Essence Festival is Heading to South Africa in 2016!!!

BY: - 15 Oct '15 | Entertainment

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Essence Festival Durban

Essence has just released huge news! They’ve partnered with eThekwini Municipality to host the Essence Festival in Durban, South Africa in 2016 and 2017.

Here’s more info from the official release:

The Essence Festival Durban will follow the format of the annual New Orleans event; presenting international performers and speakers to entertain and inspire, as well as a host of local artists and experts.  The event will bring exciting and informative ideas to equip small businesses through empowerment seminars across various sectors including career guidance workshops and other empowerment initiatives aimed at the youth.

“We are delighted to partner with the vibrant city of Durban to launch the Essence Festival globally in South Africa,” said Essence President Michelle Ebanks.  “Hosting our first international Essence Festival in Durban purposefully extends our mission to convene the diaspora around shared aspirations.”

Mayor Nxumalo said the city of Durban had made waves internationally in the past two years by hosting a number of high profile events, which will now include the Essence Festival to further cement Durban as a choice international destination. Nxumalo said the Essence partnership would continue to focus on the development of women and youth in business. A number of women-owned businesses will be selected to trade at the Festival which will boost their profile and drive sales for the company.

Read the more details here on the Essence website.

BMWK fam are you heading to Essence Fest in Durban? Share this with your friends so you can begin planning now! 

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VIDEO: David Banner’s “Marry Me” Is the Song that Black Love Needs Right Now

BY: - 10 Nov '15 | Entertainment

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David Banner featuring Rudy Currence Marry Me Video Lyrics

The first time I heard David Banner’s new hit single, “Marry Me,” featuring singer Rudy Currence, unexpectedly, I teared up. I have lived my forty plus years beneath this dark chocolate coating, proudly embracing it and daring others to do the same.

But the thing with experience is you get to… experience.  And, unfortunately, despite my self love, I have experienced the inexplicable sadness that accompanies the disrespect saucily delivered through song, movies, and sometimes face to face, from our men.

Adding insult to injury, the issue has been treated as either non-existent, or no big deal.  So, we have had to do battle not only with “the man,” but with our men.  David Banner aims to change all of that.

“I made ‘Marry Me’ for women, because in order for us to go to war with whoever, we gotta make amends with our women, and our daughters,” Banner said in a recent interview with ‘Sway in the Morning’.  “We gotta get this back with our families.” Check out the song with lyrics below.

Hopefully, Banner’s acknowledgement of a wrong against our women of color, and his beautifully delivered attempt to correct it, will serve to uplift our community. The time for sweeping the nasty truth under the rug about the treatment of women of color is gone. It starts with our men and David Banner is leading the way.

“I wanted the women, especially dark-skinned women, to know that somebody out here cares,” Banner adds.

Check out the full interview below.

BMWK, are you feeling this song? What do you think about his reasons for putting it out there?

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