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Record Breaking: Essence Festival Audience Larger Than Ever Thanks To ...

It’s literally the largest festival in the world and this year Essence Festival made new milestones with over 510,000 attendees in New Orleans for the four-day gathering during the July 4th holiday weekend. That number broke previous Essence Festival records, ...
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Back In Stride Again: Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly Returning To ...

After a five-year hiatus, the iconic Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly returns to the 2015 Essence Festival where they will headline the Friday, July 3 tribute to New Orleans. As a celebration of The Big Easy for the 10th anniversary since ...
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Whitney Houston: Where Is The All-Star Tribute CD?

After Luther Vandross suffered a severe stroke on April 16, 2003, jazz label Verve Music also released a tribute album to Vandross. The CD was mixed by Ray Bardani, who recorded and mixed most of Luther’s music over the years. ...
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Lil John Roberts: Remembering George Duke, Co-Parenting With Jill Scott ...

He’s one of the industry’s most sought-after drummers, having worked with the likes of Janet Jackson, Elton John, Mary J. Blige and Snoop Dogg to name a few.  Now, after 20-years of supporting the who’s who of music’s finest, Lil ...
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Mary J. Blige: Father Stabbed In The Neck

The father of R&B superstar Mary J. Blige is in critical condition after being stabbed Thursday morning allegedly by his former girlfriend. Thomas Blige, who is 63, was stabbed three times – including one to the neck – during a ...
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Jacob Latimore: Teenage Star Turns Leading Man In “Black Nativity”

He’s an R&B superstar in the making and just may be a household name after audiences see him in the film adaptation of Langston Hughes’ “Black Nativity.” Jacob Latimore is only 17-years-old, but on screen he possesses the skill and ...
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Jennifer Hudson: Back To Her Beginnings In “Black Nativity”

Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson hits the big screen again on November 27 in the holiday musical, “Black Nativity.” A contemporary film adaptation of Langston Hughes’ celebrated Christmas play, Hudson stars as Naima in the film, the young mother of ...
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Donald Lawrence: One Magical Night Creates Two Volumes Of Music

In June, Grammy Award winning Gospel superstar Donald Lawrence culminated 20 years in the recording industry with live concert and DVD taping in Chicago that flowed like a master’s class in music. Held at his church, Living Word Christian Center, ...
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“Kinky Boots” On Broadway: Far From A Drag

If I had Cyndi Lauper pen a bonus track for the hit Broadway production “Kinky Boots,” it would be called, “Everyone Has Their Moment!” The tune would embody the story of stage veteran Billy Porter, who is certainly having his ...
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BET Launches Festival: Should Essence Be Worried?

Black Entertainment Television recently announced its inaugural BET Experience in Los Angeles—a three-day “music, entertainment and Black culture” festival nearly identical to the Essence Festival. The idea that BET would be expanding into the festival business doesn’t really raise eyebrows! ...