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Andra Day Dishes on Her Dad's Backstage Adele Encounter at the Grammys: She Gave Him a Back Massage!

Andra Day Dishes on Her Dad's Backstage Adele Encounter at the Grammys: She Gave Him a Back Massage!

Originally posted 05/02/2016 02:40PM

While Andra Day was killing it onstage at the Grammys, her dad was backstage kicking it with Adele!

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FROM ESSENCE: Common and Puff Daddy & the Family Join Festival Line-Up

FROM ESSENCE: Common and Puff Daddy & the Family Join Festival Line-Up

Originally posted 04/20/2016 09:00AM

The ESSENCE Festival takes place Fourth of July weekend

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Keke Palmer: The Scream Queens Set 'Feels Like Our Own Little Sorority House'

Keke Palmer: The Scream Queens Set 'Feels Like Our Own Little Sorority House'

Originally posted 07/05/2015 08:05PM

Sisterhood rules on the set of Scream Queens.

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RHOA's Claudia Jordan on Reports She Was Fired Amidst NeNe Leakes Drama: 'We'll See What Happens'

RHOA's Claudia Jordan on Reports She Was Fired Amidst NeNe Leakes Drama: 'We'll See What Happens'

Originally posted 07/05/2015 02:50PM

Despite reports that she's been booted from Real Housewives of Atlanta, Claudia Jordan maintains her future with the Bravo show is still up in the air.

"No one called and said, 'Hey, it's a wrap.' It didn't happen," Jordan told PEOPLE Saturday after her Essence Festival Empowerment panel in New Orleans.

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Celebrate the Essence Festival with PEOPLE's Spotify Playlist

Celebrate the Essence Festival with PEOPLE's Spotify Playlist

Originally posted 07/01/2015 11:40AM

The Essence Festival starts Thursday, and runs until Sunday. But even if you can't make it to New Orleans in time for the festivities, we're here to help. We reached out to the fine folks at Spotify for the inside info on Essence Fest, and came up with some revealing takeaways.

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Look Who's Performing at the 2015 ESSENCE Musical Festival

Look Who's Performing at the 2015 ESSENCE Musical Festival

Originally posted 03/04/2015 04:10PM

Usher and Missy Elliot will take the stage during the annual concert series

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Robin Roberts Helps Kick Off Essence Festival Weekend: Watch Live | Robin Roberts

Robin Roberts Helps Kick Off Essence Festival Weekend: Watch Live

Originally posted 07/04/2014 02:00PM

On a day devoted to a nation charting its own course, Robin Roberts will help celebrate the Essence Festival in New Orleans on Friday afternoon with a talk on empowerment called "Sisters in the Name of Love," beginning at 2:25 p.m.

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Prince: Why I Stopped Using Dirty Words in My Music | Prince

Prince: Why I Stopped Using Dirty Words in My Music

Originally posted 05/05/2014 11:10AM

Prince doesn't have a potty mouth anymore.

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Beyoncé Is Headed Back to New Orleans! | Beyonce Knowles

Beyoncé Adds Even More Dates for Mrs. Carter World Tour

Originally posted 02/11/2013 12:00PM

2013 is shaping up to be the year of Beyoncé.

After a powerful Super Bowl halftime show, the singer, 31, is embarking on the Mrs. Carter world tour – and just added a special performance.

Beyoncé will return to New Orleans's Superdome to headline one of three concerts during the 19th annual Essence Festival, the magazine confirms.

"We are incredibly excited to welcome Beyoncé back to the 2013 Essence Festival lineup. She is truly the ultimate Essence woman," Communications President Michelle Ebanks said in a statement.

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