Shonda Rhimes, Ava DuVernay, Debbie Allen, Mara Brock-Akil and Issa Rae are considered some of the most powerful storytellers on the scene right now. ESSENCE brought these five game-changing divas of television, film and web together for its May 2015 issue. The women are radiant in their cover photo, draped in all white, with gold and silver accents.
Inside, they discuss the power of social media, the impact of women in front and behind the camera and creating their own platforms. These game changers also talk about how they deal with spicy sex scenes, manage relationships and their demanding careers. The issue hits newsstands April 17.