Michelle Ebanks

Michelle Ebanks


Essence Communications Inc.

Michelle Ebanks

Michelle Ebanks serves as President of Essence Communications Inc., a leading media and communications company dedicated to African-American women. The organization is comprised of diverse media and entertainment properties with total brand reach of 21.2 million, including Essence magazine, the preeminent lifestyle magazine for African-American women; Essence.com, the award-winning, daily online destination for African-American women; and the internationally renowned Essence Festival.

Since Ebanks took the helm, Essence has expanded its reach and evolved its offerings through innovative brand extensions--spanning digital, television, live event and social media platforms. Ebanks has spearheaded a number of Essence partnerships and new business initiatives, including the international expansion of the Essence Festival to Durban, South Africa; the debut of weekly video series ‘Essence Live’ and long form docu-series ‘Black Girl Magic’; and the annual ‘Black Women in Hollywood Awards’ live event and television special in conjunction with OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network.

She resides joyfully with her husband and two sons.

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