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Essence Festival of Culture returned to New Orleans on Thursday, kicking off with a press conference featuring the Essence leadership team and top festival partners. Host Toya Wright and moderator Pauline Malcolm–Thornton, Essence chief revenue officer, were joined by sponsors to provide a glimpse of the hundreds of events and experiences taking place at the four-day festival. Emphasizing this year’s theme of “It’s […]

Getty Images for BET Lil Uzi hadn’t planned on attending the 2022 BET Awards on Sunday until 12 a.m. that morning, but in his interview with KJMM on the red carpet of “culture’s biggest night,” the rapper dished about what fans can finally expect from him soon — new music. It’s been two years since the “Do What […]

Kevin Winter/Getty Images After Sean “Diddy” Combs delivered a show-stopping performance of some of his greatest hits at the 2022 BET Awards on Sunday, he accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by legendary producer Babyface and the night’s special guest, Kanye West.  Ye’s entrance onto the stage of “culture’s biggest night” shocked the crowd, as he […]

Alicia Vera/HBO Max Although the popular HBO series Insecure came to an end last year, show creator Issa Rae quickly went back to the drawing board for a new HBO Max series — Rap Sh!t. The show centers on two Miami-based rappers: Shawna, played by Aida Osman, and Mia, played by KaMillion, who try to find success in the music industry. During the series […]

Paras Griffin/Getty Images According to TMZ, rapper Lil Tjay, born Tione Merritt, is out of emergency surgery after he was shot in New Jersey early Wednesday morning.  ABC affiliate WABC said police officers responded to a call at the Promenade in Edgewater at 12:08 a.m., where they found two men with gunshot wounds. At the time of the report, both men had been […]

Jason Merritt/Getty Images Multitalented superstar Chris Brown has sung with some successful music artists throughout his career, but there’s one person he has yet to partner with. When Million Dollaz Worth of Game podcast host Wallo asked the singer who in the industry he’d wish to collab with, he mentioned Beyoncé. “Honestly, realistically — I probably said it once before but probably Beyoncé,” Brown said. “Only because of […]

Jessica Perez/HBO Max When the hit comedy series Insecure aired its final episode in December 2021, fans were not happy. But according to a recent interview with show creator Issa Rae, Insecure could be returning to TV screens in some way soon.  In attendance at the American Black Film Festival in Miami, where she served as the festival ambassador, she […]

Christopher Polk/NBC Rapper French Montana and producer Harry Fraud enlisted Jadakiss and Benny the Butcher for their new song “Bricks & Bags,” out Wednesday.  The new single follows recently released tracks “Drive By” and “Blue Chills,” all of which are expected to show up on Montana’s forthcoming album, Montega, which is expected Friday, June 24.  The “Unforgettable” rapper also dropped the song’s official music video, […]

Live Nation Urban In partnership with Live Nation Urban, ONE Musicfest has announced the 2022 festival will take place in Atlanta on Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9.  The lineup for the two-day festival includes Ashanti & Ja Rule, Beenie Man, City Girls, Gucci Mane, Jazmine Sullivan, Jeezy, Lil Baby, Lauryn Hill, Rick Ross, Tems and more. “We are super excited about this year’s line-up and new location,” said ONE […]

ABC/Richard Cartwright It seems as if everyone in the country added Beyoncé‘s new single “Break My Soul” to their music playlist when the record dropped Tuesday. Former first lady Michelle Obama is among those jamming out to the dance track; she took to social media to publicly show Beyoncé and the new song some love.  “Queen @Beyonce, you’ve done it again!,” she said […]