The Essence Festival witnessed the largest turn-out it’s ever had with 550,000 people in attendance. People from all over were celebrating 20 years of black excellence throughout the streets of New Orleans with good music, good concerts, and most importantly good food over the holiday weekend. (

There’s not just good food in New Orleans, but all across the US. Furthermore, everybody loves good food for the soul – literally. Find the best Soul Food Restaurants around the country that are sure to satisfy your taste buds. (TheRoot)

Staying in the south, Spelman College will be losing one of their gems to retirement. After working long and hard on a scholarship campaign with a record breaking $157.8 million for the nation’s #1 HBCU, President Beverly Tatum has said she will officially retire on June 30, 2015. (

Speaking of education and HBCU’s in Atlanta, the nephew of Troy Davis – the man convicted for the murder of police officer Mark MacPhail in 1989 and executed in Savannah, Georgia in 2011 – is raising money to continue his college education. After completing his freshman year at Morehouse College on the dean’s list, he is determined to provide a promising future for himself through a fundraiser for his remaining 3 years. (Huffington Post)

Popular Netflix sitcom Orange is the New Black star, Laverne Cox makes history. She is the first transgender actress to ever be nominated for an Emmy Award. (Colorlines)

Leaving the television screen and heading to the stage, Broadway musical Cats has returned. This time the play will incorporate a more contemporary, hip-hop flavor with rap music, according to composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. (JET)

Now go out grab some great food with friends or family, or catch an exciting Broadway production!

Have a great weekend!

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