Night two of the much-anticipated Essence Fest concert series at the Caesars SuperDome in New Orleans, saw soulful performances by leading ladies of R&B, Jazmine Sullivan, Summer Walker, Patti LaBelle and more. Janet Jackson headlined the night’s entertainment with epic song-and-dance showings of some of her most iconic hits like, “If” and “I Get So Lonely.” Straight out of the gate, the […]

Vice President Kamala Harris participated in a “fireside chat” with actress Keke Palmer at the Essence Festival of Culture Saturday, where she spoke on important issues pertaining to women and the Black community. Speaking on the “outrageous” decision to overturn Roe v. Wade — the law protecting the right for women to have an abortion — Harris shared her […]

Romeo Miller made his first public appearance since the news of the death of his 29-year-old sister Tytyana Miller, at the 2022 Essence Festival of Culture on Friday. From the Essence Wealth & Power stage, Miller, fellow panelists Lori Harvey and AT&T executive Michelle Jordan discussed ways to help advance Black representation in business. The 32-year-old entertainer also shared special words of wisdom for Black leaders who […]

Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds has recorded with a who’s who of female artists, including Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin and Chaka Khan, and the 12-time Grammy winner loves how female singers have become more sure of themselves over the years. Earlier this week, he announced his first new solo album in seven years, an all-female project titled Girl’s Night Out. The legendary singer/composer/producer […]

Noam Galai/WireImage Wyclef Jean is celebrating the 25th anniversary of his 1997 debut solo album, The Carnival, by performing a concert over the holiday weekend that will be livestreamed. The three-time Grammy winner’s show on Sunday, July 3, will be streamed live on the Amazon Music channel, on Twitch and on the Amazon Music app at 9 pm ET from the Toulouse Theatre in New Orleans. “When […]

Jamia Pugh Day two of the 2022 Essence Festival of Culture began at the Essence Eats booth with a cooking demo by New York’s chef JJ Johnson, who was joined by P-Valley actress Brandee Evans. Together they prepared a salmon dish using plant-based cheese — inspired by a favorite at Johnson’s rice bowl restaurant, Field Trip — and discussed the importance of healthy eating in the Black […]

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for STARZ — Taylor Hill/WireImage Denzel Washington and Simone Biles will soon have another award for their shelves. The two-time Oscar and Tony winner and the four-time Olympic gold medalist are among the 17 individuals chosen this year to receive the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The […]

Kevin Mazur/WireImage TJ Jackson has some news for Michael Jackson fans — his uncle is next in getting the biopic treatment. Daily Mirror caught up with TJ, the son of Tito Jackson, and he said a Michael Jackson movie is “going to happen.” If TJ could have any input, he would hope the biopic focuses solely on his uncle’s musical accomplishments […]

Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic After a week of teasing, Cardi B’s new song “Hot S***” arrived on Friday! Cardi teamed up with Kanye West and Lil Durk for the record, which the female rapper previously described as “masculine” and “great for the clubs.” In typical Cardi fashion, the track oozes confidence as she raps the chorus, “Oof (Oof), checks comin’ fast, I’m like swoosh […]

Kevin Winter/Getty Images After performing in the tribute to her mentor Sean “Diddy” Combs Sunday night on the BET Awards, Mary J. Blige is planning a special concert to be streamed in over 165 countries. On July 27 the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul will broadcast a prerecorded concert for fans all around the world on Apple Music.  “The last year of […]

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