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(PRNewswire) – The 20th annual ESSENCE Festival attracted a record-breaking 550,000 attendees from around the world to New Orleans this Fourth of July weekend, earning the distinction of being the largest gathering in the event’s history.
Touted as one of the country's biggest live events, the ESSENCE Festival celebrated its 20th anniversary July 3-6 with 20 stages of programming. The annual 4-day event features entertainment, empowerment, and cultural experiences during the day and the world's best performers each night.
More than 80 performing artists – including some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry such as Prince, Mary J. Blige, and Lionel Richie – performed at the event’s nighttime concerts and over 150 speakers – including Robin Roberts, Alicia Keys, Steve Harvey and the Rev. Al Sharpton – participated as part of the Festival’s daytime experience.
Created on Monday, 07 July 2014 10:48
Glynn Johns Reed devoted much of her life to community service. She made pathways straight for some, motivated and empowered others, birthed a festival, and created a business magazine that entrepreneurs would use to promote their products and concepts.
In the process of helping others to achieve their goals in business and recognizing the importance of celebrating African-American history, Reed shaped her own legacy as the founder of the Juneteenth Freedom & Heritage Festival in Memphis and the Black Pages Magazine in New Orleans.
Created on Monday, 07 July 2014 10:39
NASHVILLE – (TSU News Service) – Tennessee State University will be on the digital cutting edge this fall semester when it begins offering electronic textbooks as part of a book-bundle initiative aimed at lowering the cost of traditional “paper” books.
The plan, announced during the recent Tennessee Board of Regents meeting held at the University June 20, will allow freshman and sophomore students to buy “e-books” for general education classes, saving students between $435 to $735 per semester.
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When I was growing up, the first sport I wanted to play was softball. My friend, who lived next door to me, played, and pangs of jealousy ran through my body every time she talked about her games. I remember one spring I begged my mother to sign me up for the softball team, but she said she wouldn’t because the coach was a “d--e.” Mind you, I was about 8 years old when she told me that.
“D--e,” “b--ldagger,” “l--bo” and “f--” were some of the terms I heard in my “Christian” household. To this day, I still don’t know from where “b--ldagger” originates, but it was my grandmother’s term for lesbians. I didn’t realize the softball coach was a lesbian until my mother told me. I was never to go near her, even though she was always outside playing with the other kids.