November 29, 2008

Winfrey helps honor Taylor of Essence

Susan L. Taylor, editor-in-chief of Essence magazine, will be honored in part by famed TV host Oprah Winfrey at a New York event, a press group says.

A Noerdlinger Media press release Saturday said Taylor's 37 years with the magazine for African-American women will be recognized at next Tuesday's event that will feature appearances by Winfrey, music producer Sean Combs and author Terry McMillan.

Proceeds from the Dec. 2 ceremony will benefit the National CARES Mentoring Movement that is dedicated to pairing vulnerable African-American children with a caring mentor.

National CARES, which was founded by Taylor as Essence CARES, currently operates in more than 50 U.S. states.

Notable performers at Taylor's honorary event include singer Yolanda Adams and gospel star Donnie McClurkin.

Other notable attendees will include noted poet Ruby Dee, radio host Michael Eric Dyson, rapper Common and outspoken activist, the Rev. Al Sharpton.