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ESSENCE FEST DAY 2 ROUNDUP: Solange, Trey Songz, Tamia, Meagan Good, Wale, Keyshia Cole & MORE Hit The W Day Party, The Superdome, & More

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Solange Knowles, Trey Songz, Keyshia Cole and more took over the Superdome during Day 2 of the 2013 Essence Festival last night.  We’ve got the pics, plus everybody who hit up the day party and afterparties…

 

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Solo Star made her way to the Superdome just one day ahead of her sis’ main stage performance.

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Trey Songz hit the mainstage…shirtless.

 

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Keyshia Cole did her best to rock the stage.

 

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And she was spotted around the Superdome with a few of our fave R&B chicks–Deborah Cox, Tamia and Kelly Price.

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A sparkling Charlie Wilson worked it out.

And in the superlounges:

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Faith Evans, rocking her pink Jimmy Choos, had the Superdome lounge packed out, and even had fellow "R&B Diva" Kelly Price come up to sing with her.

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And New Edition hit the press room after taking over the stage 6 strong.  By the way, they had the entire Superdome losing their minds.  They’ve still got it…

 

Celebs also hit up the Essence Day Party at the W Hotel in full force yesterday afternoon:

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Fab chick Bridget Kelly was there to sing the hook on Wale‘s song for his "Bad" performance.

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Lance was there looking yummy in red.

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Wale posed it up with Brandy.

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And hubby & wife Meagan Good & DeVon Franklin were spotted chatting up all the gospel artists.

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And "Hollywood Exes" stars Nicole Murphy & Andrea Kelly had some fun there.

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And Estelle also took the stage to perform.

 

Back at the Convention Center, the Hollywood panel for the Verizon Wireless booth took place with Jill Scott, Kevin Hart, Laz Alonso & Will Packer:

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Fab.

Brandy was spotted around the Convention Center with her fiance Ryan Press, who everyone believes looks way too much like Laz.  And this pic proves it:

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She also caught up with her girl Niecy Nash.

 

And at Kevin Hart‘s b-day bash/Essence afterparty, he kicked it with Trey Songz:

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And D-Nice hung out with Maxwell before the "Fire We Make" singer jetted off to Atlanta.

 

The YBF is on the scene!  Follow us on Twitter (@TheYBF) for up to the minute updates, pics & videos LIVE from the 2013 Essence Festival!

Photos: WeTV’s IG/Brandy’s IG/DJ D-Nice’s IG/Chris Mitchell/Essence.com/Keyshia’s IG/TheYBF.com

ESSENCE FEST DAY 2 ROUNDUP: Solange, Trey Songz, Tamia, Meagan Good, Wale, Keyshia Cole & MORE Hit The W Day Party, The Superdome, & More

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Solange Knowles, Trey Songz, Keyshia Cole and more took over the Superdome during Day 2 of the 2013 Essence Festival last night.  We’ve got the pics, plus everybody who hit up the day party and afterparties…

 

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Solo Star made her way to the Superdome just one day ahead of her sis’ main stage performance.

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Trey Songz hit the mainstage…shirtless.

 

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Keyshia Cole did her best to rock the stage.

 

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And she was spotted around the Superdome with a few of our fave R&B chicks–Deborah Cox, Tamia and Kelly Price.

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A sparkling Charlie Wilson worked it out.

And in the superlounges:

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Faith Evans, rocking her pink Jimmy Choos, had the Superdome lounge packed out, and even had fellow "R&B Diva" Kelly Price come up to sing with her.

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And New Edition hit the press room after taking over the stage 6 strong.  By the way, they had the entire Superdome losing their minds.  They’ve still got it…

 

Celebs also hit up the Essence Day Party at the W Hotel in full force yesterday afternoon:

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Fab chick Bridget Kelly was there to sing the hook on Wale‘s song for his "Bad" performance.

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Lance was there looking yummy in red.

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Wale posed it up with Brandy.

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And hubby & wife Meagan Good & DeVon Franklin were spotted chatting up all the gospel artists.

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And "Hollywood Exes" stars Nicole Murphy & Andrea Kelly had some fun there.

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And Estelle also took the stage to perform.

 

Back at the Convention Center, the Hollywood panel for the Verizon Wireless booth took place with Jill Scott, Kevin Hart, Laz Alonso & Will Packer:

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Fab.

Brandy was spotted around the Convention Center with her fiance Ryan Press, who everyone believes looks way too much like Laz.  And this pic proves it:

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She also caught up with her girl Niecy Nash.

 

And at Kevin Hart‘s b-day bash/Essence afterparty, he kicked it with Trey Songz:

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And D-Nice hung out with Maxwell before the "Fire We Make" singer jetted off to Atlanta.

 

The YBF is on the scene!  Follow us on Twitter (@TheYBF) for up to the minute updates, pics & videos LIVE from the 2013 Essence Festival!

Photos: WeTV’s IG/Brandy’s IG/DJ D-Nice’s IG/Chris Mitchell/Essence.com/Keyshia’s IG/TheYBF.com

Tamia CONNECTS With FANS At “A Conversation With Tamia” + Kendrick Lamar PUSHES Album RELEASE Back, ANNOUNCES Tour Dates

"Give Me You" singer Tamia spent an intimate evening talking to fans in Atlanta recently.  See the pics inside and find out about Kendrick Lamar’s new release date and tour.

While promoting her 5th album, Beautiful Surprise, Tamia spent an evening talking to fans last night for Majic 107.5 | 97.5′s "A Conversation With Tamia."

The event was held at Taboo 2 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dressed in a lovely floral jacket, the singer chatted it up about her new album and her career in the music business.

The down-to-earth diva was approachable and very receptive to her fans.

 

 

Also in music…….

Kendrick Lamar has announced Monday, October 22, as the new release date for good kid, m.A.A.d city.

The disc will feature the hit T-Minus-produced track “Swimming Pools (Drank). and a collaboration with Lady Gaga called “Partynauseous."

And for fans who want to see him live, he’s headlining the “BET Music Matters” tour with special guests Stalley, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock.

Check out "BET Music Matters" tour dates:

Sept. 7 – Norfolk, VA – The Norva
Sept. 8 – Richmond, VA – The National
Sept. 11 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
Sept. 12 – Baltimore, MD- Rams Head
Sept. 13 – Philadelphia, PA – TLA
Sept. 14 – Washington, DC – Howard Theater
Sept. 15 – New York, NY – Terminal 5
Sept. 16 – Boston, MA – The Wilbur Theater
Sept. 19 – Toronto, ON – Sound Academy
Sept. 20 – Detroit, MO – Royal Oak
Sept. 21 – Minneapolis, MN – Epic
Sept. 22 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
Sept. 23 – Chicago, IL – The Congress
Sept. 25 – Tallahassee, FL – The Moon
Sept. 26 – Tampa, FL – The Ritz Ybor
Sept. 27 – Miami, FL – The Fillmore
Sept. 28 – Orlando, FL – Plaza Live
Sept. 29 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
Sept. 30 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
Oct. 1 – Baton Rouge, LA – Varsity Theater
Oct. 6 – Fresno, CA – Big Fresno Fair
Oct. 7 – Pozo, CA – Pozo Saloon
Oct. 8 – Denver, CO – The Ogden Theater
Oct. 9 – Blacksburg, VA – Burruss Auditorium – Virginia Polytech University
Oct. 10 – San Diego, CA – SOMA
Oct. 11 – Phoenix, AZ – Celebrity Theater
Oct. 13 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre
Oct. 14 – Seattle, WA – The Neptune
Oct. 16 – San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom
Oct. 17 – Los Angeles, CA – Club Nokia
Oct. 18 – Pomona, CA – Fox Theater
Oct. 19 – Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock Cafe
Oct. 20 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
Oct. 26 – Morgantown, WV – WVU Collisuem – West Virginia University



Photos via Paras Griffin

Nick & Mariah, Grant & Tamia, Angela Simmons & More GET FAB For Russell Simmons’ Art For Life Benefit

It was a fab times in the Hamptons last night at Russell Simmons’ East Hamptons estate as 13th annual Art For Life benefit was in full effect.  And despite the rain, celebs came out to help raise over $ 2 mill for art programs! 

 

If you caught our Twitter timeline last night, you saw our play by play action as YBF was on the scene.  Now check the official pics inside…

Honorees Nick Cannon & Mariah Carey helped raise millions last night at Art For Life.  MiMi was pretty in pink as both Russ and Nick kept it Hamptons preppy in pastels and a mix of prints.

Also honored last night were Grant Hill and fab wife Tamia, who rocked a dipped hem colorful strapless frock from Aidan Maddox.

The whole Simmons fam posed for a pic on the red carpet–Uncle Danny, Angela, Ming, Russell, little Miley, Aoki, Russey, Justine & Rev. Run.

Aww look at little Miley!

Angela rocked a really cute look as well.

Ming & Aoki looked too cute…and they’re growing up before our eyes.  Ming is indeed Kimora’s mini me.

The Rev snapped some pics inside with Rocsi and Trayvon Martin’s mom Sybrina and Trayvon’s brother.

Diggy performed for his uncle’s event of course.


 

Soledad O’Brien served as a host for the evening.

Former "The Wire" star Michael K. Williams was there in his Hamptons best.

Melanie Fiona rocked a cute colorful look.  Mel performed and posed it up with another performer of the night, Ms. Anita Baker.

Diggy posed with his uncles on the red carpet before hitting the stage.

Rocsi also spent some time on the carpet.

MC Lyte made her way to the event to support.

Kevin Liles and wife Erika looked excited to be there. 

Producer geniuses L.A. Reid and Babyface posed for a shot.

And Salt-N-Pepa were on hand to perform.

And a few twitpics we came across:

Salt, Pep & MC Lyte shared a photo.  While publicist Marvet Britto also shared a photo with the fabulous Ms. Baker.

 

Photos: Ajon Brodie & Global Grind

Tamia PERFORMS On “Good Day NY” + Mariah Carey SIGNS ON For Lee Daniels’ “The Butler” + Emmitt Smith HEADING BACK To “DWTS”

 

Tamia stopped by "Good Day NY" today where she belted out her latest track.  Watch it inside and get deets on pop star Mariah Carey appearing in The Butler, and Emmitt Smith on "DWTS."

 

Musical chick Tamia dropped by the studio at "Good Day NY" today where she performed the lead single from her latest album Beautiful Surprise. And though her hubby Grant Hill is in London today with First Lady Michelle Obama as an Olympic delegate, the couple will be honored at Russell Simmons’ Rush Philanthropic "Art for Life" Gala along with Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon tomorrow.

The fab chick was styled by Samantha Telfai for her performance where she wore a sheer leopard blouse by BB Dakota, pants by Tibi, and a black Hermes cuff.

Watch it here:

 

 

And in movies……

"American Idol" judge Mariah Carey (shown above in her official "Idol" promo pic) just signed on for Lee Daniels’ The Butler which has begun shooting in New Orleans.  Former "ANTM" star and actress Yaya DaCosta was also added to the cast.  

The film is based on the true-life story of Eugene Allen, who worked as a butler in the White House from 1952 to 1986, serving under eight presidents. 

Mariah and Yaya will join other YBFers like Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey and Jesse Williams who’ve already begun shooting.  And music for the film will be composed by the legendary Quincy Jones.  This may be good…

 

And on tv…..

Season three winner Emmitt Smith will return to "DWTS" this season (Sept. 24th) for its "All-Star" edition.  The NFL legend will be back on the floor dancing it up yest again. Unfortunately, he’s the only YBFer returning… so far.  There’s still a chance Kyle Massey will get voted back on as well.

Get the full list of who’s been announced so far HERE.

 

EXTRAS:

1. Amidst the huge controversy behind the fast fod chain’s stance on gay marriage, the head PR person for Chick-Fil-A died today of a heart attack.  STORY

BAYOU BASH: Melanie Fiona, Grant & Tamia Hill & More Do The McDonald’s 365Black AWARDS!

 

McDonald’s honored Chaka Khan, Grant Hill and wife Tamia and Bishop T.D. Jakes for their charity work on Friday at a big bash in New Orleans ahead of the Festival concerts . See pics and get deets inside….

 

 

Last night, tons of YBF professionals packed the Mahalia Jackson Theater in New Orleans today for the 2012 McDonald’s® 365Black® Awards.  The event honors outstanding African-Americans who are making positive contributions to the community.  Honorees included Chaka Khan, Bishop T.D. Jakes; Tamia and Grant Hill, teenage medical innovator Tony Hansberry, II; youth empowerment activist Mary-Pat Hector; and McDonald’s owner/operators, Tina and Harold Lewis.

Chaka said, 

"Helping others and giving back are critical components to making our community stronger, and it was moving to witness the number of celebrities and community members who supported the event. "I am humbled I was chosen to receive the 365Black Award with such an amazing group of individuals who also embrace community service. I commend McDonald’s for their ongoing efforts to make community service a priority."

Tank walked the red carpet for the event looking dapper.

MC Lyte looked comfortable and stylish.

We love the big fro on Marsha Ambrosius.

T.D. Jakes offered words of wisdom as he accepted his award.

Tamia and Grant Hill graciously accepted their honor.

Q. Parker and all his muscles was there.

Mary Mary looked radiant…and they performed!

Rev. Al Sharpton struck a pose with the teen honoree.

And Tisha Campbell posed with Ronald.

Melanie Fiona also graced the stage looking fabulous in white.

Photos via Alstek Photography

B-BALL FUN: The Smith Family GET HAPPY At The 76ers Game In Philly + Monica & Tamia POSE At The Suns Game

The Smith family was spotted at Philly 76ers game on Friday night where they cheered on Will‘s hometown team. See the pics inside and see Monica and Tamia cheering on their hubbys at the Suns game….

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REAL Basketball Wife Tamia Has Some Words About The “Basketball Wives”+ GIANTS Star Devin Thomas Is Newly Single

Basketball wife Tamia (married to Phoneix Suns baller Grant Hill) recently dished on her new single and album "Beautiful Surprise" and offered up her thoughts about the "reality" Continue reading