“Frankie Beverley is the king of New Orleans. Enough said,” concert-goer Kenny Carter says about Frankie Beverly and Maze's return performance.
Trey Songz kicked off ESSENCE Fest with a surprise performance from a New Orleans native.
Kevin Hart's What Now? tour kicked off ESSENCE Fest with a strict no cell phone policy that left some guests saying, "Let me explain."
"I loved Bessie Smith's story," said Monae. "She was a fearless woman and I look at myself as a fearless woman.”
Black Girls Rock 2015 honoree Erykah Badu gave all the feels when she dropped her 2010 renaissance album, "New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh)." Examining love’s changing faces, the neo-soul goddess’ fifth studio album recalls the easy-listening vibe and soul-feeding grooves of her groundbreaking debut, "Baduizm." It’s a true emo trip. Eagerly awaiting a follow-up project (throw us a bone, Erykah!), ESSENCE.com celebrates the fifth anniversary of the release of "New Amerykah Part Two" by examining seven love lessons gained once the runtime commences.
After starring on Fox’s iconic police drama New York Undercover from 1994 to 1998, Yoba is experiencing déjà vu success with Empire. “I've been telling everybody it's gonna work, because we did New York Undercover,” he says.
As Aida releases her debut EP Out In The Waves, ESSENCE.com spoke with her about her musical influences, future Grammys and what makes her love songs different from most.