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Kelly Rowland joined #VerizonInspires ambassador Kwame in a panel discussion to speak on Verizon’s new Innovative Learning program. I must admit her interest in this first-of-its-kind initiative was quite impressive. Rowland’s statement about Black men having to play catch up was definitely not an attempt by the former Destiny’s Child artist to throw shade at our Black…

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This year may go down in history as the biggest Essence Festival to happen ever, simply based on all the star powered names confirmed to attend. For starters, first time Essence Festival participant Oprah Winfrey was in attendance on Saturday joining Selma director Ava Duvernay, and T.D. Jakes at the Marriott Convention Center. The main attraction…

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The Essence 2015 festival in New Orleans was a complete blast and the place was crawling with celebrities. Chef Roblé was spotted looking very stylish. Selma director/writer Ava DuVernay was seen up front checking out Missy Elliot’s incredible performance. Cynthia Bailey of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” was seen spying on Noel and her date. “Fashion Queens’”…

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Sexy celebrities Omari Hardwick and Tank bring their mates to Seagram’s Gin day party at House of Blues Seagram’s Gin took over the House of Blues in New Orleans during this year’s Essence Festival. Kicking the festivities off with a day party dubbed “The Black HollyWood Explosion” and special performance to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the…

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20th Essence Festival was held in New Orleans and hosted more than 55,000 people in the Super Dome. Through the crowds of people, we were able to pick out the best hairstyles — some natural and some braided, but they can’t get any more cute. Check out the best hairstyles at 20th Essence Festival in the…

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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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Ford Motor Company held a Ride and Drive event for the 20th Essence Festival junket participants. We were able to pick the car of our choice ranging from the F-150 to the Mustang and take it for a spin around the streets of New Orleans. A few of the upgrades that you can now choose on…

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Verizon Wireless hosted a private dinner at the famous Dooky Chase’s Restaurant with Lance Gross and Regina Hall during the Essence Festival.  Cameka Crawford, the multicultural communications and community relations manager for Verizon Wireless, talked about the company’s mission to help decrease domestic violence. “We know the technology can bring on change, one of the concerns that Verizon Wireless is…

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Mc Donald’s 365 Black Awards Show was held this past weekend during the 20th Essence Festival in New Orleans. The golden carpet was hosted by TV personality Janelle Snowden. This star-studded event featured performances and celebrities in honor of the outstanding individuals who make valuable contributions to the African American community. Hosted by Terrence Jenkins, who looked…

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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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Tamar Braxton hit the stage at the 20th Essence Festival and owned every minute of her performance. Playing crowd favorites off of her Love and War album, her Tamartians sang along as she danced on stage. Wearing her famous long blonde curls and a sexy red leotard, Braxton took over. Check out more photos in the…

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