After filing for divorce last season, NeNe Leakes and husband Gregg were spotted cozying up in New Orleans at the 2011 Essence Music Festival. The outspoken “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star had a speaking engagement at the festival, and later hit up an after party with her ex. NeNe, who also appeared on “Celebrity Apprentice,” […]

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare) Odyssey Records1012 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70112-2506 When: 1992 What: Using a “call and response style” party vibe, Mardi Gras Indian chants and dance call-outs, TT Tucker and DJ Irv’s single helps to launch the N’Awlins sound known as “Bounce.” «  PREVIOUS NEXT  » In celebration of Black […]

Atlanta's own Monica took to the stage to open the Essence Music festival and performed a series of her biggest hits including her new song, ‘Love All Over Me’. In addition to her own material, Monica once again performed a tribute to her close friend and mentor Whitney Houston.

Mary J. Blige added two more accomplishments to her impressive resume: She received her high school diploma, and she unveiled her new fragrance, My Life, at this weekend's Essence Music Festival. Named for her emotion-filled 1994 album, "My Life" is Blige's first foray into fragrance and the first celebrity scent released by natural skin care company Carol's Daughter where she is an investor in the beauty brand.

It's been two years since singer Janet Jackson performed on a concert stage and her fans say that's been two years too long. The singer made her first stage return today with an opening night, first-time performance at the Essence Music Festival inside the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans.

The music of New Orleans, Louisiana, is more than just Dixieland jazz, Professor Longhair and Pete Fountain. It’s hip-hop and zydeco. It’s funk and folk. It’s hard rock and new wave, blues and metal, Lil Wayne and the Radiators and Fats Domino and Galactic.

Sandra Bullock has been going through it to say the least, but we just found out that the Oscar-winning actress has adopted a black baby. Click here for details.

Admitting a massive cover-up, a former New Orleans police supervisor pleaded guilty to a federal obstruction charge on Wednesday, confessing that he participated in a conspiracy to justify the shooting of six unarmed people after Hurricane Katrina.

It seems that Mary J. Blige has a lot to celebrate this week...including her 39th birthday. For starters, the nine-time Grammy-winning singer/actress/producer has announced her return to the main stage at Essence Music Festival this summer.

In a groundbreaking decision, a <strong>federal judge</strong> ruled late Wednesday that the <strong>Army Corps of Engineers'</strong> mismanagement of maintenance at the <strong>Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet</strong> was directly responsible for flood damage in <strong>St. Bernard Parish</strong> and the <strong>Lower 9th Ward</strong> after <strong>Hurricane Katrina</strong>.<!--more-->