Sexual harassment, colorism, pay inequity workplace bullying, and abuse of power are just a few of the eyebrow-raising allegations being leveled against popular African American lifestyle brand, Essence Magazine.
A scathing piece entitled, “The Truth About Essence,” penned over the weekend by Black Female Anonymous—a collection of disgruntled current and former employees of the media giant—unveils the five-decades-old outlet’s allegedly toxic work environment, fueled by Essence’s Chief Executive Officer Richelieu Dennis.
Claiming Dennis’ “surface-level commitment to Black women is driven by greed and a debaucherous sexual appetite,” the discontented crew of writers charge the CEO with, “…a history of sleeping with women on the Sundial staff, (the parent company of Shea Moisture he sold to Unilever in 2017) and for the women who don’t seemingly consent, he openly sexually harasses them at private company events.”
“The Truth About Essence,” goes on to blow the whistle on the brand’s female executive staff’s alleged reign of terror, and begs companies like Coca Cola, McDonalds, Ford, and Walmart to pull their sponsorships with Essence and its annual Essence Festival.
Essence denied allegations of workplace abuse Monday, and said, “…the accusations of sexual harassment or misconduct are extremely serious matters, and we fully understand the gravity of the implications.”
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