For the last 18 years, the Essence Music Festival has been the go-to event for African-Americans, especially African-American women. For three days in New Orleans, hundreds of thousands show up for R&B and gospel concerts and panels on politics, financial planning and parenting. Over 300,000  people attended all the different events for this years Essence Music Festival as they, for the first time ever, held 4 days (use to be 3 days) of great music and entertainment.

Tamar Braxton, Toya Wright, was in the build to see MJB…. Tank, Tyrese, Ledisi and Mary Mary also hit the stage. I want to make sure to tell the people at Essence I had a wonderful time listening to great music.

MC Lyte, was in the building… For the first time ever the festival had a Thursday kick off.

Saturdays act wowed me as I watched Mary J. Blige singed her a** off. She killed it…. Now i’ve seen Mary perform over 20 times, but this was by far the best. The Queen of R&B sung her heart out on the stage for 2 hours and gave us all she got.

Actress Elise Neal was in the bulding… Kevin Heart wowed the crowd and showed that he’s actually a pretty funny comedian and not just an a**whole.

I also got to see for the first time Kevin Hart who I’ve never seen perform a live show as a headline comedian. If you missed it, you’ll be able to purchase it he  filmed his performances for a new comedy special. Kevin threw his wife completely under the bus as he talked about his divorce and infidelity. Tooooooo Funnnnnnyyy….

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New Boyz Sued Over Name By Newsboys

The  rappers New Boyz are facing legal troubles over their name. According to AllHipHop, Christian rockers the Newsboys filed a federal lawsuit against the hip-hop duo last week. Just so yall know in case you are wondering who are they they are the group that got in to the fight with R&B group Hamilton Park. READ MORE

More sad news.. A family friend is under investigation for the jet ski accident. According to the “New York Daily News,” Jeffrey S. Hubbard has been identified as the man who was operating the watercraft that ran over eleven-year-old Kyle Glover and a 15-year-old girl in Georgia’s Lake Lanier last Friday. This is the third accident at the lake in the pass 30 days, something needs to be looked into at the lake…. READ MORE

Vanessa Simmons has been very low key when it comes to media this year, but that’s because she’s been working on some big projects. GlobalGrind reports the 28 year old has been using her fashion sense to create a women’s swimwear line, and now it’s ready to be debuted.

The line, called “Rose by Vanessa Jean,” is set to make its big debut at Mercedes Benz fashion week in Miami later this month.

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The swimwear is specially designed to show off women’s natural curves of all shapes and sizes in pieces that are colorful and flirty to capture the eye.

The budding entrepreneur has recently said of her new line: READ MORE

Singer Frank Ocean made his network television debut last night, less than week after opening up about his sexual orientation. The singer took the stage on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” with a little help from the NBC show’s house band, the Roots.

Ocean made headlines last week with a revealing post on his Tumblr blog.  Check out the video below and Also see what Beyonce had to say about him:. READ MORE

R&B singer Raz B nearly died Sunday in China after accidentally falling through a glass door in his hotel room … slicing his wrist wide open … and losing a SCARY amount of blood. READ MORE

A man arrested for breaking into Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Hamptons estate in April says he made the most out of his time there. It was only 24 hours but Quamine Taylor told prosecutors at his sentencing Thursday that he drank the hip-hop mogul’s expensive liquor, smoked his top-shelf cigars, washed with his soap and even used his toothbrush. READ MORE

In last night episode Mimi meets up with her girls Ariane and K.Michelle to tell them about the latest development in her life. That would be the baby that’s developing inside of Joseline that belongs to Stevie. READ MORE