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While Essence Fest is largely known for their memorable musical performances, fashion and cultural celebrations, it also focuses on educational growth in the Black community. Essence Fest created a “Community Corner” comprised of booths featuring 501(c)(3) nonprofits, colleges and universities and grass-roots organizations. It came as no surprise that the National Council of Negro Women…

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Another Essence Festival has come and gone, refueling us with great music, food and community. There were so many amazing events, from the HBO “Insecure” party to the beauty and style expos. Black folks came out styling at this year’s festival, including some of our favorite celebrities. Here are some of my favorite looks from the Essence…

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Simone I. Smith, the wife of LL Cool J, launched the Simone I. Smith Jewelry collection in 2011. Smith transformed her life-long affection for accessories into a thriving enterprise, one pair of dangling earrings at a time.  The Simone I. Smith Collection includes a large assortment of hoop earrings, bracelets, necklaces and rings. The collection has inspired several signature collections, including SIS by…

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A few short days from now, thousands of Black folks eager to relax, relate and rejuvenate will flock to The Big Easy for the 2018 Essence Festival, the nation’s premier event dedicated to Black music, film, art, politics, food, fashion and empowerment taking place July 5-8 in New Orleans. Between now and then, Joy Profet,…

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One entrepreneur from New Orleans saw an opening and took a chance six years ago. Today, MeMe Kelly has the most successful local pop-up shop in New Orleans during Essence Festival. Her event, Hair Glam Squad, gives businesses and brands a chance to display their products to thousands of people for three days at a…

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In the many videos that have been placed on online recording police abusing a suspect, the words “stop resisting” are frequently heard from police. These words are often shouted as the suspect is lying on the ground with one or more officers beating the living hell out of the person as he or she declares “I’m not resisting.”…

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