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Essence Fest stars raise roof in NOLA Superdome

The 20th annual Essence Festival in New Orleans enjoyed four nights of enthusiastic fans rocking along with soul and R&B stars Prince, Ledisi, Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, the Roots, Naughty by Nature, Charlie Wilson and Lionel Ritchie.

Prolific and passionate author Walter Dean Myers dies at 76

Walter Dean Myers was as prolific as he was passionate about children’s literature.

The Brown men and Paul Robeson

Lawrence and Lloyd Brown were not related by blood as far as we know, but they had one thing in common: their kinship to the great Paul Robeson. Given his enormous genius, Robeson realized his deficiencies, which was another part ...

Bey named ‘Most Powerful Musician’

Beyonce, who made over $100 million last year, was crowned the “Most Powerful Musician in the World” by Forbes. The entertainer even beat Dr. Dre, whose Beats company sold for $3 billion to Apple last month. Beyonce played 95 shows ...

Zendaya relinquishes lead role as Aaliyah

Actress and singer Zendaya announced on June 30th that she will no longer play Aaliyah in the late-singer's Lifetime biopic.

Celebrating 20 years of Essence Fest

The Essence Music Festival will open on Friday, July 4 with iconic award-winning music megastar Prince headlining the first night of its three days of concerts at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. This will be His Purple Highness’ second ...

New Short Film to bolster the Education Children Learn at School

A familiar starlet plans to make a film aimed to inspire children with exceptional African American stories. Karyn Parsons, of Fresh Prince fame, intends to tell the story of the first Black Soloist ballerina for New York's Metropolitan Opera House. ...

Imhotep's Guide to Black events: June 26 - July 2, 2014

Join the Radio GBE tristate community for “Thank You For Your Kindness,” a life celebration for late Radio GBE producer and activist J.D. Livingston

Tributes to Michael Jackson on fifth anniversary of his death

Wednesday, June 25 marked five years since the untimely death of legendary entertainer Michael Jackson.

Five Years Since Michael Jackson’s death

Today officially marks the fifth anniversary since the death of the King of Pop.

Miles Way, Vision Festival, Ornette Coleman

To celebrate the trumpeter Miles Dewey Davis III’s 88th birthday on May 26, the street where he owned a brownstone (312 W. 77th St.) and lived for many years was named “Miles Davis Way” in his honor (the northwest corner ...

Tracy Morgan Critically Injured in Car Crash

Comedy powerhouse and “30 Rock” star Tracy Morgan is reported to have experienced substantial injuries after a stretch limo transporting him and four friends was hit by a truck on Saturday morning near Trenton, N.J.

Aretha Franklin Talks Radio City, New Album, Biopic Film

The “Queen of Soul” still reigns, and now more than ever, Aretha Franklin is still satisfying her fans as she receives an Ivy League honorary degree, prepares for the release of her new album this fall and throws a new ...

Uncompromising. Revolutionary. Loyal. Legend: Ice Cube

On June 13, Columbia Pictures releases one of the most anticipated comedies of the summer, “22 Jump Street,” starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller and produced by Neal H. Moritz, Jonah Hill and ...

Audra McDonald makes history at 68th Tony Awards

Audra McDonald made history on Sunday, June 8 when she became the first person to win six Tony Awards.