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Fantasia, Essence Music Festival 2012: Chanteuse Marries Soul and Church, Tells Critics ‘I’m Doing Me’
Fantasia, Essence Music Festival 2012: Chanteuse Marries Soul and Church, Tells Critics ‘I’m Doing Me’
When Fantasia Barrino kicks off her shoes while holding a microphone, people pay extra close attention. On Sunday night (July 8), the southern songstress hit the main stage at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans and, in keeping with her signature style, she hosted a sort of spiritual revival...
Estelle, Essence Music Festival 2012: Singer Goes ‘Around the World,’ Gives Fan Naughty Dance
Estelle, Essence Music Festival 2012: Singer Goes ‘Around the World,’ Gives Fan Naughty Dance
Estelle is totally believable as the girl next door, even when performing in the heart of New Orleans Sunday night (July 8), where she played the Essence Music Festival Coca Cola Superlounge. The All of Me creator immediately took the stage with an infectious energy, launching into a rendition of The Supremes' "You Can't Hurry Love...
MC Lyte, Essence Music Festival 2012: Rapper Talks Hip Hop Sisters, Says Kanye West ‘Lost His Filter’
MC Lyte, Essence Music Festival 2012: Rapper Talks Hip Hop Sisters, Says Kanye West ‘Lost His Filter’
MC Lyte keeps adding to her legacy beyond rap music, but everything she has a hand in incorporates the hip-hop culture as a whole. On Saturday afternoon (July 7), the rap pioneer performed at the Essence Music Festival's block party in New Orleans' Champions Square...
Mary J. Blige, Essence Music Festival 2012: Singer Leaves Heart Onstage, Returns for Three Encores
Mary J. Blige, Essence Music Festival 2012: Singer Leaves Heart Onstage, Returns for Three Encores
Mary J. Blige is no stranger to the main stage at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, and Saturday night (July 7), the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul fulfilled her unspoken promise of having attendees shouting in agreement, singing and crying along with her lyrics of pain and perseverance...
Kevin Hart, Essence Music Festival 2012: Comedian Gets Big Laughs, Despite Showing Up Late
Kevin Hart, Essence Music Festival 2012: Comedian Gets Big Laughs, Despite Showing Up Late
Kevin Hart was late to the Essence Music Festival stage in New Orleans Saturday night (July 7), and no one in the audience seemed to care in the least. As the lone comedian playing the festival's main stage this weekend, Hart had to have known that it was imperative that he come with his best...
D’Angelo, Essence Music Festival 2012: Singer Channels James Brown With Funky Set
D’Angelo, Essence Music Festival 2012: Singer Channels James Brown With Funky Set
Either D'Angelo doesn't realize how long he's been gone and how much he's changed, or none of it matters to him -- a notion that would certainly be commendable. The industry-darling-turned-industry-recluse has been on a tear, doing a run of shows since the start of 2012 and trying to whittle a position for himself within today's music business...
Keyshia Cole, Essence Music Festival 2012: Singer Mixes Old and New in Gleeful Performance
Keyshia Cole, Essence Music Festival 2012: Singer Mixes Old and New in Gleeful Performance
Keyshia Cole isn't the woman she was a few short years ago -- it's a fact made evident by her gleeful appearance at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans on Friday night (July 6). The Oakland native started her set off with the angst-filled melodies she's known for -- "I Remember" and "Trust" -- but she exuded a sense of peace, moving swiftly and carefully between her new a
Trey Songz, Essence Music Festival 2012: Singer Strips Down, Serves Up Sexy ‘Dive In’
Trey Songz, Essence Music Festival 2012: Singer Strips Down, Serves Up Sexy ‘Dive In’
If there's one thing Trey Songz believes in, it's adhering to a formula. The R&B crooner has found his niche in creating songs for the bedroom, and on Friday night (July 6), the Atlantic Records artist performed his newest slow jam for the crowd at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. T...

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