Fans in New York City were lucky enough to spend four ‘Intimate’ nights with Beyonce as she performed at the Roseland Ballroom. Tickets for the concert sold out in 22 seconds. That’s how you do it, Bey!
After five years of marriage, the Wu-Hartwell’s call it quits. We admit, this isn’t the kind of news we like to hear.
'The Help' Tops the Box Office
After a tepid opening weekend, ‘The Help’ proves it’s the little movie that could by climbing it’s way to number one at the box office in it’s 2nd weekend.
Sherri Shepherd Weds Her Dream Guy
Sherri Shepherd walked down the aisle with her dream guy, Lamar Sally in her hometown of Chicago. “Damn this dress is tight!” the comedienne tweeted before the ceremony.
President Obama Turns 50
A celeb-studded bash in Chicago (with Jennifer Hudson serenading him), and a BBQ on the front lawn. Celebrating our President’s Bday in style… It just doesn’t get anything better than that.
Nicki Minaj Has a Nip Slip
Whoopsie! Nicki Minaj’s girls accidentally made an appearance on ’Good Morning America.’ Luckily, she took it all in stride, and simply pulled up her top.
Kelly Rowland Bares it All...Kinda
Like Nicki Minaj, Kelly Rowland was a good sport when she had a wardrobe malfunction during a performance. “Hope you enjoyed the show and didn’t mind the peekaboo LOL!!! #kanyeshrug #stuffhappens" she later tweeted.
Following in Oprah’s lead, it’s announced that Tyler Perry is negotiating to get his own cable channel.
Sean Kingston Is Healthy Again
After a near-death jet-ski accident, Sean Kingston recovers beautifully. “The Lord blessed me with a second chance at life and [I’m going to] cherish it,” he tweeted. He presented at the 2011 Teen Choice Awards with Tyra Banks.
Jennifer Hudson Sets a Fan Straight
J-Hud admits she “lost her celebrity religion” when she went tit-for-tat with a fan on Twitter recently. Her explanation? “I don’t know, somewhere along the lines, people think they can talk to celebrities any kind of way…we are people, too.” Do not mess with Jen.
Shemar Moore Bares (Almost) All
When those shirtless photos of Shemar Moore strolling on a Miami beach hit the web we nearly lost our minds. When we look at them we think, “oh yes, that’s what summertime is all about!”
Beyonce Makes History at Glastonbury
This summer Beyonce became the first Black woman to headline the Glastonbury Festival. Her latest album, “4,” was also certified platinum. A great summer for Bey.
This summer, Kanye and Jay-Z brought the heat index to a fever pitch when they dropped ‘Watch the Throne." Fans loved it so much, the album landed at number one, selling over 436,000 copies in it’s first week.
Alicia Keys Shows Off Baby Egypt
The world finally caught a glimpse of Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz’s baby boy Egypt Daoud Dean — and he’s as cute as a button.
Fantasia Announces Her Pregnancy
“This child that I am carrying… God has given me this child. And I don’t have to hide it from none of y’all,” said Fantasia. We hear you, girl.
Over 1.5 million people tuned in to watch sisters Tia & Tamera Mowry’s reality show, making it the most-watched series premiere on The Style Network. Congrats, ladies!
'Single Ladies' Makes a Splash
If you weren’t watching ‘Single Ladies’ this summer, chances are you were talking about something related to it. Kudos to Lisa Raye, Stacey Dash and Charity Shea for an entertaining season. Now, we can’t wait to see how season 2 unfolds.
Tami Roman Pummels Meeka Claxton...
Ouch! Tami Roman took drama to epic proportions when she lunged at Meeka Claxton at an Italian nightclub on “Basketball Wives.” Months later, and Meeka says she is suing Tami Roman.
The drama on “Basketball Wives” is not what it’s creator, Shaunie O’Neal, had in mind. She recently spoke out against the show, saying she was embarrassed by all the antics. “I hate that it has to be a fight or an argument that gives us 4.2 million viewers,” she said.
Eric & Jennifer Williams Throw Drinks
And the drama continues. Eric and Jennifer Williams sure did bring the heat on “Basketball Wives” when they decided to throw drinks in each others faces. Jennifer says he’s not the man she married 10 years ago. He says she has a demon inside her. Oh lawd!
Every summer Steve Harvey shines the light on our community leaders at 9th Annual Hoodie Awards. Everyone deserves a little spotlight.
Chante Moore and Kenny Lattimore Split
Another couple we hate to see break up. The lovely Chante Moore and Kenny Lattimore went their separate ways after nine years of marriage. “We both will continue to be devoted parents to our son,” wrote Chante on her Facebook page.
Miguel Climbs the Charts
Newcomer Miguel proves he’s got staying power on the charts. His song, “Sure Thing” is currently number 2, while “Quickie” is number 5 on the Billboard charts.
Rihanna Lights Up Carnival
Rihanna’s sexy carnival outfit had everyone talking when she returned to her native Barbados and participated in the Kadooment Carnival Parade.
This summer, Ledisi announced her first headlining tour, kicking off on October 20th.
Sade Rocks Our World
Sade rocked our lives with one of the best live shows of the summer. To date, her tour has grossed some $31.4 million. Not bad for someone who hasn’t toured for 10 years.
Beyonce Ran the Charts
This summer, the airwaves belonged to Beyonce. Her latest album, “4,” was certified platinum.
Monica and Shannon Brown Tie the Knot...Again
What a beautiful wedding? It’s fabulous to see Black love so prominently represented and celebrated in the media.
We Met 'Dem Babies'
Mariah Carey’s 7-week-old daughter, Monroe, is already exhibiting signs of a diva. We loved seeing her signaling, no pictures dahhling ‘.
Daniel Gibson Put a Ring on It
Keyshia Cole and Daniel Gibson tied the knot, prompting us to ask if marriage is the new Black.
Kelly Rowland Takes over ESSENCE.com
For weeks we’d been singing “Motivation” around the office, so to finally have our girl scatter about our site was ah-mazing!
J.Lo and Marc Anthony Divorce
Our hearts were crushed to hear the news. We loved this couple for seven long years and it was tough to see it end.
Idris’ Tweets After Dark
We all knew Idris Elba is as sexy as they come, but when he “accidentally” tweeted this steamy hot self-portrait during #TAD (Twitter After Dark) we nearly overheated. Now this is what we call a midsummer night’s dream.
El DeBarge Returned to the Stage
Months after checking into rehab, El Debarge graced the stage at ESSENCE Music Festival. We have one word for his comeback performance: Fire!
Mel B. Works that Baby Bump
We can never get enough of a gorgeous pregnant woman. Mel B. represented for all fab pregnant moms this summer.
Kimora, Russell and Djimon Remind Us of the Importance of Family
Russell Simmons and his ex-wife Kimora Lee Simmons and her new hubby Djimon Hounsou keep it all in the family. If only all blended families could get along this well.
Kelly Becomes the Face of 'Empress'
Kelly Rowland’s ah-mazing summer continues as she signs on as the face of Sean John’s latest fragrance, Empress.
Patti LaBelle Loves Her Some Ledisi
“You’re one of the ”the best singers I’ve ever heard," a proud Patti LaBelle told Ledisi during the ESSENCE Music Festival.
One of our favorite actresses, Viola Davis, was the toast of the town this summer, thanks to her role in ‘The Help.’ Nice going, Viola! You deserve this! Next up for Viola is her biggest role yet, being a mother of 2011.
Few expected the 18,000 fans that came out to support Chris Brown at a taping of the ‘Today’ show’s summer concert series. It was the largest the show had ever seen.
Alicia Keys’ 10th Anniversary Celebration
“Songs in a Minor” changed our lives in the summer of 2001 and it still had the same affect in 2011. Love Ms. Keys.
Kanye West is Amazing at EMF
Kanye West gave the performance of a lifetime at the ESSENCE Music Festival. “It was the over-top-genius Kanye’s fans adore that makes his stage presence so unforgettable,” wrote ESSENCE Editor, Charli Penn.
Sean Kingston Is Healthy Again
After a near-death jet-ski accident, Sean Kingston recovers beautifully. “The Lord blessed me with a second chance at life and [I’m going to] cherish it,” he tweeted.
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Fantasia Announces Her Pregnancy
Rihanna Sizzles on Stage
Whether performing in France or the US, Rihanna’s sexy dance moves on her summer world tour have everyone talking.