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This year Essence Magazine hosted the 22nd Annual Essence Music Festival in the heart of the South, New Orleans, Louisiana. The weekend-long event featured nightly music performances by some of today’s favorite artists as well as a few of the classics, as well as family friendly activities at the convention center. The Essence Music Festival which was originally created to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Essence was aimed primarily at African American females. Today the event is attended by a wide demographic but remains relatively unknown outside of the black community which to me is just fine.
While my opinion may sound somewhat rude let me explain. The Essence Music Festival was created in order to celebrate Essence Magazine’s 25th anniversary. Essence Magazine is a publication aimed at the African American community, namely women and that is something that hasn’t changed in the nearly 50 years it’s been in circulation. While it’s unfortunate that much of the world outside of the African American community is ignorant to this amazing event it’s their loss. It’s been made very apparent in recent days that we must take it upon ourselves as a people to celebrate the culture that we created. Today the Essence Music Festival doesn’t simply celebrate the Magazine’s success but rather looks to focus on the positive work that is being done by our people in music and business.
This year Essence also featured Beauty & Style panels as well as professional panels offering patrons information from business leaders and moguls on how they achieved their own success. Every year the Essence Music Festival looks to bring people together in a positive atmosphere and foster growth as well as numerous opportunities for people to learn and network. It just happens to be aimed at empowering the community that fostered it’s success, the African American community. The festival also doesn’t look to target one specific age group, it looks to bridge the gap across the generations by featuring panels, activities and musical performances that speak to every age group.
Other organizations have learned the importance of the Essence Music Festival and are beginning to tag on to the success that was built by Essence. During the Essence Music Festival weekend including Walker’s Legacy, a growing global women in business collective founded to establish networks of empowerment and access for women of color in business. Over the weekend Walker’s Legacy hosted a Business Brunch Summit which featured numerous inspiring speakers who told stories of struggle, success, and encouragement.
I point all of this out to say that while America may be waging a war against our people there are still positive moves being made. We as a people may just have to accept that if we want something done to further our move up the ladder we will have to do it ourselves and Essence Magazine is a key player.
From the surprise opening performance by Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar to the outstanding tribute performances honoring the late great Prince, the BET Awards were nothing short of outstanding. The BET Awards were also nothing short of #MelaninMagic and not so subtle messages to America that […]
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This morning bright and early the Nominees for the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards were announced on CBS and the Twitterverse came alive. Everyone and their mama voiced their opinion on the nominees, good or bad. Leading the pack in nominations, Kendrick Lamar becomes the second most nominated artist in history after Michael Jackson. Kendrick, the California rapper, has been nominated for 11 GRAMMYs with Taylor Swift and The Weeknd tied for second with 7 nominations apiece. This year’s nominations seem to have some people in an uproar believing certain artists have been snubbed (a certain boy band comes to mind) which is inevitable since not everyone can be nominated. A problem with the GRAMMY awards seems to be people’s lack of knowledge on how the nominations actually work. The GRAMMYs are not the MTV Awards or the VMAs, these awards are not simply based on the votes of overly excited teen girls. If you’re unfamiliar with how the nominating and voting process works check it out, here.
The GRAMMY Awards are considered music’s biggest night and to simply be nominated for an award is an honor. This year Kendrick Lamar was nominated for 11 awards for his album To Pimp a Butterfly which in my opinion is rightly deserved. I’m a fan of Taylor Swift, she’s a great artist, but she can’t continue to be nominated every year for every award. While Kendrick’s nominations were no surprise there were quite a few that seem to have caught most people off guard. Namely, the most surprising seems to be Alabama Shakes who was nominated for 5 awards. Justin Bieber was even nominated for Best Dance Recording for his unlikely collaboration with Skrillex and Diplo on “Where Are U Now”.
Some unlikely and some not so unlikely snubs this year go to the boys of One Direction (sorry girls) and Rihanna. While 1D had an eligible album Rihanna hasn’t released a new album in almost 3 years making her ineligible to be nominated. What I can’t get over is Drake’s nomination for his Meek Mill dis track “Back to Back” which was nominated for Best Rap Performance. Who knew a dis track could potentially win you a GRAMMY?! Either way congrats to all of the nominees and to those who weren’t nominated keep pushing this just wasn’t your year.
For a full list of the nominees visit the LA Times, here.
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Speak It Into Existence
Happy New Year! I want to wish everyone a happy new year. May 2015 be a prosperous and productive year for everyone. With a new year comes a new me, right? Wrong! Nothing will change unless you do. I have seen so many posts across my social media by everyone and they mama talking about “New Year, New Me”. I hate to be the one to break it to you but nothing will change in 2015 unless you decide to make a change and stick to it. Most New Year’s resolutions last all of a week or maybe even a month if you’re motivated, but the problem is they never seem to be seen all the way to completion. I want this year to be the year you stick with your new year’s resolutions and create the change you want to see. I’ll be honest and admit to the fact that I have been one of the goal setters in the past and the longest I usually make it before I forget about my goals is about a month or two, but this year I felt something different.
I had a big year in 2014 starting with quitting my dead-end 9-5 job and taking up public relations full-time. My career goal is to be a celebrity publicist and work for the musicians that I admire and enjoy. This is a big goal and I know there is a long road ahead of me, but how am I supposed to accomplish this goal if I don’t take a step out on faith and do something about it? After quitting my job I moved halfway across the country from my home state of Minnesota to sunny San Antonio, Texas. This was another goal that I can say I accomplished. After surviving one brutal winter after graduating college I told myself I would not endure another one and sure enough I was up and out before the beginning of this winter. Anyways, I quit my job decided to attend the Revolt Music Conference and I can honestly say this was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I decided to invest in myself and my career. This conference allowed me to learn, grow, and connect with other industry professionals. Not to mention I got a shout out from the man himself, Diddy via Instagram which forever changed the game for me. Needless to say my stock went up exponentially in a matter of days and I just want to continue to build on what Diddy kick started for me. I can’t let the man down!
So as for 2015 I’m not going to say “New Year, New Me” I’m just going to keep my head down and grind and I want you all to do the same. Do whatever you need to do to keep the momentum and motivation going so you can accomplish the goals you probably set forth in 2012. For me the key has been putting up visual reminders around my house but maybe for you it’s something completely different. Whatever it is I want you to find it and utilize it to keep you motivated and constantly progressing closer to your goals. I’m also a firm believer in positive energy and the law of attraction so speak it into existence. Don’t let the negative things get in your way and you will attract everything you want in the New Year.