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Essence Music Festival

PHOTOS: R&B Singer KEM Takes Fans Behind-The-Scenes At Essence Fest

Huffington Post | KEM | Posted 07.22.2014 | Black Voices

Hello from the Essence Festival in New Orleans! I’m headed out of the Crescent City today to go to the studio to put the final touches on my new alb...

WATCH: Dave Chappelle Reveals His One Rare Experience During Comeback Tour

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 07.21.2014 | Black Voices

After selling out his recent string of Radio City Music Hall performances, Dave Chappelle is more than pleased with how fans have responded to his fir...

Essence Fest Makes History

AP | CHEVEL JOHNSON | Posted 07.21.2014 | Black Voices

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Essence Festival's 20th anniversary set a record for annual attendance, with more than 550,000 participants celebrating four ...

Essence Festival Marks Its 20 Year Anniversary

AP | CHEVEL JOHNSON | Posted 07.07.2014 | Black Voices

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It's been 20 years since Essence magazine first brought its "party with a purpose" to New Orleans and organizers say this year's ...

Terrence J Aims To Celebrate '365Black' During Essence Festival

Posted 06.25.2014 | Black Voices

As thousands of patrons are expected to attend this year’s 20th annual Essence Festival in New Orleans during the 4th of July weekend, McDonalds is ...

Anita Wilson Takes Gospel to More Relevant Heights With New Album "Vintage Worship"

Ernest Owens | Posted 07.12.2014 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

On June 24, 2014, music lovers around the world will hear a new sound of gospel that hasn't been experimented like this in years.

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...