NEW ORLEANS, JUNE 30-JULY 2 Every summer, Essence Festival fills the Superdome with some of the most notable black musicians of the past half-century. This year’s lineup could be reassembled in the form of a family tree: Diana Ross to Chaka Khan, Chaka Khan to Mary J. Blige, and Mary J. Blige down to John Legend, Chance the Rapper and Solange. This year’s speakers include Representative Maxine Waters of California and the film director Ava DuVernay (“Selma,” “13th”), and the local rapper Master P pulls double duty, performing hits like “Make ’Em Say Uhh!” at the concert before making them say “Hmm” when he talks about his business success at the adjacent “Path to Power” conference. (New York Times, NICK MURRAY MAY 18, 2017)
Also speaking at the Path to Power conference is Social Entrepreneur Shareef Abdul-Malik, creator and Founder of WeBuyBlack.com, a global marketplace where you can find and purchase almost everything you want and need by Black owned businesses.