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Black Music Month: Best Summer Concerts

11 June 2011 11:05 AM, PDT

The official start of summer is fast approaching and you know what that means: cookouts, lazy days, vacations, and concerts! For music lovers, the summer season is bursting with all-day festivals and blockbuster stadium tours. Whether you love to listen to music under a canopy of stars, or in an arena filled with thousands of screaming fans, the summer is your time sit back, relax, and take in a great show. Not sure who's hitting the road this summer? As we celebrate Black Music Month, Essence.com round up the hottest concerts to check out this summer. Happy listening, dancing, and singing along! »

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Must-See: Sundance Film Festival's 'Pariah' Trailer

11 June 2011 8:30 AM, PDT

It's not everyday we find serious films tackling the experience of young Black girls but "Pariah", the latest newcomer to Sundance Film Festival, does just that. Executive produced by Spike Lee and starring Kim Wayans, the film follows the story of Alike, a Black lesbian teen who struggles to stay true to herself while coming-out to her Christian-oriented family. The coming-of-age tale marks a big debut for young actress Dee Rees -- definitely a must-see »

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Miracle Worker: Surya Brasil Color Fixation Collection

11 June 2011 8:15 AM, PDT

Kerry Washington doesn't set foot on the red carpet unless her hair is glossy, bouncy and flawless (those bangs!). Now you can create your own red carpet moment at home with Surya Brasil's Color Fixation Collection. Formulated for damaged, chemically-treated and colored hair, this line revives even the driest and dullest locks. Our current obsession is the Restorative Serum, which smooths down frizzies and repairs split ends with a blend of Brazilian herbs and fruit oils. Kerry Washington-esque fierceness, here we come! Surya Brasil Color Fixation Collection Restorative Serum, $7.99, available at Whole Foods »

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Go Girls! Kelly and Keri Take Over the UK

11 June 2011 7:30 AM, PDT

Our favorite girls on the go, Kelly Rowland and Keri Hilson, are currently turning heads in the UK -- Kelly is an "X-Factor" judge, and Keri is promoting her album, "No Boys Allowed." It seems like every day we wake up to new photos of these two representing for us sisters back home and looking oh-so-glam across the pond. Take a look at their fabulous romp overseas. »

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Oprah's Finally Taking Some Time Off

11 June 2011 7:10 AM, PDT

After famously wrapping her final episode of 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' on May 25th, and saying farewell to her regular daytime TV gig, known workaholic Oprah Winfrey is finally getting away from it all.Her Own Network is still fresh and new so many fans expected Lady O to dig right in once she'd freed up her time. But Oprah decided to take a break »

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Sound Off: Confessions of a NBA Widow

11 June 2011 7:05 AM, PDT

Each year in May when the NBA playoff season starts I lose my husband. The man I married disappears and what's left sprawled across our couch is an empty shell of the man I once knew. He becomes a zombie who only speaks sports lingo, pays attention to nothing but the television after 8pm, and someone who refuses to move from the couch for hours and leaves butt prints behind. I am an NBA widow, and these are my confessions »

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Top 10: The Week's Best Dressed

11 June 2011 7:05 AM, PDT

Now that the entire country is riding the wave of warm weather, things are heating up. From bold pops of color to super-sexy swimsuits, this week's Top Ten fashionistas pay homage to the gorgeous summer weather to come.Take a look at our top picks for this week and let us know who you thought rocked the Red Carpet best! »

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Love Notes: Kanye's Ex Speaks Up, 'Bridezillas' Return

10 June 2011 12:00 PM, PDT

Celebrities fall in and out of love so fast it can be hard to keep up! Lucky for you, we've got you covered. Check out our new weekly roundup of hook-ups, heartbreak, and "Oh, hell nos." This week, read why Kanye's exes are clashing, find out what Kobe and Vanessa Bryant's new passion project is, watch Tisha Campbell-Martin reveal Tmi on live TV, and much, much more »

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Jennifer Hudson Hospitalized after 'Gma' Performance

10 June 2011 12:00 PM, PDT

After performing a set as part of the America's Summer Concert Series in Central Park on "Good Morning America" this morning, Extra is reporting that Essence Music Festival headliner Jennifer Hudson was hospitalized in New York City. The singer, who recently landed a weight loss book deal, was scheduled for a second appearance today on CBS' "The Early Show," but it was canceled after Jennifer complained of serious abdominal pains after her first performance »

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Street Style: For Your Eyes Only

10 June 2011 11:35 AM, PDT

Bluefly.com, the site known for stocking deeply discounted luxury goods, has a new site: Eyefly.com. Here's where you can get your fill of chic prescription glasses for just $99 each! To celebrate such luxe frames for less, Eyefly.com threw a launch party attended by some of New York's fiercest fashionistas. Our photographer, Darryl Calmese, was on hand to capture attendees in their funky day dresses, cool cross-body bags, and, of course, the best glasses in town! See what they wore and be inspired »

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Essential Viewing: The Week in Pictures

10 June 2011 11:30 AM, PDT

Essential Viewing 6/10The Week in RewindIt was an eventful, red carpet-filled week for our favorite celebs.Everyone had a reason to get dressed to impress, and as you will see, they were impressive indeed! President and First Lady Michelle Obama looked radiant as they hosted a State Dinner in Washington, DC, while Kanye, Kerry Washington, and Chanel Iman brought their fashion A-game to the Cfda Awards in New York City. Check out who else was fashionably fly this week inside...Alicia KeysAlicia Keys speaks at the 'HIV Priorities for Positive Change - In Women's Words' during the Un conference on AIDS at the United Nations in New York City.President Barack Obama and First LadyMichelle ObamaHow romantic! President Obama and The First Lady walk across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington.EstelleEstelle rocks a lovely printed dress at the Samsung Hope for Children gala in New York City. »

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Natural Hair Vloggers are More Influential Than Ever

10 June 2011 11:00 AM, PDT

Raise your hand if you're a natural girl who learned fab styling and maintenance tips from YouTube vloggers! According to The New York Times, you're not alone. In a recent piece on the natural hair vlogging phenomenon, the publication reported that there are hundreds of chemical-free women on YouTube, posting videos, blogs and tutorials on products, hair tools, styling tips, "transitioning" tricks -- anything that can help their unrelaxed sisthren feel more confident about rocking their textured tresses »

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Celeb Cam: Twitpics of the Week

10 June 2011 10:05 AM, PDT

We're just getting into the groove of summer, and so are many of our favorite celebs. From Keshia Knight Pulliam on the beach, to Alicia Keys in a convertible, to Monica and Shannon in Turks and Caicos -- everyone is soaking up the heat these days. And by the way, we're doing it in style -- just like NeNe Leakes. Take a look at the some Twitter's most dazzling and cute twitpics of the week. Enjoy! »

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Must-See: Alicia Keys Reflects on 10 Years in Music

10 June 2011 9:30 AM, PDT

Alicia Keys is celebrating 10 years since the debut of her album, "Songs in A Minor." The Essence June cover girl will mark her anniversary by re-releasing a collector's edition of "Songs in A Minor" this month. She has also filmed a mini-documentary that reflects on her career highlights and gives a behind-the-scenes look at the making of her debut album »

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Jada Pinkett-Smith: Time Apart Brings You Together

10 June 2011 8:05 AM, PDT

After 14 happy years of marriage, it's safe to say that "HawthoRNe" star Jada Pinkett-Smith knows a thing or two about keeping the love alive. She and Will Smith continue to be positive examples of Black love in our community. Their secret? Taking some time off and putting family first. Yes, really. "Absence makes the heart grow fonder," Jada recently told Uptown magazine »

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Exclusive: Bishop T.D. Jakes' Daughter Marries

10 June 2011 8:00 AM, PDT

Bishop T.D. Jakes gave his eldest daughter away last weekend. Jakes and wife Serita opened their home to 150 close family and friends who happily watched as their daughter Cora married Richard Brandon Coleman on Saturday, June 4th in a private ceremony. Bishop Jakes walked his daughter down the aisle and officiated the ceremony. The theme of the day was a peaches and cream "Southern Affair" »

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Tracey Edmonds to Produce E. Lynn Harris Films

10 June 2011 7:55 AM, PDT

Best-selling author E. Lynn Harris is no longer with us, but his stories will live on forever. Now, thanks to producer Tracey Edmonds ("Jumping the Broom"), they will also come to life on the big screen. Before his death two years ago, Harris had already sealed a deal with Edmonds Entertainment to produce his first novel, "Invisible Life" as a film »

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5 Questions for Naomie Harris on 'The First Grader'

10 June 2011 4:00 AM, PDT

London-based award-winning actress Naomie Harris couldn't just act like a Kenyan teacher in her latest movie, "The First Grader" -- she had to become one. The actress, who starred in "28 Days Later" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," sat in a schoolhouse outside of Nairobi and taught lessons to children in order to prepare for her role as Jane Obinchu, teacher of an 84-year-old Mau Mau fighter whose desire to learn to read landed him in a classroom of first-graders. Based on the true story of Kimani Maruge, "The First Grader" is a lesson in lessons. Essence.com spoke with Naomie about her role, perfecting a Kenyan accent, and what we can all learn from the movie »

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Go for the Glam: Michelle Obama's Best Gowns Ever

9 June 2011 1:05 PM, PDT

From day dresses to workout gear, our First Lady is always Commander in Chic. But over the years, it's been her glam gowns that have really defined her style, echoed her mood, and communicated to the world who her favorite designers are. It's hard to pick just one, so we've honed-in on twenty gowns! Read on to see our picks for Mrs. O's most glam gowns ever! See how she wears them and be inspired »

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Celeb Moms: J-Hud and David Jr. Are Inseparable

9 June 2011 1:05 PM, PDT

The past two-and-a-half years have been both the happiest and saddest for Essence Music Festival headliner Jennifer Hudson. She tragically lost her mother, brother and nephew in 2008. A few months later, she was engaged to David Otunga and found out she was pregnant with her beautiful baby boy, David Daniel Otunga, Jr. (born August 11th, 2009). J-Hud says motherhood has been one of the most "amazing" experiences of her life. And from the looks of it, she takes her job very seriously, because everywhere you see her, chances are little David is not far behind. "I try to take my baby everywhere I go," she told Essence. "I make sure he gets out there and sees the world."The Oscar winner's dedication to her son and fiance reminds us that love can overcome it all. Take a look at her and David Jr. on the go »

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