Black Girl's Guide: 7 Things to Do, See and Hear This Week

We've got you covered on what to see, listen to and support this week. From the ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans (shameless self-promotion) to rocking out to Miguel and reggae in Chicago. 

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You can expect to see a fresh new look and updates some of your favorite stages and booths set up across the Convention Center floor.

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It's dark. It's strong. It's provacative. You've gotta take a look. 

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Miguel's new album, released Monday, is filled with soft, hazy, mellodious sounds. Picture: sex, early morning bliss, cool breeze and anything ethereal. Enter: Wildheart.

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The great thing about summer is that you don't have to workout indoors--you can do it in NYC's Union Square! This Thursday, Cardio and Strength with Brick New York opens their exercise classes to everyone. Be sure to grab a mat and join in on the healthy fun. 

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If you're in Philadelphia be sure to check out the Barnes Foundation's Sax and the Beat Jazz show this Friday, with saxophonist Steve Wilson and drummer Lewis Nash in "duologue." Join in on the jazzy vibes and cool tunes you're bound to hear. 

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For all the NYC-ers who like to party it up on July 4th-- enjoy this super epic block party filled with free food, free admission and free fun. That's "free" three times. Sound like an automatic green light. 

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With food, music, crafts and more, this Festival of Life will indeed "get your life." If you're in Chicago, you should definitley join in on the festivities.