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Essence Music Festival

Luke James Talks Opening For Beyoncé And More

The Huffington Post | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 07.09.2013 | Black Voices

Don't let Luke James' recent recognition (or mild manners) fool you. Yes, the New Orleans-bred R&B crooner bypassed the local music circuit, landing i...

PHOTOS: Essence Festival Best Style Moments

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 07.08.2013 | Black Voices

The 2013 Essence Festival wrapped up last night with an electrifying performance by the one-and-only Beyoncé. And with a headliner like that and a we...

Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson

PHOTOS: New Orleans Moms Pray For An End To Gun Violence

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 07.07.2013 | Black Voices

NEW ORLEANS -- July 4, 2012, was Independence Day as usual for New Orleans native Chanda Burks. As she'd done almost without exception in recent years...

200 New Orleans Girls 'Imagine A Future'

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 07.07.2013 | Black Voices

Over 200 girls from New Orleans gathered in the city's historic Joy movie theater on Friday to see My Black Is Beautiful's (MBIB) documentary "Imagine...

Taraji Celebrates '365Black' With McDonalds

Posted 07.15.2013 | Black Voices

Among this year's many festivities taking place in New Orleans during the Essence Music Festival, the 10th Annual McDonald’s 365Black Awards were h...

Laz Alonzo: 'Dating Means That There's No Commitment Involved'

The Huffington Post | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 07.07.2013 | Black Voices

While this year's line-up of performers prepared to grace the stage for the kickoff of ESSENCE's 2013 Music Festival Friday night, another group -- bl...

REVIEW: Brandy, LL Cool J, Jill Scott, And Maxwell Shine At Essence Music Fest

The Huffington Post | Jermaine Spradley | Posted 07.07.2013 | Black Voices

NEW ORLEANS -- As the concert portion of the 2013 Essence Music Festival kicked off on Friday night, The Huffington Post was live on hand to take in o...

PHOTOS: Essence Festival Street Style Stars

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 09.05.2013 | Black Voices

The Essence Festival isn't just about music (although there's plenty of it). The 4-day extravaganza in New Orleans boasts insightful seminars, tons of...

PHOTOS: Jill Scott Rocks Dental Bling

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 07.06.2013 | Black Voices

Jill Scott hit the 2013 Essence Festival stage Friday night and like you'd expect she dazzled the crowd with her sultry voice and heartfelt tunes. But...

PHOTOS: Essence Music Festival 2013

AP | CHEVEL JOHNSON | Posted 09.05.2013 | Black Voices

NEW ORLEANS -- Avery(asterisk)Sunshine may be a new voice to some, but the 38-year-old Atlanta artist hopes more fans will be saying her name after he...

WATCH: 3 New Orleans Hot Spots To Check Out This Essence Fest

The Huffington Post | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 07.11.2013 | Black Voices

YouTube fame is fleeting, but a discerning palette? Now that'll take you places. First stop: New Orleans, home to James Beard Award-winning fried chic...

Guess Who's Back

AP | By STACEY PLAISANCE | Posted 01.08.2013 | Entertainment

NEW ORLEANS -- The Essence Music Festival is dropping the music – from its name, that is. The festival held in New Orleans every July 4th weeke...

2013 ESSENCE Music Festival Lineup Announced

Posted 01.14.2013 | Black Voices

Jill Scott, Maxwell, New Edition, and Keyshia Cole are among the star-studded list of performers scheduled to perform at this year’s annual ESSENCE ...

PHOTOS: Is Eve Bringing Back Her 'Fetish' Clothing Line?

Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 07.10.2012 | Black Voices

Before the 2012 Essence Music Festival wrapped up in New Orleans Sunday night, one of our favorite female MC's, Eve, hit the stage. It's been a whi...

PHOTOS: Street Style Stars At The 2012 Essence Music Festival

Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 09.08.2012 | Black Voices

We were down at the Essence Music Festival in the Big Easy this past weekend taking in all the the sights, sounds ... and, of course, style. Fashi...

My Black Is Beautiful Launches Big Initiative

Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 07.08.2012 | Black Voices

The Essence Music Festival is in full swing and while there are plenty of amazing music acts hitting the stage this weekend--like D'Angelo, Mary J. Bl...

'Cosby Show' Alum Talks About Her Return To TV

AP | STACEY PLAISANCE | Posted 09.05.2012 | TV

NEW ORLEANS — Actress Tempestt Bledsoe says she's thrilled to be returning to network television on a show that portrays "a positive black famil...

Laura Bassett

Planned Parenthood To Sponsor ESSENCE Music Festival

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 07.06.2012 | Politics

The Planned Parenthood Federation of America announced on Friday that it is a sponsor of the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival this weekend in New Orleans, ...

'Youth Day' Kicks Off At Essence Music Fest

AP | CHEVEL JOHNSON and STACEY PLAISANCE | Posted 07.05.2012 | Black Voices

NEW ORLEANS -- The Essence Music Festival kicked off Thursday with events geared for the young. Organizers planned to hold talks at the Ernest N. Mor...

Diggy And Doug E. Fresh Set To Kick Off Essence Music Fest

AP | STACEY PLAISANCE | Posted 09.02.2012 | Black Voices

NEW ORLEANS — One of the premier music festivals celebrating black culture and music is branching out, extending its footprint in its 18th year ...

D'Angelo Gears Up For Essence Music Festival

AP | Posted 07.03.2012 | Black Voices

NEW YORK — D'Angelo is making his comeback: The reclusive singer will give his first U.S. performance in 10 years at the 2012 Essence Music Fest...

Kevin Hart To Perform At Essence Music Festival

AP | Posted 04.24.2012 | Black Voices

NEW ORLEANS -- Comedian and actor Kevin Hart has been added to the main stage lineup for the 2012 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. Organizers s...

2012 Essence Music Festival Lineup Announced

AP | CHEVEL JOHNSON | Posted 03.12.2012 | Black Voices

NEW ORLEANS — Newly engaged queen of soul Aretha Franklin is headlining this summer's Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, and its other top p...

BET Sued Over 'Rogue' Telecast Of Essence Music Festival

Posted 01.02.2012 | Black Voices

The Hollywood Reporter TV One is accusing BET Network and MTV of hijacking its exclusive rights to the Essence Music Festival, featuring performanc...

Essence Music Festival 2010: DETAILS, Performers, Ticket Info

Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

Essence Music Festival 2010 will take place from July 2 to July 4 in New Orleans, and there's plenty of buzz about the event today after an announceme...