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Essence magazine announces new editorial appointments and promotions

(March 11, 2014) ESSENCE, the preeminent lifestyle magazine for African-American women, has new appointments and promotions, it was announced today by Editor-in-Chief Vanessa K. Bush.

Lauren N. Williams joins ESSENCE as News Editor. Most recently, she worked at More, where she covered entertainment and culture as associate editor. Previously, she was an editorial assistant at Marie Claire, where she edited several front-of-book pages and wrote across the international news, lifestyle, and career sections. She also helped launch the magazine's periodical career supplement, Marie Claire @Work. Prior to editorial, she worked in marketing at Redbook and Harper's Bazaar. A native of Brooklyn, she graduated from Georgetown University.

Pamela Edwards Christiani returns to ESSENCE as Beauty and Style Director, where she will oversee both the beauty and style departments. In this role, she will lead her team to create solution-oriented content for ESSENCE's readers in addition to synchronizing digital and print coverage of the magazine's beauty and style sections. Most recently, she served as Style and Beauty editor of PEOPLE, where she covered celebrity fashion (for both on and off the Red Carpet) as well as for the brand's "Best and Worst Dressed" and "Oscar" issues. During her time there, PEOPLE expanded its beauty coverage significantly and launched its "Red Carpet Style" special. Previously, she served as ESSENCE's Beauty Editor where she was responsible for writing, assigning and editing articles for the fashion and beauty departments. Prior to this, she made her debut at ESSENCE in 1999 as fashion and beauty writer. A graduate of Vassar College, Edwards earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Africana Studies and Literature.

Deena Campbell joins as Beauty and Hair Editor, where she will oversee all digital content related to those two verticals. In addition, she will also help to develop the site's video "how to" series, forge partnerships with popular bloggers/vloggers and lead the launch of's revamped Hair channel to better serve women on their different hair journeys. Prior to joining ESSENCE, as a freelancer she wrote style articles for The New York's On The Runway and beauty and fashion related stories for Previously, she has held various editorial positions including beauty and fashion editor at, Associate Editor of UPTOWN Magazine, Co-founder and News Editor of and others.

Charreah K. Jackson has been promoted from Associate Editor, Relationships, to Relationships Editor, ESSENCE. She is responsible for conceptualizing and producing content on dating, sex and love for the magazine's 9.8 million readers. She also hosts lively discussions on love at the ESSENCE Festival and the popular video series "Ask A Brother." Before serving as Relationships Editor for ESSENCE, Charreah was previously an online editor for the magazine, helping grow to a daily destination of original content. In between her terms at ESSENCE, Charreah was the Associate Editor at Heart & Soul magazine and the Social Media Manager at Siren PR. She is a frequent speaker and moderator for relationship discussions at conferences, universities and women's organizations. She is a graduate of Howard University.

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