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Robyn Crawford × Whitney Houston

In the latest episode of ESSENCE’s Yes, Girl! podcast, hosts Cori Murray and Charli Penn talk to Whitney Houston’s confidante Robyn Crawford—who reveals a side of the iconic singer that only ESSENCE can share.

While at the height of a whirlwind tour promoting her book, A Song For You: My Life With Whitney Houston, Crawford shares her own truth with the Yes, Girl! team on life with Houston—weighing in on everything from their bond, the first time they met, their friendship after Houston’s ex-husband Bobby Brown came on the scene and more. She shares with ESSENCE’s Yes, Girl! (time codes included):

  • ON WHAT WHITNEY WOULD WANT [12:09-12:35]: “…I asked myself that question, what would Whitney want? What would Whitney want? So my intent is to raise my friend’s legacy, honor our friendship because that’s what she deserves. That’s how I feel…”
  • ON BEING YOUNG, FEARLESS AND FREE WITH WHITNEY [15:06-15:36]: “…We were young, fearless, and ready, and I was a believer. It was happening. Everything she said was happening. She didn’t talk like, ‘I’m going to have a hit record and we’re going to…’ It was none of that. It was like, ‘I’m a singer. I sing. I’m going to get a recording contract, and stick with me and I’ll take you all around the world.’ And that’s exactly what happened…”
  • ON THE FIRST TIME THEY MET [17:20-17:50]: “…It all happened at that first meeting when I walked in and we met that day. It just clicked, something happened, and it was just a friendship that developed and it kept growing and growing. And it was deep because we were open, we were bare, we were naked. And when I mean naked, with our feelings and we didn’t think about what we were saying, we just said it…”
  • ON ROBYN’S BOND WITH WHITNEY [26:52 – 27:46]It was the bond, and the deepness, and the connection that we had. And it was beautiful. Those moments…I know I am very free when I express it in the book. And that’s because that’s what that moment felt like. Whitney used to always say, if you want a friend, you have to be one. If you love me, love me unconditionally. And that was something else for me to strive for, understanding what the word unconditional meant. And the love that I had for her was really deep. And that love she had for me was the same…”
  • ON HER FRIENDSHIP WITH WHITNEY AFTER SHE MARRIED BOBBY [35:42 – 38:04]: “…I did not know Bobby before the wedding. We never really got a chance to know each other. And, when they became a couple, I still really didn’t get to spend any quality time with both of them. But, while I will say about Bobby is she told me she loved him. And his behavior and the way I saw him treat her… let’s just say this about Bobby, Bobby’s behaviors played out in the press. And he and I were not squaring off in Everlast shorts and boxing gloves. That never happened. I was still in the same spot that Whitney always wanted me to be. Bobby never approached me personally and said anything to me about the rumors of our relationship. Not once. But I watched him make a mess of her trail. Bobby was funny. He had a way of shifting the attention to him anywhere, any place, at any time. That was Bobby’s talent….But I wasn’t competing for anything. I had her friendship. I was her friend. And he could have been a better friend too…”

Subscribe to ESSENCE’s Yes, Girl! podcast today, available for streaming and download on Apple PodcastsSpotifyiHeartMedia and Google. For more details visit ESSENCE.com.

About Essence Communications Inc.

Essence Communications is the number one media, technology and commerce company dedicated to Black women and inspires a global audience of more than 20.2 million through diverse storytelling and immersive original content. With a multi-platform presence in publishing, experiential and online, ESSENCE encompasses its signature magazine; digital, video and social platforms; television specials; books; as well as live events, including Black Women in Music, Black Women in Hollywood, Street Style and the ESSENCE Festival. Essence Communications is owned by Essence Ventures, an independent Black-owned, technology-driven company focused on merging content, community and commerce to meet the evolving cultural and lifestyle needs of people of color.

Essence & Trifecta Gala Team Up For Kentucky Derby

ESSENCE ANNOUNCED AS OFFICIAL MEDIA SPONSOR FOR THE 2019 TRIFECTA GALA AT THE KENTUCKY DERBY

Louisville, KY- Thursday, April 18, 2019: The Trifecta Gala, an official event of the Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Derby Festival has announced that ESSENCE will serve as the official media sponsor for this year’s event.  The 2019 Trifecta Gala is the premier Derby Eve event of the Kentucky Derby, and will be held on Friday, May 3, 2019 at the KFC YUM! Center in downtown Louisville.  The annual celebration, presented by former NBA star and Heartland Coca-Cola Bottling Company CEO Junior Bridgeman and his family, is known for bringing together influential individuals within sports, music, politics, business and cinema, in order to raise awareness and develop a call-to-action for disadvantage youth as well as for cancer and autism research in various communities.

For nearly 50 years, ESSENCE has been a passionate resource; providing information and inspiration for women across the globe to achieve their dreams.  Today, ESSENCE is once again 100% Black-owned and has evolved beyond its flagship magazine to serve Black women deeply as a digital-first, content, technology and commerce company.  ESSENCE is also the producer of the annual ESSENCE Festival, the world’s largest cultural, entertainment and empowerment experience and celebration of Black culture.

“For years our family has relied on Essence magazine as guide to news and what’s happening in and around our community,” says Eden Bridgeman, daughter of Junior Bridgeman and chair of this year’s Trifecta Gala.  “Because theirs is a media brand that celebrates cultural and relevant excellence, we are confident this is a partnership that will only enhance the overall guest experience and event itself!”

“The Bridgeman family and the Trifecta Gala represent our culture and our community, and the event’s purpose-driven mission is aligned with the spirit of the ESSENCE brand.,” says Moana Luu, ESSENCE Chief Content & Creative Officer.  “As the official media partner for this year’s fete, we are thrilled to present our storytelling at the storied Kentucky Derby!”

In addition to the recent ESSENCE partnership, the 2019 Trifecta Gala is shaping to be one of the Kentucky Derby’s most talked about events.  Last month, The Bridgeman family announced that R&B superstar Usher will headline the event during an exclusive and limited performance at the gala.

Sponsored by Coca-Cola, Baccarat, GH Mumm, Miss Jessie’s, Tito’s Vodka, Diageo-Circoc, Crown Royal, Bulliet, Churchill Downs, Bachman Auto Group and Meijer, the 2019 Trifecta Gala will benefit several charities that have partnered with the Bridgeman Charitable Group for this special occasion, including The V. Foundation, The Louisville West End School and The University of Louisville Autism Center.

Tickets are available for purchase at www.trifectagala.com.

About ESSENCE Communications Inc. 

ESSENCE Communications is the number one media, technology and commerce company serving Black women and inspires a global audience of more than 17 million through diverse storytelling and immersive original content. With a multi-platform presence in publishing, experiential and online, ESSENCE encompasses its signature magazine; digital, video and social platforms; television specials; books; as well as live events, including Black Women in Music, Black Women in Hollywood, Street Style and the ESSENCE Festival. Essence Communications is owned by Essence Ventures, an independent Black-owned, technology-driven company focused on merging content, community and commerce to meet the evolving cultural and lifestyle needs of people of color.

About The Trifecta Gala

The Trifecta Gala presented by the Bridgeman Charitable Group is an annual Kentucky Derby fundraiser benefiting various charitable organizations.  For the past 18 years, retired NBA guard Ulysses “Junior” Bridgeman and his family have hosted the most exclusive events during the Kentucky Derby weekend, drawing the likes of notable celebrities, influencers, top-athletes, as well as international CEOs and chairmen from diverse industries.  Each year, The Trifecta Gala celebrates the Derby while raising funds for specific charities pledging to make the world a better place through an evening to remember.  For more information on The Trifecta visit trifectagala.com.

About the V Foundation for Cancer Research

The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State University basketball coach and ESPN commentator. The Foundation has funded more than $225 million in cancer research grants nationwide. The V Foundation awards 100 percent of direct donations to cancer research and programs. The V Foundation’s endowment covers administrative expenses.  The Foundation awards peer-reviewed grants through a competitive awards process strictly supervised by a Scientific Advisory Committee. For more information on the V Foundation or to make a donation, please visit www.jimmyv.org.

About The West End School

The West End School is a free, private, college preparatory elementary and middle school for at-risk young men. Admission is open to boys entering pre-kindergarten through sixth grade who are on free or reduced lunch, are capable of doing academic work at grade level or above and who would benefit from a safe environment & high expectations. Middle school students board Monday through Friday and return home on the weekends.

About The University of Louisville Autism Center

The University of Louisville Autism Center at Kosair Charities is an ideal environment for targeting each child’s specific needs while fostering group thinking and strategies among practitioners. This approach allows parallel treatments to occur and makes the best use of the time available.

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MICHAEL LETTERLOUGH JR.

Michael Letterlough Jr. is an Award-winning fashion, commercial and portrait photographer whose work has been seen and published in national and international magazines such as Forbes, Vogue Italia, GQ, Vibe, EuroMoney, Ebony/Jet and Essence to name a few; as well as international selling CD and book covers, national ad campaigns, top modeling agencies, and countless celebrities – including Janet Jackson, Kevin Hart, supermodels Beverly Johnson and Janice Dickinson, and Hip-Hop mogul, Russell Simmons.

However, it’s the work Michael has created with such companies as American Express, Nike, and the Bravo TV Network, as well as smaller businesses and individual personalities that positions his style of imagery as strong, commercial branding tools. When aligned with businesses – big and small – Michael has the ability to creatively and ingeniously produce photographs that not only perfectly represent their brand, but also command an audience’s attention.

Michael was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and graduated with a degree in Communications/Magazine Journalism from Temple University. After beginning his professional career as an entertainment journalist, he eventually discovered his passion for photography and developed much of his photography career living in New York City. Michael currently lives in Los Angeles, California.

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Bibi Bourelly “Writer’s Song”

Def Jam Recordings artist Bibi Bourelly, who reigns as one of today’s most talked-about performers and in-demand songwriters, returns to the front line with a new track and video released today, “Writer’s Song.” The track will be included on Bibi’s upcoming project, details to be announced in the weeks ahead.

Writer’s Song” is the first new music from Bibi Bourelly since Boy (In Studio) (August 2017), a 4-song EP of live studio recordings that delved into boy/relationships through the prism of Bibi’s life, in and out of the spotlight.  With each track, she shared anecdotes and insights.  Fans were treated to a preview of the live EP format during Bibi’s summer festival dates at Lollapalooza, Bumbershoot, Osheaga, Austin City Limits, Voodoo, Music Midtown, and other markets.

Bibi, whose career-defining single “Ego” reached Top 5 on the Spotify Viral 50, and on 12 independent country charts including the U.S. (at #3), Canada (#7), and the UK (#9), was the subject of a memorable page 1 Arts profile in the New York Times in May 2016. She continued to dominate the conversation with her song “Ballin” which charted at #12 in urban radio followed by TV appearances on NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, CBS’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Late Late Show with James Corden, the BET Awards, as well as features in major magazines such asInterview, Elle, Glamour, Billboard, Essence, The Fader, and many more. The video for “Ego,” filmed in Berlin, has surpassed over 2 millionYouTube views to date and “Ballin” video has surpassed over 2.4 millionYouTube views to date.

VP Plaza España Design

VP Plaza España Design hotel recently opened its doors in the center of Madrid, offering luxury accommodations wrapped into an unprecedented design philosophy, whose main protagonist is art. Prominent Spanish artists have contributed their unique works and creations, making this property an icon of design, architecture and art in the capital of Madrid.

Guests will be able to immerse themselves in an atmosphere where decor, furniture, architecture, and luxurious service co-exist in perfect harmony, offering an experience that goes far beyond accommodations. It is a philosophy that breaks the boundaries of what has already been done in the past and allows visitors to enjoy the essence of design, for a one-of-a-kind experience from beginning to end.

VP Plaza España Design worked with key Spanish designers, artists, and architects for the conceptualization of its façade and public spaces, which allows its facilities to have a distinctive and distinguished touch that makes it an unparalleled luxury option in Madrid. The hotel features include work by Pere Gifre, Dario Urzay, Fernando Palacios, Nacho Zubelzu, Veronica Domingo, and Héléne Bergaz, as well as Patricia San Juan, Marre, and Jan Hendrix.

Symbiosis of Art and Ingenuity

The selection of artists who have collaborated to bring life to the greatest icon of luxury and design represents a harmonious blend of disciplines, trends, visions, expressions, and styles. All of them carry a solid national and international trajectory, deserving of outstanding recognition for their iconic works inside and outside of Spain. Each, with their own inspiration, have made a contribution of exclusive creations, devised within the design philosophy that Hotel VP Plaza España Design 5* has established.

Renowned artist Pere Gifre is the architect of the impressive eight-story waterfall that dominates the atrium of the hotel and creates an impressive visual illusion of water that falls in a magnificently artistic way, trapping guests in a sensory experience that mixes the wild side of nature with the luxury and tranquility of water.

A tribute to art can be experienced in the lobby, where paintings created by the Bilbao Dario Urzay can be appreciated. The paintings highlight the artist’s personal poetics combined with his ability to induce new forms of knowledge and communication.

The corridors are also sure to catch guests’ attention as the painter and sculptor, Fernando Palacios, showcases material language with nearly three-dimensional forms that exude a special meaning of life in a luxurious context. His works of art may also be admired in some of the hotel rooms.

The mural “Buscando a un hombre,” created from Nacho Zubelzu’s inspiration, can be seen in front of the hotel elevators. Zubelzu’s impressive collages decorating the bar and lobby area bathrooms were made with the intention of creating an “art bar.”

An innovative and unique redesign of the aesthetics of the landscape is reflected in the works of Madrid-born Héléne Bergaz. The artist’s creations give a master touch to the hotel rooms, with a vanguardist approach of photographic montages with meteorites bearing his unmistakable stamp.

Verónica Domingo’s impressive paintings, created with Indian ink, decorate the hotel’s impressive suites. She shows her passion for Asian art and calligraphy, creating infinite value in the construction of a complex and abstract framework.

For more information, please visit www.plazaespana-hotel.com.

GRETA CONSTANTINE SS18 PRESENTATION

On September 6, the GRETA CONSTANTINE SS18 NYFW PRESENTATION, took place. The presentation featured Greta Constantine’s  KIRK PICKERSGILL and STEPHEN WONG joined by TAMI WILLIAMS, FRANCESCA CURRAN, NAKI DEPASS, and more The show, celebrated 10 years of their womenswear label Greta Constantine with a Canadian-Girl-Gang invasion of New York Fashion Week.

Many looks were present among them,  an Orange silk tulle FAUSTINO dress with chain strap detail, Multi-colour asymmetrical sequin MARSHALL jacket, Black silk tulle DANIELE crinoline; and a Blue sequin TRIXIE bolero with black silk wool trim detail, Green silk tulle FAUSTINO dress with tube style straps, Black silk tulle DANIELE crinoline.

ABOUT GRETA CONSTANTINE 

CAFA 2016 Womenswear Designer of the Year winner Greta Constantine is an accessible luxury line of ready-to-wear womenswear based in Toronto, Canada. Designers Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong, considered the “jersey boys of Toronto,” have rapidly accumulated a clientele comprised of international socialites and celebrities alike. The label itself is derived from the combination of the name of Stephen’s mother, Greta, with that of Kirk’s grandfather, Constantine. The pair works together in their Toronto area studio — conceptualizing, exploring, and challenging the fashions of today for the women of tomorrow.

The inevitable product of their focus on the female form is design emboldened by sexuality. Yet sexuality and femininity more generally, are socially constructed in a dichotomous manner: ladylike or seductive; prim and pretty or body-skimming and revealing. However, for Pickersgill and Wong, these dichotomies mustn’t be treated as mutually exclusive properties. In the elegantly seductive world of Greta Constantine, it’s not surprising to see a backless top paired with a flared, midi-length skirt or a boxy, ruffle hem sleeveless dress that barely grazes mid-thigh in a shade of salmon, no less. And while the dresses themselves may be constricting to the female form, there’s something truly freeing about wearing a piece that is equal parts matron and vixen. After all, sometimes you just want to be both.

Celebrity fans of Greta Constantine include: TARJI P. HENSON, JESSICA BIEL, KARLIE KLOSS, OLIVIA WILDE, MARY J. BLIGE, RITA ORA, MILEY CYRUS, LANA DEL REY, COCO ROCHA, LEIGH LEZARK, YARA SHAHIDI, MICHELLE MONAGHAN, ALLISON WILLIAMS, ALESSANDRA AMBROSIO, GRACE MAHARY, ERIN MORIARTY, LESLIE MANN, FRIEDA PINTO, TATIANA MASLANY, NICOLE RICHIE, and more. Greta Constantine has graced the pages of British Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Essence, Fashion Magazine, Flare Magazine, Glamour, InStyle, Marie Claire, Maxim Magazine, Us Weekly, WWD, and more…

Greta Constantine is currently at the following retailers; Lord & Taylor, Kleinfeld, Etoile La Boutique, Harrods and Holt Renfrew in addition to select independent retailers worldwide including 24Fab in Spain, Andrews in Canada, Covet in Ireland, Edition-K in Austria, Etre in Saudi Arabia, Per Lei Couture in Qatar, Piaff in Lebanon, and The Pretty Committee in Mexico.

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