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After a long day of nonstop experiences, panels, discussions, giveaways and more, day two of the Essence Festival of Culture in New Orleans rounded out with a star-studded lineup of performances from top Black music stars of today. For the first time on the Essence Fest stage, Nicki Minaj delivered an hour-long set featuring some of her chart-topping hits like “Moment […]

Blazing new tracks for the Independence Day weekend: Cardi B featuring Kanye West and Lil Durk, “Hot S***” — After a week of teasing, Cardi B’s new song, “Hot S***,” arrived on Friday, featuring Kanye West and Lil Durk. In typical Cardi fashion, the track oozes confidence as she raps the chorus,”Oof (Oof), checks comin’ fast, I’m like swoosh (Swoosh) […]

ABC Cardi B dropped her much anticipated new track “Hot S***” featuring Kanye West and Lil Durk on Friday; her first single since “Up” in February 2021. The Grammy winner admits she’s so nervous about the song, she needs to do something to calm down. “I don’t even know what’s going on. Maybe I need to smoke weed again,” she told Zane […]

MARIA ALEJANDRA CARDONA/AFP via Getty Images This week, Travis Scott announced his first ticketed performance since the November 2021 Astroworld tragedy in Houston, and now, he’s making his comeback in the fashion world. After indefinitely postponing the launch of the Houston rapper’s Cactus Jack collection following the festival — which resulted in 10 deaths — Dior has announced […]

Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images Nicki Minaj is headlining the Essence Festival of Culture Friday night in New Orleans, and she is bringing more flavor to the Big Easy this weekend with the launch of her Rap Snacks chips. Named after the “Motorsport” rapper, fans at the festival will have the first opportunity to taste her Barbie-Que Honey Truffle Potato Chips. Rap Snacks […]

Essence Festival of Culture returned to New Orleans on Thursday, kicking off with a press conference featuring the Essence leadership team and top festival partners. Host Toya Wright and moderator Pauline Malcolm–Thornton, Essence chief revenue officer, were joined by sponsors to provide a glimpse of the hundreds of events and experiences taking place at the four-day festival. Emphasizing this year’s theme of “It’s […]

Tiffany Rose/WireImage The suspect in the killing of Nipsey Hussle, Eric Holder Jr., was attacked with a razor while in a jail-holding cell on Tuesday, according to his attorney, public defender Aaron Jansen. ABC Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV reports that Holder was waiting to be brought to court in the morning when Jansen says he was “assaulted by multiple individuals.” […]

Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic Saweetie is giving fans an update on her long-awaited debut album, Pretty B**** Music.  Taking to Instagram Stories on Wednesday night, the “Best Friend” rapper shared a life update with her dedicated fans, whom she referred to as “Icy Family.”  “These past couple of years have been a growing experience for me as an artist, human, but most […]

Getty Images for BET Lil Uzi hadn’t planned on attending the 2022 BET Awards on Sunday until 12 a.m. that morning, but in his interview with ABC Audio on the red carpet of “culture’s biggest night,” the rapper dished about what fans can finally expect from him soon — new music. It’s been two years since the “Do […]

Rodin Eckenroth/FilmMagic Ne-Yo is preparing to drop his eighth studio album, titled Self-Explanatory, on July 15, four years after Good Man. The three-time Grammy winner says a major reason his new project was delayed was the pandemic. “I wasn’t inspired at all, no,” he tells Haute Living magazine. “I gained a little weight, weight that I’m still blaming on the quarantine and still […]


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