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Culture Queens NYC Dinner series is taking women in hip-hop to the next level. Curated by A to Z Curations, this event was the launch of a dinner series that will go to many cities as they honor women who have made a difference within hip-hop culture. The event took place at Jolie Studio in Brooklyn,…

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With the first day of summer quickly approaching, fun-filled food and music festivals are sure to follow. From June to October, cities around the world are producing music-inspired festivals to bring crowds together for a good time. We have compiled a list of 15 of the top music festivals that you don’t want to miss. YO! MTV Raps:…

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HBO premiered the highly anticipated second season of “INSECURE” for VIP guests and media during a private brunch at the Ace Hotel during ESSENCE Fest 2017 weekend. Following the screening, guests enjoyed a panel discussion moderated by “Insecure’s” podcast hosts Crissle West and Francheska Medina, and featured the show creator Issa Rae, executive producers Prentice Penny…

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Among the bulk of must-attend events at ESSENCE Fest in New Orleans, this year was Ford’s private press junket brunch spearheaded by Ford’s multicultural communications manager, Raj Register.  The festival sponsor hosted an exclusive dining experience for a hand-selected group of Black journalists representing a portion of the most respected media outlets in the country.…

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The McDonald’s 365 Black Awards show was held Sunday, July 2, at the historic Ritz-Carlton Hotel in New Orleans closing out the last day of ESSENCE Fest 2017. Each year, the program recognizes and celebrates African Americans who are excelling in their respective fields and for the first time ever the organization awarded only female…

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GIRLS TRIP cast and filmmakers including, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, Larenz Tate, Kofi Siriboe, producer Will Packer and director Malcolm D. Lee attended the event, along with celebrity guests including Issa Rae, Karen Civil, Big Freedia, Miss Lawrence, Elle Varner, Romeo Miller, Tank, Mona B. Scott-Young, Yandy Smith-Harris, and Leytoya…

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An upcoming episode of MTV’s “My Super Sweet 16“ will feature a new celebrity DJ, Sierra Roundtree, 16, otherwise known as DJ Beauty and the Beatz. The new series will highlight Beatz, her raw talent, and give everyone an exclusive  look at her 16th birthday bash. Beatz’s passion for deejaying developed in childhood, at the tender…

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We’re in the home stretch, as Essence Fest 2016 gears up to return to New Orleans with its cultural showcases, one-of-a-kind panel discussions and star-studded workshops on Thursday, June 30. Although performers won’t rip the mic until the next day, leaving three nights of powerful performances for festival-goers from Friday, July 1, through Sunday, July…

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The 20th Essence Festival was held in New Orleans, this past weekend. Trying to be cute and comfortable is not always the easiest attire to pull off. Though in the gallery, you’ll see many who did. Check them out. -joi pearson @joiapearson

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If you missed Essence Fest 2014 in New Orleans this past weekend, you missed a whole lot. Tons of stars, fans and brands flocked to the  annual music festival for a week of fun, music, and of course, celebrity sightings. If you were lucky, you took a photo with Lionel Richie or snapped photos of sexy actors like Laz Alonso…

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