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Stories with person: Mary J. Blige
  • Dance craze, hit song gives rapper Silento a breakthrough 
    Updated: Jul-23-15 10:05 am

    NEW YORK - Silento, the 17-year-old rapper who's having a pop culture moment with the dance craze to his debut song, says he wants to be a role model to the young kids who have posted videos dancing to his tune.

  • 2015 Essence Festival draws almost half a million 
    Updated: Jul-06-15 5:34 pm

    NEW ORLEANS - Nearly half a million people attended this year's Essence Festival held in New Orleans over the Fourth of July weekend.

  • Frankie Beverly and Maze returns to Essence Festival 
    Updated: Jul-03-15 1:49 pm

    NEW ORLEANS - For 15 years, thousands of fans dressed all in white entered the Superdome on the final day of the Essence Festival anticipating the soulful sounds of Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, who also dressed in his signature white pants, shirt and baseball cap, would sing into the wee hours of the next day.

  • Deepak Chopra to counsel Essence Festival participants 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 5:40 am

    NEW ORLEANS - A new face will be among those counseling Essence Festival participants as part of the festival's empowerment experience.