday night. But we've got you covered. Despite the Oscars flub at the end that nearly stole the shine from Moonlight's Best Picture win, the awards show was full of fun culture moments that left many talking.

Kenya Moore On Working With Trump: 'He's Irreverent And Has Always Been That Way'

The Real Housewives of Atlanta star opened up to ESSENCE about her experience with the now 45th president. The Real Housewives of Atlanta star, actress and entrepreneur Kenya Moore has a unique relationship with President Donald Trump. In 2015 she was on the seventh season of Trump's The Celebrity Apprentice 7 where she was judged on her business acumen.


Diagnosed with Colon Cancer at 31, This Woman Is Determined to Teach Black People the Risks & Signs

Imagine being at home one night in your living room singing along to music with your husband while making dinner, and then, just like that, the phone rings and your entire life changes without warning.

The Apollo Theater's Executive Producer On Maintaining Harlem's Rich Legacy

Photo by Shahar Azran/SA PRO, Inc. "Even if the community around us shifts and changes, we have to remain that beacon," the historic theater's Executive Producer told ESSENCE. With a background in theater, Broadway, and television, Kamilah Forbes has found her way to the Apollo as their Executive Producer.

5 Things Black Women In Human Resources Want You to Know About Winning At Work

Insightful tips you need on everything from resume building to navigating office culture. When it comes to enhancing your professional skills at the start of your career and navigating your way throughout the workplace, who better to get game-changing advice from than other women with experience in human resources?

Olympic Runner Alysia Montaño Bares Pregnant Belly At Track And Field Nationals, Inspires Us All

"I represent so many different people: women, Black women, pregnant women... I'm a voice and an advocate for them." For the second time, Olympian Alysia Montaño brought her pregnant belly with her to the U.S.A. Track & Field Outdoor Championships. Only this time, she's baring it all.

Atlanta's Premier Wedding Planner On The Business Of Love and What Makes A Great Wedding

The founder of Elly B events, shares her secrets to success in the booming wedding business, how she maintains her own marriage and what makes a wedding great. After continuously being asked for event planning advice, the light bulb finally went off for Eliana Baucicault.

This Super Woke Museum Publicist Combines Her Passion For The Arts With Her Desire For Change

With a family history in the arts and more than a decade of experience, this is how Fatima Jones is impacting change across New York City while being unapologetic about speaking up. With more than a decade of experience in the business of intertwining both media relations and the arts, Fatima Jones is definitely someone to look out for.

How This Knit Shop Owner Is Resisting Gentrification In Brooklyn and Leaving Her Mark

A Black female knit shop owner on taking a stand for your community. Brooklyn knit shop owner Claudette Brady has been making her own clothing since she was a kid. Today she owns and operates a knit shop and she's not only living out her dream, but she's also making a statement in the process.

Meet United Way Of NYC's First Female President

For the first time in their 75-year history, United Way of New York City welcomed their first female President, Sheena Wright. Learn more about her journey and why she says we need to "be in the room." Sheena Wright, who serves as United Way of New York City's first female President, takes being a social justice advocate to a whole new level.

How This Executive Went From Being Diddy's Assistant To Running His Company

Combs Enterprises' newly appointed President, Dia Simms talks to ESSENCE about the importance of HBCUs, having Diddy as a mentor and her journey to success. More than a decade ago, Dia Simms became Diddy's assistant at Combs Enterprises.

ESSENCE Network: From Juilliard and Alvin Ailey to Broadway, This Dancer Is Living Out Her Dream

This Texas native is nothing short of #BlackGirlMagic. It all started at the age of two for southern Belle Amber Pickens who is not only a graduate of the prestigious Juilliard School of Dance, but who also worked with the legendary Debbie Allen and Alvin Ailey.