New Essence features men


November 03, 1996|By Sandy Coleman | Sandy Coleman,BOSTON GLOBE

It has been a long time since I've picked up a magazine and hated to put it down. But November's Essence is just that good. It's the 15th annual men's edition. Once each year, the women's magazine turns over its pages to honor and hear from African-American men.

This year, the mix of male voices features a diverse group of young and old contributors. Blues singer B. B. King offers an excerpt from his new autobiography. Other writers include the late James Baldwin, self-taught clothing designer Karl Kani, and Cheo Hodari Coker, a Los Angeles Times reporter who writes with humor about his conflict over being a skinny man in a world where buff seems better.

Drawing on their personal experiences, the men write about dating, marriage, religion, career and other subjects, giving us plenty to laugh at, worry about and think over. Mostly they give us themselves, scars and all. The vulnerability revealed within these pages is endearing.

Pub Date: 11/03/96

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