With so many submissions, we had to choose randomly. The winner of the tickets is Andrea Kerlegan.
This year MrsGrapevine.com has partnered with ESSENCE Fest to give one lucky reader a chance to attend Saturday Night’s concert, featuring Mary J Blige and The Roots. Details on how to enter are below.
Every year ESSENCE provides top of the line talent, and this year’s line up is no different. Headlining the 20th ESSENCE Festival: Year of Empowerment, July 3-6 in New Orleans, is legendary singer and musician Prince, plus the talented Lionel Richie, Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Ledisi and Charlie Wilson. But the list does not stop there other artists performing include 112, Amel Larrieux, Doug E Fresh, Elle Varner, Eve, Leela James, Marsha Ambrosius, Naughty by Nature, Raheem Davaughn, Sevyn Streeter, and legendary vocalist Stephanie Mills.
Trey Songz, K Michelle, and Jazmine Sullivan will kick-off the festival Thursday night at the ESSENCE #NowPlaying concert. That’s four full nights of music!
Music is just one of the many things that the ESSENCE Festival offers. This year’s 20th Anniversary ESSENCE Empowerment Experience Stage series will feature Alicia Keys speaking on
Footage leaked yesterday of President Obama getting his workout on in a hotel gym in Warsaw, Poland. Evidently, without being seen by the president’s security team a fellow gym goer snapped the footage of Barack mid-workout. The leaked footage shows Obama, in a dark blue track suit and white T-shirt, lifting dumbbells while surrounded by several people in the Marriott Hotel’s luxury gym.
In the video, which is just a bit over a minute long, the president can be seen doing a mix of weight work, lunges and cardio. Obama looks focused and incredibly determined through the workout. Watch the video below…
The President arrived in the Polish capital earlier this week to begin his European tour. This man is the leader of the free world and still has time to go to the gym…what’s your excuse?!
So every time President Obama does something, it’s a scandal of epic proportion unprecedented in US history, except in almost all cases it’s really not. The latest scandal outrage of the day is over Bowe Bergdahl, a soldier captured by the Taliban after leaving his post in the middle of night for reasons, yet unknown. Bergdahl’s character is quite questionable, as it should be and as it always has been. However, the same Conservatives who are outraged that President Obama would even consider rescuing this “traitor” (there words now not mine)…turns out they were outraged months ago that President Obama had NOT yet rescued this American “hero” (there words then not mine). How can this be…a traitor and a hero? Let’s take a look at the tweets.
Exhibit 1 brought to us by Gawker:
This is so comical to read. Mind you most of the information on Bowe Bergdahl leaving his post, and leaving his troops behind have been in public records for years. Up until President Obama actually did something to bring Bergdahl home, Conservatives have been begging for President Obama to take the deal, and DO everything necessary to save an American…
In less than 24 hours
Monica Lewinsky is tired of hiding in the shadows while the internet continues to brand her as the sidepiece and make jokes about her infamous affair with President Bill Clinton. So why now?
The suicide of Tyler Clementi, an 18 year-old college student who killed himself after a video of him kissing another boy was leaked online, inspired Monica Lewinsky to finally come from out of the shadows and to speak out. Monica Lewinsky is still the poster child for internet humiliation, tabloid fodder, and the butt of late night jokes, although the scandal broke in 1998. Therefore she wants to let people know that no matter how dark the situation becomes, suicide shouldn’t be the final answer. To prove her point, Monica Lewinsky has penned a letter to Vanity Affair that will post online (May 8th), detailing the fallout from the affair while clearing up many, many rumors.
…my own suffering took on a different meaning. Perhaps by sharing my story, I reasoned, I might be able to help others in their darkest moments of humiliation. The question became: How do I find and give a purpose to my past?
As I’m reading Monica’s words, the lyrics to Beyonce’s Partition is playing in the background of my brain; I imagine Monica Lewinsky has heard this song a few times. Turns out she has. Monica Lewinsky responds to the lyrics and to Beyonce with great wit:
We now have a face to this horrible crime that shocked the world. Abubakar Shekau, the leader of Boko Haram, a National Islamist militant group terrorizing Nigeria, admits to kidnapping hundreds of girls from Chibok in northeastern Nigeria. The leader in a newly released video, vows to sell each and every girl in the name of Allah on the black market.
God instructed me to sell them, they are his properties and I will carry out his instructions…I abducted your girls. I will sell them in the market, by Allah…There is a market for selling humans. Allah says I should sell. He commands me to sell. I will sell women. I sell women…Girls, you should go and get married.
I’m fairly sure if you kidnap and rape girls, or kill and rape women, you are not doing it in the name of any God, but for selfish twisted reasons of power. I’m also fairly sure heaven will not be your reward. These crimes are so barbaric and irrational, and to think these men believe this to be the face of God. Times like this I really appreciate America’s drone program. IJS, couldn’t we just do a little drive by…fly by.
This news cycle has been heavy. There are so many stories that we haven’t gotten to, yet, including this one. For the life of me, I can’t understand how 234 girls can disappear without a trace, kidnapped in the middle of the night from their own school. According to unverified news reports, hundreds of young girls have been kidnapped by a militant terrorist group known as Boko Haram from their boarding school in Chibok, Borno a small town in northeast Nigeria. Reportedly girls between the ages of 16-18, have been taken to the northeast border of Nigeria near Cameroon, where they have been sold as slave-brides for $12 to militant men in the boarding countries of Cameroon and Chad. This information has come from villagers from Sambisa Forest, also near Nigeria’s northern border.
A few girls (about 50 or so), like Deborah Sanya manage to escape. Sanya is able to explain how the militants executed this kidnapping, read her account below: