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Rock Star Rollout: Cast of “Get On Up” Gets James Brown Treatment On Promo Tour

Posted July 30, 2014 by jmurray

“The Godfather of Soul” James Brown was an icon in music who’s career spanned six decades and spawned anthems like ‘Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud,’ ‘Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine,’ ‘Living in America’ and ‘It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World,’ among countless others. The Toccoa, Georgia-bred entertainer [...]

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On Her Own: Trin-I-Tee 5:7′s Chanel Talks Tina Turner, PJ Morton & Solo Debut

Posted July 23, 2014 by jmurray

She made her debut in 1997 as one-third of the top-selling gospel trio Trin-I-Tee 5:7. Now, Chanel Haynes-Schwartz is making her own mark with the debut of her solo CD, “Trin-i-tee 5:7: According to Chanel.” Despite having shared the spotlight with group members Angel Taylor, Terri Brown Britton and lastly Adrian Anderson—who replaced Britton in [...]

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Black Bourgeoisie: Lifetime’s “BAPS” Has High-End Hoopla

Posted July 18, 2014 by jmurray

“Don’t judge us based on that clip,” Jason K. Wilson told a group of media professionals who gathered in a small room inside the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center during the Essence Festival in New Orleans to meet the cast of “BAPs.” This isn’t “B*A*P*S” the 1997 film starring Halle Berry, Martin Landau and Natalie [...]

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Lance Gross, Regina Hall & Jawn Murray
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Tech Talk: Lance Gross & Regina Hall Host Verizon Dinner

Posted July 15, 2014 by jmurray

Verizon Wireless returned as a sponsor for the 2014 Essence Festival. To culminate the 20th year of the festival in New Orleans, Verizon Wireless had an interactive booth activation at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center where festival attendees could explore technology, dance to live music, participate in celebrity meet-and-greets with Kim Burrell, Tank, Jazmine [...]

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P&G Executive, The Braxtons & Lisa Nichols
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The Braxtons: Reality Sisters Show Why Their Black Is Beautiful

Posted July 14, 2014 by jmurray

Procter & Gamble returned to the Essence Festival as a sponsor for its seventh year. The company returned with its My Black Is Beautiful (MBIB) campaign, a program instituted by P&G as part of its long-standing commitment to touch and improve the lives of African-American women. This year, P&G expanded its MBIB campaign with “Beauty [...]

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Will Packer, Iyanla Vanzant & Rev Al Sharpton
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McHonorees: Rev. Al Sharpton, Iyanla Vanzant & Will Packer Among 365Black Awards Recipients

Posted July 11, 2014 by jmurray

McDonald’s held its annual 365Black Awards honoring outstanding African-Americans who are making positive contributions to the community during the 20th Anniversary of the Essence Festival in New Orleans. McDonald’s 365Black Awards was launched in 2003 as an extension of McDonald’s 365Black platform, created to celebrate the pride, heritage and achievements of African-Americans year-round. Held at [...]

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Rhythm Ride: Ford Brings Detroit Beats To New Orleans Heat

Posted July 11, 2014 by jmurray

Ford returned to the Essence Festival this year, an event that they’ve been the premiere sponsor of since 2009. This year, the iconic automotive company began its road to New Orleans by partnering with R&B newcomer Sevyn Streeter on a Road To Essence web series. Streeter was especially excited to make her Essence Festival debut [...]

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Miss D: Said She’s Filling The Void For Absent Black Leaders On “Bring It!”

Posted July 10, 2014 by jmurray

Fans of Lifetime’s “Bring It!” get to see more of Dianna “Miss D” Williams and her award-winning Dancing Dolls troupe preparing for competitions and pushing themselves to the limit when the show returns later this month. The popular reality series that focuses on Miss D’s Jackson, Mississippi-based dance collective is more about winning 15 Grand [...]

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Merry Clayton: “Twenty Feet From Stardom” Star Injured In Auto Accident

Posted June 24, 2014 by jmurray

Power vocalist Merry Clayton, who was featured in the Oscar-winning documentary “Twenty Feet From Stardom,” was recently injured in a serious car accident in Los Angeles. The 65-year-old singer, whose voice is featured on songs by Rolling Stones to Ray Charles, suffered severe injuries according to the artist’s official website. The full statement read: “It [...]

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Michelle Williams
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Michelle Williams: Touring With Pop Powerhouses In “Jesus Christ Superstar”

Posted April 9, 2014 by jmurray

Michelle Williams has been cast as Mary Magdalene in the long-running global musical “Jesus Christ Superstar.” The Grammy-winning member of Destiny’s Child will hit the road this summer for an arena tour of the acclaimed show. Williams will tour alongside fellow musicians including N’Sync’s JC Chasez (Pontius Pilate); Incubus lead singer Brandon Boyd (Judas Iscariot); [...]

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