BRANDY, MAXWELL, KEYSHIA COLE & JILL SCOTT ANNOUNCED AS PERFORMERS AT THE ESSENCE MUSIC FESTIVAL 2013
The 19th annual celebration of black music and culture will be held July 4-7 at the Superdome and the nearby convention center, where speakers like Rev. Al Sharpton and Rep. John Lewis, a congressman and civil rights leader, will give lectures, the New York Times reports.
Essence Festival 2012: The 10 Best Performances
Other performers include New Edition, LL Cool J, Big Daddy Kane and Charlie Wilson, while smaller stages will feature Anthony David, Bridget Kelly, Les Nubians Mint Condition and the new jack swing stalwarts, Blackstreet.
Maxwell’s performance will come a year after the neo-soul star had to cancel a comeback tour due to vocal hemorrhaging. He is currently working on his fifth studio album, “SUMMERS,’” expected to be released later this year.
The festival began as a one-time event celebrating the 25th anniversary of Essence magazine.
Last year’s event featured performances by Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan and Mary J. Blige as well as D’Angelo, Dru Hill, Charlie Wilson and Melanie Fiona. Check out our list of the 10 best performances from the event here.
Yesterday afternoon, Essence hosted it’s 5th Annual Black Women in Hollywood luncheon held at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The event was held in honor of some of Hollywood’s brightest stars; Kerry Washington, Paula Patton, Octavia Spencer veteran Pam Grier and producer/screenwriter Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy) as well as a celebration of positive images of Black Women worldwide.
The room was filled with top power players, publicists, managers, producers, screenwriters etc in Hollywood as well as a guestlist which included Kelly Rowland, Tracee Ellis Ross, Jill Scott, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Niecy Nash, Tasha Smith, Tatyana Ali, Viola Davis, Nicole Ari Parker and many many more.
Motivational speaker Tyrese has released an attention grabbing video that he directed and produced himself. The 13-minute visual features actor Blair Underwood speaking with Martin Luther King Jr. (played by Tyrese) and Coretta Scott King (played by Jill Scott). “Dr. King” touches on various topics and issues currently facing America and provides insight and advice on how to move forward. It’s not music related, but a much needed message none-the-less.