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Today's Events: 7/1/11

July 1, when the Battle of Gettysburg began (1863), when SOS was adapted as the international distress signal (1908), when The Communist Party in China was founded (1921), when ZIP codes were introduced for U.S. mail (1963), when Sony introduced the Walkman, when the MPAA introduced the PG-13 rating (1984), when Sydney Pollack (1934) and Missy Elliott (1971) were born, and when Harriet Beecher Stowe (1896) and Argentina’s 29th and 41st president Juan Perón (1974) died. So let’s hear it for The Way We Were, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and obsolete technology:


7:00AM: Bayou Soul Writers and Readers Conference- Year one for this conf! Two days of New York Times best-selling authors, publishers and literary agents for master classes, panel discussions, meet-and-greets and awards presentations; goes until 5pm (Various Locations)


10:00AM: Carol's Daughter French Quarter Boutique- Natural beauty company open its doors for the eighth time with a weekend boutique in New Orleans. The shop will celebrate Mary J. Blige’s newest fragrance, My Life Blossom; expect stop-ins by Mary J. Blige (who's leading a second line on Saturday!), Trey Songz, Chris Paul, Selita Ebanks, and Jennifer Hudson (La Belle Galerie Space)


10:30AM: Essence Empowerment Seminars- The Convention Center doors are wide open Here are our picks for today:



10:30am-10:35am: ESSENCE Music Festival Welcome, by Michelle Ebanks, President of Essence Magazine

10:35am City of New Orleans Welcome by Mayor Mitch Landrieu

10:45am  Family Feud, with Steve Harvey

12:20pm Coming Home: The Nessage You Are Waiting to Hear, with Iyania Vanzant (teacher, author, speaker, talk show host, and five New York Times best-sellers under her belt)

1:05 Healthy Love, with Phil Wilson

3:40pm Sexy, Single and Satisfied, panel featuring Keisha Knight Pulliam, Demetria Lucas, Wendy Davis, Shirley Strawberry.

4:35pm Men’s Panel- Lamman ARucker, Laz Alonso, Terrence J, Tank, and Lance Gross




12:00PM: The Wizard of Oz- click dem heels (Prytania)


5:00PM: Those Peaches- With Some Like it Hot, Nasimiyu, Buena Vista Social Latin Dance Party, and Young Pinstripes Brass Band (Brass comes out last, at Midnight past) (Maison)


6:00PM: Essence Fest- The Superdome heats up for its first day of the weekend's music. Here's the complete schedule:

Main Stage

6:45pm: Boyz II Men- Philly Boys who will (still) make love to you.

7:45pm: Fantasia- American Idol throwback (season 3!)

8:45pm: Jennifer Hudson- Dreamgirl

10:05pm: Charlie Wilson- that’s Uncle Charlie Wilson, to you.

11:40pm: Usher- You got it bad, let it burn.



7:15pm: Dwele- Flashing Lights.
8:45pm: Macy Gray- still tryin’.

The Funk Sound of Minneapolis

6:30pm: Soul Rebels Brass Band- Superdome funkin’.
8:00pm: Mint Condition- …still in.
9:30pm: Alexander O'Neal and Cherrelle- Can’t go wrong with a love duet from the 80s.


7:00pm: Noel Gourdin- A Massachusettian who summered in Mississippi…you gotta hear it to believe it.

8:15pm: Miguel: ‘All I Want Is You’ feat. J. Cole, his claim to fame a la Kourtney Heart’s playlist

9:45pm: Tank- R&B Storytelling



Old School

7:45pm: Irma Thomas- Our queen of soul for over fifty years and running
9:15pm: Mavis Staples- Gospel and Rhythm & Blues goddess; she’s so timeless, Cam’ron sampled her.




6:00PM: Worn, Torn, Wet, and Wild- Arty Party- Large Scale works on paper and new paintings; food, wine, music, free (Parse Gallery)


7:30PM: From Britain With Love: Africa United- A touring British Film extravaganza brought to you by The Film Society of the Lincoln Center, UK Film Council, and Emerging Pictures. Tonight's feature I: Africa United, by Debs Gardner-Paterson (Zeitgeist)


8:00PM: Kora Konnection & Tito Sompas w/ Congoloese drummers- Celebrate Kora virtuoso Morikeba Kouyate's upcoming trip Senegal, and the arrival of legendary Congolese drummer/performerTito Sompas and his Congolese drummers. Free (Golden Feather Mardi Gras Indian Restaurant Gallery)


8:00PM: The Fashion Lab- Gris Gris Lab hosts the men and women's fashion and shopping event; Soul Sister plus during and after the event. 'All around good times' (Burrito Juke Joint)


9:00PM: From Britain With Love: Toast- A touring British Film extravaganza brought to you by The Film Society of the Lincoln Center, UK Film Council, and Emerging Pictures. Tonight's feature II: Toast, by S.J. Clarkson; hola Helena Bonham Carter (Zeitgeist)


10:00PM: Marathon/Pswingset/The Silent Game- Marathon hails from Upstate NY, and are prettty, pretttty good; PSINGET offers Austinindiepunk, and The Silent Game do punk, pop style-local style (if you were ordering at In 'n' Out). Free (Banks Street Bar)

12:00AM: Jaws- Spielberg, ever heard a him? $8 (Prytania)


*And the weekly Friday fatales: Armstrong Park Marketplace, Where Y’art at NOMA, Burlesque Ballroom at Irvin Mayfield’s, Free Food Funk n Vrunch Friday at Handsome Willy’s, and DJ Montehut at Yuki (A+!).

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