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Essence Fest 2020 Canceled After New Orleans Mayor Suggests Ban On Large Events

Due to the global pandemic the annual festival will go virtual for the first-time ever.

SheaMoisture Puts Black Women Entrepreneurs First With New $100 Million Fund

Minority entrepreneurship is being pushed into the forefront more than ever before. People of color and members of the LGBTQIA+ community are rightfully shouldering…

Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige Headlining Essence Fest 2018

Janet Jackson and newly minted Academy Award nominee Mary J. Blige are among the headliners announced for the 2018 Essence Festival. The festival returns to the…

Black Boys Become The Focus Of Verizon’s New Outreach Program

FACT: Black women are the most educated group in the United States. There’s a higher percentage of black women enrolled in four-year colleges across the nation than any o…

Apple Music Gave Some Of R&B’s Fastest Risers Their Own Essence Fest Spotlight

This year’s Essence Festival brought the best and brightest in music, entertainment, and pop culture right to the heart of New Orleans. Crowds of over 450,000 flocked to…

Essence Festival To Expand To South Africa In 2016

Essence Festival is taking its talents on a global adventure. After more than 20 years of celebrating in New Orleans, the festival is making its first global stop in…

Times A Changin’: Luke James And Goapele On The Effects Of A Fast-Paced Music Industry

Before Soundcloud, Spotify and Snapchat, artists released their music and connected with fans the old-fashioned way. Whether it be on tour or during a backstage…

Ava DuVernay Talks Love For Bree Newsome, Black Twitter And New Hurricane Katrina Film

Director Ava DuVernay makes it her business to tell the stories Hollywood rarely spotlights. Whether it be her indie film Middle of Nowhere that made her the first…

Lil’ Mo Shades Prince on Instagram

Via VIBE: Lil’ Mo was a bit exasperated with Prince’s level of fame on Friday night (July 4) at the Essence Festival in New Orleans. After being denied entry to a…