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Kanye West, Mary J. Blige, Usher jam at Essence Music Festivalupdated: Tue Jul 05 2011 17:14:00

After back-to-back stomach clutching renditions of "Not Gon' Cry" and "I'm Going Down" at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans Sunday night, Mary J. Blige pulled off an Oprah-worthy seminar on affirmation with "Just Fine" to close out the three-day fest, which celebrates black music and African-American culture.

People.com: Essence Music Festival in New Orleans: Kanye West, Usher and Jennifer Hudson Will Performupdated: Fri Jul 01 2011 14:29:00

The power acts will join New Edition, who will reunite for the event after 30 years

Commentary: Negative portrayals of black women on reality TVupdated: Fri Jul 01 2011 08:03:00

I'll be honest, I love reality TV.

People.com: New Edition Reuniting at Essence Music Festivalupdated: Wed Jun 29 2011 20:50:00

"All of us are psyched about it," singer Bobby Brown tells PEOPLE

New Edition plans to reunite at Essence Music Festivalupdated: Wed Jun 29 2011 17:02:00

After 30 years of albums, turmoil and solo projects, New Edition is finally reuniting July 3 at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans.

Principal's tough love, high expectations gets kids into collegeupdated: Tue Nov 02 2010 16:25:00

Principal Steve Perry doesn't believe in cursory inspections. For him, every single detail matters. T's are always crossed, I's are always dotted. Shirts are always buttoned and

Essence under fire for hireupdated: Fri Jul 30 2010 13:43:00

CNN's Anderson Cooper and his panel discuss Essence magazine's decision to hire a white fashion director.

Essence magazine offers lesson on raceupdated: Fri Jul 30 2010 13:43:00

Essence, the nation's premiere black women's magazine, caused a firestorm recently when it hired a white woman as its full-time fashion director. With all due respect to the critics, Essence magazine got it right.

Essence Magazine defends choice of white fashion directorupdated: Thu Jul 29 2010 10:32:00

The editor of Essence Magazine defended Wednesday her recent hiring of a white fashion director -- a first for the 40-year-old publication that celebrates black women.

People.com: Alicia Keys & Her Baby Bump Tumble On Stageupdated: Wed Jul 07 2010 09:49:00

Pregnant Alicia Keys got gasps from the audience when she landed on her rump

People.com: Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubry Splitupdated: Fri Apr 30 2010 16:15:00

After four years together, the couple are reportedly hammering out a custody agreement for daughter Nahla, 2

Colin Powell on African-American fathers, volunteeringupdated: Mon Nov 02 2009 19:35:00

On the first anniversary of the historic 2008 election, retired Gen. Colin Powell, the first African-American secretary of state, talks one-on-one with CNN's Don Lemon for Essence Magazine about the most pressing issues facing black men in the age of President Obama. Don Lemon: President Barack Obama issued a national call to service. Do you think African-Americans have answered that call?

'What Matters' this weekupdated: Mon Aug 24 2009 12:08:00

In "What Matters," we are partnering with Essence Magazine to look at African-American issues that matter to everyone.

'What Matters'updated: Mon Aug 10 2009 11:46:00

In "What Matters", we partner with Essence magazine to look at African American issues that "matter" to everyone.

People.com: Ne-Yo Is Prepped for New Orleans Concert - And the Gumboupdated: Fri Jul 03 2009 11:26:00

Fresh off filming a new movie, the singer will perform at the Essence Music Festival on Friday

'What Matters' this weekupdated: Mon Jun 22 2009 09:58:00

In "What Matters", we partner with Essence Magazine to look at African American issues that "matter" to everyone.

Usher's divorce filing not a shock for fansupdated: Wed Jun 17 2009 18:54:00

From the beginning it seemed like sentiments were against the marriage between Usher Raymond and Tameka Foster Raymond.

People.com: Halle Berry: Nahla Makes Me Better Every Dayupdated: Sat Feb 21 2009 10:56:00

The actress says the role of motherhood has made her feel complete

People.com: Star Jones on The View: 'Those Girls Were Hateful'updated: Mon Oct 13 2008 11:23:00

In a new interview, the former co-host opens up about her View departure, her divorce and being “ready to love 24/7”

Rate your fearupdated: Thu Oct 02 2008 10:45:00

How $cared are you? CNN's Jeanne Moos asks folks to rate their financial fear.

Freaking out over economic fearsupdated: Thu Oct 02 2008 10:45:00

Another index to keep an eye on in these economically turbulent times is the "anxiety index": It goes up when markets go down and people get upset and worried about their future.

Essence editor: Obamas a model for kids, communityupdated: Thu Aug 07 2008 11:19:00

The September issue of Essence magazine features an interview with Sen. Barack Obama and his family inside their Chicago home.

People.com: New Dad Usher Gives Advice on Fatherhoodupdated: Wed Jul 09 2008 08:46:00

The singer says he hopes his young son will look up to him

People.com: Laila Ali Expecting a Babyupdated: Thu Mar 27 2008 09:53:00

"I am 100 percent undeniably happy," the boxing champ tells ESSENCE magazine

People.com: Tyra Banks: Where Is the Love?updated: Fri Jan 11 2008 08:05:00

Her career's on a roll, but some of Tyra Banks's early ambitions have been shoved aside – such as having a baby.

People.com: Usher and Tameka Foster Talk About Their 'True Love'updated: Mon Oct 15 2007 21:22:00

Usher and his new wife, Tameka Foster, say they were taken aback by all the rumors that swirled about their relationship this summer – but in the end, it made them stronger as a couple.

The Coca-Cola Company factsupdated: Tue Sep 18 2007 05:04:00

Coca Cola was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on May 8, 1886. Dr. John Stith Pemberton, a local pharmacist, produced the syrup for Coca-Cola. It was put on sale at the nearby Jacobs' Pharmacy for five cents a glass as a soda fountain drink.

People.com: Lionel Richie to Nicole: 'Baby, Call Me!'updated: Tue Jul 10 2007 09:03:00

Lionel Richie says he doesn't know if daughter Nicole is pregnant, and he poked fun at himself for being an out-of-touch dad on Saturday by pleading, "Nicole, baby, call me!"

Essence reporter: Alleged rape victim running scared updated: Tue Apr 25 2006 16:07:00

Kristal Brent Zook has probably spent more time with the family of the alleged rape victim in the Duke lacrosse case than any other reporter. The Essence magazine contributor and adjunct faculty member at Columbia University told CNN on Tuesday that the 27-year-old alleged victim's parents have seen little of her.

Fortune: THE DIVERSITY LISTupdated: Mon Aug 22 2005 00:01:00

The people who used to be called minorities now make up a majority of the U.S. population. And the individuals featured here could make the cut on almost any power list--so why spotlight the most i...

Hip-hop portrayal of women protestedupdated: Thu Mar 03 2005 18:01:00

The hip-hopping street party was in full swing, college kids talking, laughing and listening to the music.

Fashion models breaking barriersupdated: Thu Feb 10 2005 11:27:00

She is the fashion model of the moment.

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