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Monday, July 8, 2013

Essence Fest bows to Queen Bey

Three-day R&B event wraps in New Orleans with an evening of girl power and sexy guys. Beyonce at Essence. Beyonce performs on her Mrs. Carter Show world tour during Essence Music Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on July 7, 2013, in New more
USA TODAY ( 7/8/2013 7:24:35 AM -08:00 )

Essence Fest plies old-school charms with Maxwell
Friday emphasized women with Jill Scott's aspirational set, Brandy's Whitney tribute. Maxwell performs on Day 1 of the 2013 Essence Music Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on July 5, 2013, in New Orleans. (Photo: Donald Traill, Invision/AP) more
USA TODAY ( 7/8/2013 4:03:53 AM -08:00 )

Maxwell, Jill Scott, and LL Cool J rock the Superdome at Essence Music Festival
The 19th annual Essence Music Festival kicked off this year's first big night of concerts in the Superdome with rousing performances from headliner Maxwell, along with Jill Scott, LL Cool J, and Brandy on Friday. Brandy warmed up the crowd with songs from more
Entertainment Weekly ( 7/7/2013 7:06:33 PM -08:00 )

McDonald's 365Black Awards Honor Philanthropy, Culture
Among this year's many festivities taking place in New Orleans during the Essence Music Festival, the 10th Annual McDonald's 365Black Awards were held Saturday at the city's Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The event was hosted by Oscar-nominated more
Huffington Post ( 7/7/2013 9:32:30 AM -08:00 )

5 rising artists to see at Essence Music Festival
These up-and-comers join Beyonce and Trey Songz at the three-day New Orleans fest. lukejames1. Singer Luke James performs at the "Mrs. Carter Show World Tour 2013" at Staples Center on Monday, July 1, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo: Frank Micelotta more
USA TODAY ( 7/6/2013 7:03:41 PM -08:00 )

Brandy, LL Cool J, Jill Scott, And Maxwell Shine At Essence Music Fest (REVIEW)
NEW ORLEANS -- As the concert portion of the 2013 Essence Music Festival kicked off on Friday night, The Huffington Post was live on hand to take in one of the country's most important -- and fun -- festivals. Brandy, LL Cool J, Jill Scott, and Maxwell got the more
Huffington Post ( 7/6/2013 12:52:44 PM -08:00 )

Essence Music Festival 2013: Maxwell Brings His Sweet Falsetto To New
NEW ORLEANS -- R&B crooner Maxwell's sweet falsetto closed out Friday night's Essence Festival concert series in the Superdome that also featured performances by Brandy, LL Cool J and Jill Scott. As the opening strands of "Sumthin, Sumthin," wafted more
Huffington Post ( 7/6/2013 10:29:38 AM -08:00 )

Essence Festival 2013: Brandy, Jill Scott, Maxwell Set The Mood
Essence Festival 2013: Brandy, Jill Scott, Maxwell Set The MoodEssence Festival 2013: Brandy, Jill Scott, Maxwell Set The Mood. Brandy performs during the 2013 Essence Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on July 5, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Erika Goldring/Getty Images. 27. 83. 8. 0. Brandy, LL Cool J, more
Billboard ( 7/6/2013 8:56:06 AM -08:00 )

Jill Scott Gold Grill: Singer Rocks Dental Bling At Essence Festival & Talks
Jill Scott hit the 2013 Essence Festival stage Friday night and like you'd expect she dazzled the crowd with her sultry voice and heartfelt tunes. But the Grammy Award-winning singer, who was dressed in a mint green jumpsuit and a colorful printed wrap, more
Huffington Post ( 7/6/2013 8:32:58 AM -08:00 )

Brandy Norwood wows in studded hotpants with sheer shirt and fishnet tights for
Brandy Norwood dressed like she meant business and when she got on stage she certainly delivered the goods. The 34-year-old actress and singer set pulses racing at the Essence Festival in New Orleans on Friday with a very sassy outfit. Brandi wore tiny more
Daily Mail ( 7/5/2013 11:14:17 PM -08:00 )

Youth leaders tackle gun violence at Essence Festival
A celebratory holiday week took a tragic turn in Chicago Wednesday night and early Thursday morning, as shootings across the Windy City claimed the lives of three people and wounded a dozen others. According to the Chicago Tribune, all three fatalities more
MSNBC ( 7/5/2013 12:39:43 PM -08:00 )

Essence Music Festival: The magic and the business behind this summer's
Lionel Richie performs during the 2009 Essence Music Festival at the Louisiana Superdome on July 5, 2009 in New Orleans. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images). This article was originally published by the Grio on July 4. A week before the 2013 Essence more
MSNBC ( 7/5/2013 7:12:35 AM -08:00 )

NOW with Alex Wagner All MSNBC
Guess who's back! Alex will be broadcasting LIVE from the Essence Festival in New Orleans! Watch her show live from the Big Easy at noon, and you can even bring her a beignet Saturday at the @msnbc booth, from 3:30 ET/ 2:30 CT! This is as good as it more
MSNBC ( 7/5/2013 6:43:25 AM -08:00 )

The 2013 ESSENCE Festival Presented By Coca-Cola Celebrates Fourth Of July
STORY SUMMARY: The 2013 ESSENCE Festival Presented by Coca-Cola will take place July 4, 5, 6, 7 in New Orleans. Now in its 19th year, the ESSENCE Festival is the nation's definitive African-American live music and cultural experience. The ultimate more
Wall Street Journal ( 7/5/2013 2:36:29 AM -08:00 )

Coca-Cola Helps ESSENCE Festival Move, Groove and Enjoy Through 2015
At ESSENCE Festival, one of the hottest events of the year, Coca-Cola is there to quench every thirst. To pump up the heat, today Coca-Cola will be extending its agreement as "Presenting Sponsor" and the official ESSENCE Festival beverage. The ESSENCE more
Wall Street Journal (press release) ( 7/4/2013 7:03:46 PM -08:00 )

Essence Festival to include Beyonce, LL Cool J, more
Essence Festival to include Beyonce, LL Cool J, moreNEW ORLEANS - Actor and comedian Steve Harvey hosted a barbecue contest where he "ribbed" contestants before an audience, while on a nearby stage dance party hit-maker Cupid had hundreds on their feet as he sang "Do Ya Thang" and "Cupid Shuffle more
Newsday ( 7/4/2013 2:04:44 PM -08:00 )

19 years later, Essence Fest still holding strong
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Nearly two decades after Essence magazine launched a festival here to "party with a purpose" and celebrate black culture, music and people, the Essence Fest may be facing some new competition. Like Essence this weekend, last more
Businessweek ( 7/3/2013 7:37:24 AM -08:00 )

Beyonce at Essence Fest : Did she ' Run The World ' ?
"The power of Beyonce was evident even before she materialized onstage Sunday to close out the 2013 Essence Fest," writes Keith Spera. "Signs posted on the windows of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome box office announced that tickets to Sunday night's more ( 7/8/2013 7:00:09 AM -08:00 )

Essence Fest 2013 live updates: Beyonce, Janelle Monae, Luke James and more
Follow along as | The Times-Picayune reporters Keith Spera, Alison Fensterstock and Chelsea Brasted cover Sunday night's final Essence Fest performances at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome via the Twitter feed below. Headliners include more ( 7/8/2013 5:40:43 AM -08:00 )

Essence Fest 2013 in review : A look back at our top headlines
Essence Fest's 19th annual showcase of urban contemporary music closed out its all-star lineup with a sold-out crowd Sunday night courtesy of one Beyonce, who once again electrified the crowd and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome just five months after her more ( 7/8/2013 5:28:32 AM -08:00 )