Here's the latest news involving a selection of the artists and speakers taking part in the ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans from July 4 - 7.
- Beyoncé and Solange are assisting their mother, Tina Knowles, with the 'Miss A Meal' anti-hunger campaign. The initiative asks people to forgo a meal and direct the money it would have cost to help those in need. Beyoncé also made TIME magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world. See Solange at the ESSENCE Festival on July 6 and Beyoncé on July 7.
- Keyshia Cole, who's set to perform at the ESSENCE Festival on July 6, just announced her first UK tour.
- Emeli Sandé is up for two Ivor Novella Awards, recognizing excellence in British songwriting. See her at the ESSENCE Festival on July 5.
- Rapper DMX appeared on Iyanla Vanzant's "Fix My Life" premiere episode on OWN last week. After the tension that arose during the show, Iyanla decided to speak out in a special message. Here more from Iyanla when she speaks during the ESSENCE Festival's Empowerment Experience seminars.