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The Lincoln Motor Company returned this year as exclusive automotive sponsor for ESSENCE’s eighth annual Black Women in Music event held last night in Los Angeles. 2017 marks the eighth consecutive year Lincoln has been exclusive automotive sponsor for the event. This year’s event celebrated nominees from the biggest night in music, along with singer/songwriter…

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On Monday, Sept. 22, Hollywood celebrated the Jimi Hendrix biopic, Jimi: All Is By My Side starring André 3000 with a special screening of the film. In attendance were cast member André “3000” Benjamin (OutKast); director and writer John Ridley (writer, 12 Years a Slave); composer Danny Bramson (music producer, Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous); producer Brandon Freeman; and composer and guitarist Waddy Wachtel. Special guests…

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Gary Clark, Jr. gave a lesson on the essence of blues and rock & roll during a performance at The Tabernacle in Atlanta. With his guitar and band in tow, the Austin-bred musician performed songs from his latest album Blak and Blu. Similar to a new age Jimi Hendrix, he performed “Bright Lights,” “Glitter Ain’t…

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Last year in Philadelphia, Jay Z curated the “Made In America Festival.” The event was filmed by Ron Howard and now the Made In America documentary will premiere on Showtime at 9 p.m. ET/PT Oct. 11 and will make a Sept. 7 debut at the Toronto International Film Festival. Performances and interviews include appearances by Pearl Jam, Kanye…

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Blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr. doesn’t hype the crowd or work the stage much. But he kept the standing room-only crowd mesmerized with his music, which can best be described as a mix of Muddy Waters and Jimi Hendrix with an occasional side trip to Led Zeppelin.   Clark did all the songs from his latest…

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