Author: Jamia Pugh

Romeo Miller made his first public appearance since the news of the death of his 29-year-old sister Tytyana Miller, at the 2022 Essence Festival of Culture on Friday. From the Essence Wealth & Power stage, Miller, fellow panelists Lori Harvey and AT&T executive Michelle Jordan discussed ways to help advance Black representation in business. The 32-year-old entertainer also shared special words of wisdom for Black leaders who […]

Jamia Pugh Day two of the 2022 Essence Festival of Culture began at the Essence Eats booth with a cooking demo by New York’s chef JJ Johnson, who was joined by P-Valley actress Brandee Evans. Together they prepared a salmon dish using plant-based cheese — inspired by a favorite at Johnson’s rice bowl restaurant, Field Trip — and discussed the importance of healthy eating in the Black […]

Essence Festival of Culture returned to New Orleans on Thursday, kicking off with a press conference featuring the Essence leadership team and top festival partners. Host Toya Wright and moderator Pauline Malcolm–Thornton, Essence chief revenue officer, were joined by sponsors to provide a glimpse of the hundreds of events and experiences taking place at the four-day festival. Emphasizing this year’s theme of “It’s […]

Kevin Winter/Getty Images After Sean “Diddy” Combs delivered a show-stopping performance of some of his greatest hits at the 2022 BET Awards on Sunday, he accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by legendary producer Babyface and the night’s special guest, Kanye West.  Ye’s entrance onto the stage of “culture’s biggest night” shocked the crowd, as he […]

Alicia Vera/HBO Max Although the popular HBO series Insecure came to an end last year, show creator Issa Rae quickly went back to the drawing board for a new HBO Max series — Rap Sh!t. The show centers on two Miami-based rappers: Shawna, played by Aida Osman, and Mia, played by KaMillion, who try to find success in the music industry. During the series […]

Jason Merritt/Getty Images Multitalented superstar Chris Brown has sung with some successful music artists throughout his career, but there’s one person he has yet to partner with. When Million Dollaz Worth of Game podcast host Wallo asked the singer who in the industry he’d wish to collab with, he mentioned Beyoncé. “Honestly, realistically — I probably said it once before but probably Beyoncé,” Brown said. “Only because of […]

Jessica Perez/HBO Max When the hit comedy series Insecure aired its final episode in December 2021, fans were not happy. But according to a recent interview with show creator Issa Rae, Insecure could be returning to TV screens in some way soon.  In attendance at the American Black Film Festival in Miami, where she served as the festival ambassador, she […]

Live Nation Urban In partnership with Live Nation Urban, ONE Musicfest has announced the 2022 festival will take place in Atlanta on Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9.  The lineup for the two-day festival includes Ashanti & Ja Rule, Beenie Man, City Girls, Gucci Mane, Jazmine Sullivan, Jeezy, Lil Baby, Lauryn Hill, Rick Ross, Tems and more. “We are super excited about this year’s line-up and new location,” said ONE […]

ABC/Richard Cartwright It seems as if everyone in the country added Beyoncé‘s new single “Break My Soul” to their music playlist when the record dropped Tuesday. Former first lady Michelle Obama is among those jamming out to the dance track; she took to social media to publicly show Beyoncé and the new song some love.  “Queen @Beyonce, you’ve done it again!,” she said […]

Paras Griffin/Getty Images The Isley Brothers were among the special list of stars inducted into the Hall of Fame last Thursday, and ahead of their nostalgic performance of past hits, they talked with ABC Audio about the importance of Black music. “So much of the music, in terms of its foundation, comes from Black artists,” said Ernie Isley, who was […]


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