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Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Essence Vice President Kamala Harris stopped by the Essence Festival of Culture last weekend to chat with Emmy-winning actress Keke Palmer about an array of topics, including the overturning of Roe v. Wade and the historic-turned-hilarious moment she learned she would be the next vice president of the United States.  “We did it Joe!” became a viral phrase and internet sensation […]

Jamia Pugh Day two of the 2022 Essence Festival of Culture began at the Essence Eats booth with a cooking demo by New York’s chef JJ Johnson, who was joined by P-Valley actress Brandee Evans. Together they prepared a salmon dish using plant-based cheese — inspired by a favorite at Johnson’s rice bowl restaurant, Field Trip — and discussed the importance of healthy eating in the Black […]

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 […]

Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for TW After Doja Cat bowed out as the opener for the After Hours Till Dawn tour, The Weeknd revealed her replacements. The “Kiss Me More” singer announced last month she needed to undergo immediate surgery on her tonsils and would be unable to accompany The Weeknd on his tour. She explained in an Instagram story, “The surgery is routine but […]

ABC/Wilford Harewood Brandy is celebrating the 20th anniversary of her 2002 Platinum album, Full Moon, and as she looks back at recording the music, she will never forget an embarrassing meeting with Michael Jackson. The album was recorded at the Hit Factory in Miami with producer Rodney Jerkins, who was also simultaneously recording songs for Jackson’s final studio album, Invincible, […]

Robin L Marshall/Getty Images for BET Tisha Campbell joined Martin Lawrence and other cast members from his self-titled sitcom for a 30-year anniversary reunion on June 16 on BET+, inspiring many fans to call for a reboot of the ’90s series. However, Campbell doubts the show will have a second life. The NAACP Image Award winner loved reminiscing […]

Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for Hollywood Unlocked (NOTE LANGUAGE) Several stars, including Taraji P. Henson, Lizzo and Megan Thee Stallion, are blasting the Supreme Court for overturning Roe v. Wade and the fundamental right to abortion that has been the law for almost 50 years. When Lizzo accepted the Fearlessness Award at the second Hollywood Unlocked Impact Awards Friday night in Beverly […]

Leon Bennett/Getty Images for BET It was a star-studded night at the BET Awards 2022, which aired live from Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater Sunday, with Taraji P. Henson hosting for the second year in a row.  Lizzo got the celebration started with an energetic performance of “About Damn Time.” Later, Jack Harlow, was joined by Lil Wayne to perform their track […]

Unique Nicole/Getty Images Nominations for the 2022 Stellar Gospel Music Awards have been announced, and CeCe Winans is leading the pack. The singer’s live Believe For It album has earned her a total of nine nods, including artist of the year, song of the year and album of the year. Pastor Mike Jr. follows closely behind CeCe with eight nods. […]

Paras Griffin/Getty Images Diddy is set to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the BET Awards this year, so he’s marking the moment with a star-studded “retrospective” performance that will take fans through his musical legacy. According to the network, the music mogul will hit the stage alongside collaborators Mary J. Blige, Jodeci, Nas, Lil’ Kim, Busta […]