Essence founder releases memoir chronicling magazine’s beginnings

By Mason Harrison Contributing Writer ‘My grandmother was my introduction to the empowerment of Black women. She bought 110 acres of land in 1927 and

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Essence Fest 2014, The return of Prince to New Orleans

By Geraldine Wyckoff Contributing Writer Without a doubt, Prince’s return to the Essence Festival, July 3- 6, after a 10-year hiatus has created a huge

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Big Sam’s Funky Nation lands at the Essence Festival
By Geraldine Wyckoff Contributing Writer Years ago when Sammie “Big Sam” Williams walked into the band room at Edward Livingston Middle School, the band director asked him what he wanted to play. ...
Coming out of Congo Square – Bamboula 2000
By Geraldine Wyckoff Contributing Writer Bamboula 2000 celebrates and sings about its 20th anniversary on a new release, The Wild Bamboulas. In 1994, percussionist and vocalist Luther Gray founded the group in ...
Maxi Priest, reggae superstar, hits his groove
By Dwight Brown NNPA Entertainment Critic Reggae superstar Maxi Priest had three reasons to put on a lively, well-received show at B.B. King’s Blues Club & Grill last Wednesday night. 1) He ...
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Celebrated Civil Rights murals on display at NOMA
By Fritz Esker Contributing Writer The works of one of America’s most celebrated artists showcasing some of the most pivotal moments in African-American history are now on display in New Orleans.
Women on Record – Purpose & Attitude
By Geraldine Wyckoff Contributing Writer Gaynielle Neville Woman Power(Independent) Gaynielle Neville is certainly most recognized as a backup vocalist in support of her husband’s, Cyril Neville, various band projects including the Uptown Allstars. Her ...
Cajun-Zydeco Festival two-steps on over to Armstrong Park
By Geraldine Wyckoff Contributing Writer Celebrating its 8th year, the Cajun-Zydeco Festival (June 14th and 15th) finds a new home in Armstrong Park. The event was formerly held at the U.S. Mint ...
Focus on the Prime
By Geraldine Wyckoff Contributing Writer “I always wanted to play at the Prime Example – I like the room, I like the space, I like the ambiance. It’s like an actual club ...
Ernie Elly – Give the Drummer(s) Some
By Geraldine Wyckoff Contributing Writer The history of New Orleans music is as much about its present and future as it is about the past. It's a continuum that can be heard ...

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