Daily Archive: July 4, 2013



19 years later, Essence Fest still holding strong

In this Feb. 3 photo, Beyonce performs during the halftime show of the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens, in New Orleans. The singer headlines at the 2013 Essence Music Festival, with other nightly concerts held in the Superdome to include, Maxwell, Jill Scott, Charlie Wilson, LL Cool J, New Edition, Emile Sande, Trey Songz, Janelle Monae and several others. The festival dates are July 4-7, 2013, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File) by Chevel Johnson NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Nearly two decades after Essence magazine launched a festival here to “party with a purpose” and celebrate Black culture, music and people, the Essence Fest may be facing some new competition. Like Essence this weekend, last weekend’s BET Experience, held in Los Angeles, had Beyonce as a headliner. It also had panels discussing topics important to the community and spanned a three-day weekend — a format Essence until recently had used for years. But Michelle Ebanks, president of Essence Communications Inc., said the similarities end there.



Can Detroit Be Saved? City engulfed in scandals, financial crisis and leadership challenges

by Bankole ThompsonMichigan Chronicle Senior EditorThe leadership challenges facing Detroit are begging for answers that are hard to find in this town. Because failed political leadership, accompanied by an enabling resistant culture, is the order of the day, and people for so long have not demanded much from those who have been guardians of the status quo at city hall, it is difficult to believe that the current crop of candidates running for mayor and city council have answers for a city that is on the brink of bankruptcy and serious financial reform.



Supreme Court decision invalidates voting rights formula

RAPID RESPONSE—Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald joins B-PEP and community activists in condemning the Supreme Court ruling that part of the Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional. (Photos by J. L. Martello) Following the Supreme Court’s June 25 Ruling that Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional, local African-Americans echoed national leaders from the NAACP, the Urban League, and others organizations to condemn the narrow 5-4 ruling, saying it destroyed more than 40 years of anti-voter discrimination work.



Michelle Obama now on Instagram, connects to fans and detractors

IN DAKAR—One of the first images on Instagram of the Obama trip to Africa showing Michelle Obama and daughter Malia surrounded by women and girls they met at the MLK Middle School in Dakar, Senegal. (Official White House Photo) (NNPA)—For those who have trolled the Internet’s catacombs to view Michelle Obama’s toned arms, bangs and signature style there’s good news: the first lady is finally on Instagram.Obama marked her first foray into the social network forum with photos and video from the first family’s trip to Africa. The first image showed her and daughter Malia surrounded by women and girls whom they met at the MLK Middle School in Dakar, Senegal.



Black sports agents strike out with Black athletes

JAMES CLINGMAN (NNPA)—Let me make a “pitch” (pun intended) for Black sports agents. Watching the NBA playoffs and finals was more than an exercise in pulling for my favorite teams; it was also a very frustrating experience for me because I tend to look at most things from an economic perspective.