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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

5 Questions for Eric Benet on EMF, Halle & New Love

These days, Eric Benet really has a reason to sing. The R&B crooner recently became engaged to Manuela Testolini, former wife of Prince. But Benet, who'll take the stage during July's ESSENCE Music Festival (got tickets?), said he had no idea about Ms. Testolini's previous husband until an idle trip to LAX. ESSENCE.com spoke with Mr. Benet about falling in love, learning heartbreak's lessons and his biggest new fan, Lil Wayne.

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

5 Questions for Mary J. Blige on FFAWN Honors Concert

ESSENCE Music Festival headliner Mary J. Blige is continuing on her pledge to give back to young women in our communities. This weekend the Grammy-winning singer will host the 2nd Annual Mary J. Blige Honors Concert to benefit her FFAWN Foundation (Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now). The star-studded concert will help raise money to provide young women with college scholarships. Guests will include Jennifer Hudson, Jill Scott and Anita Baker. ESSENCE.com sat down with Mary J. to discuss her FFAWN Honors Concert, her upcoming album and reveals one thing we'd be surprised to know about her...

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