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Jackson’s Restrained, Blige’s in Charge at Essence

A few post-Essence observations: —Raphael Saadiq has explored his musical inheritance by restaging it. After The Way I See It, his shows relied heavily on the album and its Motown […]

Essence Festival Day-by-Day

  Here’s the day by day lineup for the Essence Music Festival, which takes place in the Superdome over the July 4 weekend. Little on the main stage speaks to […]

NO on TV

  Tonight at 8 p.m. CST, VH1 Soul (Channel 362 on Cox Cable) presents a new episode of Soul Cities with Nelson George, this time featuring New Orleans. The segment was […]

The Joys of Kanye

An OffBeat staffer who went to Bonnaroo asked, “Does Essence know what it’s getting itself into?” Yahoo reports that Kanye West didn’t go on until until 4:30 a.m. for a […]