These Classic Songs By Our 2018 ESSENCE Fest Ladies Gave Black Women Everywhere The Confidence To Embrace Our Magic

Rachaell Davis Mar, 19, 2018

Nobody can uplift, celebrate and encourage a Black woman like another Black woman who knows her struggle and these unforgettable songs by a few ladies from our 2018 ESSENCE Festival lineup are living proof.

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From Janet Jackson’s coming-of-age anthem “Control,” to Fantasia’s unapologetic ode to single mothers “Baby Mama,” these classics remind the world that there’s a little magic inside us all, no matter what circumstances life may take us through. As we continue to celebrate National Women’s History Month, scroll through to take a listen to and then be sure to grab your tickets to see these divas, and many more, live at ESSENCE Fest in New Orleans this July.

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Janet Jackson - Control
A young Janet held nothing back on this track, which heard her proclaim her womanhood like no other.

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MC Lyte - Lyte As A Rock
Whether your first introduction was through that one 'Love & Basketball' scene or the radio in the 80s, the confidence Lyte boasted in this song will take your swag to the next level even today.

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Mary J. Blige - Just Fine

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Jill Scott - Golden

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Fantasia - Baby Mama

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Kelly Price - Soul Of A Woman

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MC Lyte featuring Xscape - Keep On Keepin' On

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Erykah Badu - Bag Lady

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