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The 2011 Essence Music Festival Lineup Announced + Michael Vick Cancels On Oprah

The Essence Music Festival has announced their 2011 lineup which includes Mary J. Blige and Kanye West.  Get the full list inside plus find out about Michael Vick cancelling on Oprah...

 

It was announced today that Mary J. Blige, Kanye West, Jill Scott, and Trey Songz will headline the 2011 ESSENCE MUSIC FESTIVAL during its run in New Orleans, July 1-3.

The headliners will be supported on the main stage and in the super lounges by Charlie Wilson, Fantasia, Boyz II Men, Stephanie Mills, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Macy Gray, Dwele, Alexander O'Neal & Cherrelle, Mint Condition, Kelly Price, M.C. Lyte and New Orleans talent including Irma Thomas, Kourtney Heart, Rebirth Brass Band, Charmaine Neville Band, and TBC Brass Band.

The theme of the fest this year is "The Roots of R&B."

 

 

 

In talk show news,

Don't expect to see Michael Vick crying on Oprah's shoulder next week because his people recently announced that Michael was backing out of the interview. 

Michael issued a statement about the decision saying,

"After careful consideration, I will need to postpone the taping of the Oprah Winfrey interview scheduled for February 22. I admire and respect Oprah and hope to be able to participate in an interview in the future."

Besides citing "personal reasons," Michael did not say why he won't be sitting on Oprah's couch.

Hmmm....sounds like he realized that Oprah is a dog lover and he knew that particular interview would leave no stone unturned.

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Although it would have been

Although it would have been nice to see Micheal in the spot light, I think he made a wise decision!!
Kera's picture

so wait...Maze not gonna be

so wait...Maze not gonna be therE?!?!
holla06's picture

im glad that he cancelled,

im glad that he cancelled, all she wanted to do was win a damn bet with piers morgan, he aint no dog (ironic) he's a human being. dont do oprah vick, only do espn and other networks where your fans are, you dont have any fans on the oprah show. boop!
monique's picture

What a style Michael

What a style Michael Vick.... you are great.... How To Seduce a Man
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sterer's picture

essence fest gets wacker

essence fest gets wacker every year. since Beyonce dropped out, it just hasn't been the same.
me's picture

My sentiments exactly. Over

My sentiments exactly. Over the weekend, I was told that the 2011 Essence Festival line-up was "off the hook." Needless to say, they are sadly mistaken if they believe that. I absolutely love MJB, simply can't get enough of Jill Scott; but, both of them can easily carry a FULL concert. I would also love to see Fantasia bring her energy and tare it up, but not at the Superdome. Perhaps they'll consider adding the following: along, with a little Reggae Tone's to the list next time: Ledisi, Jill Scott, MJB, Fantasia, Black Eyed Peas, R. Kelly/Usher, Beyonce/Lady Gaga and Beres Hammond w/Marcia Griffiths. Hot, Hot, Hot!!!
Anonymous's picture

I'm glad Mike Vick cancelled.

I'm glad Mike Vick cancelled. Shi** why do he have to keep explaining himself over and over and over. Leave my baby alone wit his sexy self.
Jerzee Girl's picture

I love Michael Vick now i

I love Michael Vick now i know why Oprah has extra seats for her show next week BECAUSE ONE OF THE BEST will not be their - i HATE THAT I WILL NOT SEE HIM IN PERSON
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Anonymous's picture

Smart move Michael! The

Smart move Michael! The Eagles just put the franchise tag on you. That means they will pay you the average that the top 5 QBs get paid. You want to negotiate a long term deal and you don't need an Oprah interview to do that. You have gotten your life back on track and you know Oprah is a dog lover and all she wants to do is beat you about the head and shoulders about the dog fighting. You served your time, you worked for ASPCA and you have apologized 10,000 times. You can't do anymore!
Anonymous's picture

I went to the Essence Music

I went to the Essence Music Festival in 2008 ( who was there..Mary J Blige) Went to the Essence Music Festival in 2010 ( who was there.... Mary J Blige, Jill Scott, Trey Songs and Charlie wilson... Wasnt interested in seein Trey last year and Mary is the same everytime.. Jill Scott and Mint Condition were worth seeing and surprising Charlie Wilson was great..but I am a little disappointed with the lack of creativity for this years line up.
kntmusiclover's picture

Mary J Blige's days are

Mary J Blige's days are waaaay behind her. This year's lineup is the pits. I would see Charlie and Trey Songs, and maybe Jill but the rest can go. I was in New Orleans 2008 and have no desire of seeing the same old warmed-over artists. Bring in Beyonce and save the evening...
Horatio's picture

I agree w/ you somewhat. I

I agree w/ you somewhat. I actually like all of the acts announced except for Trey Songz, I'm just not a fan. But isn't this the same lineup essentially as last year? Question: Who would you guys like to see perform? Just curious...
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Play it smart Michael Vick, I

Play it smart Michael Vick, I would have cancelled too. And while what he did was wrong, why is it the trials of black men/women go on forever when our white counterparts are in the press a couple days and life is back to normal for them.
Renae's picture

I agree totally. And instead

I agree totally. And instead of showing him encouragement, Oprah would dig him a grave. F*ck going on Oprah. Keep playing great football Mike.
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agree

agree
Nat's picture

Yes, this statement is so

Yes, this statement is so true. It seems that blacks are held to a different standard, regardless of the infraction. Whites, say sorry or don't, either way conversation of their poor decision eventually stops. Michael Vick did his time and continues to move in a positive direction. Personally, I think that he should never answer another media question about that unfortunate situation again. Mike, please just speak with your actions!
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Essence had changed sooo much

Essence had changed sooo much from when it began..... 4 the worst. It is almost the exact same line up as last year... Tired of the same folks every year
Anonymous's picture

Essence had changed sooo much

Essence had changed sooo much from when it began..... 4 the worst. It is almost the exact same line up as last year... Tired of the same folks every year
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se's picture

He doesn't need to. Got the

He doesn't need to. Got the franchise tag and could earn 20 million alone next year. No need to apologize to the people anymore on television. The need for approval is no longer there.
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Hopefully the lineup will be

Hopefully the lineup will be supplemented with a few more "superstars"...the tickets are way too expensive not to have more iconic artists
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dont blame vick for

dont blame vick for cancelling...peta crazy ass is waiting to pick anything he says apart
Anonymous's picture

Mary J,Trey Songz,Jill Scott,

Mary J,Trey Songz,Jill Scott, Charlies Wilson wasnt this the same line up back in 2010
AreUSerious's picture

Oh please..like we know what

Oh please..like we know what Oprah would have asked him. The only folks who still feel the need to continue to punish this man are the white folks . Amazing how none of them are as obsessed with drilling Ben Rothleisburger about his perchant for raping women. When are we black folks going to wake up and realize what is going on? When we turn around and see our black athletes being smeared, witch hunted arrested,thanks to the media or any dumb ish while the white athletes get tons of excuses made for them...Oh wait a minute...It's aready taking place. Tiger Woods...Micheal Vick..Cam Newton..Reggie Bush...Plaxico Burus...and the list goes on...When will it stop?
tellmeaboutit's picture

Plaxico Burruss really? That

Plaxico Burruss really? That idiot shot his own self in the leg. Why did he need a gun with him in the first place. Yes there is going to be an assumption that a black man is doing wrong before they would assume that he's not but people stop putting yourself in these types of situations to be scrutinized. Make better choices and this does not have to be your story.
Cleojonz's picture

Let not forget that while

Let not forget that while these brothers and sisters are famous they are also targets. Ref.. Scottie Pippen started carrying due to stalker threatening him. Vernon Forrest (boxer) God rest his soul gunned down in the ATL last year in his own hood for robbery and car jacking. These guys should be able to go and enjoy themselves wherever or back to their neighborhoods to represent. However, there are still some folks who use their status or wealth as a target of sometimes deadly exploitation. They should be able to protect themselves.....of course protect yourself is the key phrase...maybe a little more experience and safety training in gun toting would have benefitted Plax. but more often than not its to protect themselves... Long live the music of Jam Master J.
Anonymous's picture

He decided not to be on the

He decided not to be on the Oprah show because his agent advised him that there was an ongoing fun bet between fellow talk show host Piers Morgan and Oprah. Here's the link: http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/Michael-Vick-Philadelphia-Eagles-canc... Morgon got Oprah to bet $320 when she was a guest on his show to see if she could land a Vick interview. Vick did not want to be associate with gambling and if they would withdraw their friendly bet then Winfrey would land the interview first. It had nothing to do with Oprah's love of dogs. I'm sure Oprah will give him her (I would say 2 cents but we all know she's rolling with more than that...LOL) thoughts on the dog matter. I have dogs and love them and I've forgiven Vick....learn, forgive and move on.
LovinLifeinDallas's picture

If there was any show he

If there was any show he should have gone on was Oprah's. Oprah will have helped Vick redeem himself even more. The white folksk, excuse the pun, want to throw him to the dogs. Bad decision Vick - go to Mama Oprah and set yourself straight.
Anonymous's picture

I think I am down with most

I think I am down with most of everybody elses comments regarding Oprah. I just seem to see her not trying to speak for them and not allowing sleeping dogs to lay. Years past has made me wonder about her and my black celebs. It took years for Bill Cosby to get and invite to her show and he been doing his thang for... man I cant count back that far.. The myriads of black celebs we have and very rarely do I see them on Oprah...is that because they dont get an invite or do they just decline the invite. Either way, it makes me wonder... I have learned that if its an issue where she needs a tissue to wipe her eyes, its white celebs on, more often if its an issue where her hands are on her hips, then the black celebs are seeked out...controversy, or am I just trippin
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ncnc's picture

yeah i mean i would have

yeah i mean i would have wanted to see him on there, but i don't think he would have been able to handle the interview cause Oprah can go in hard and aggressive with the questions and you kinda have to be on top of your game far as knowing how, when, and what to say and i don't think he ready for that yet
Anonymous's picture

new orleans in july??! hot as

new orleans in july??! hot as hell but this actually sounds worth it!
myMAMAsaid's picture

Good Choice Mike!!! That

Good Choice Mike!!! That wouldn't have benefited you one bit.
Dontbscured's picture

good. that was not a good

good. that was not a good look
papadoc's picture

Poor lineup

Poor lineup
Anonymous's picture

Good move Mike, Oprah target

Good move Mike, Oprah target market is middle class whitewomen who loves dogs more than people. Knowing how Oprah has a tendency to rip brothers a new one, she would probably cater to her sycophants and rip this dude a new one.
flackster's picture

Damn! My brother just told me

Damn! My brother just told me about Mike being on there, and come to find out he's not! Damn Damn Damn!! That wouldve been a good interview! But yeah, Oprah wouldve had a field day on that ass.... You know she don't play when it comes to kin of her "kids" .... And nice line-up for the festival =)
Honey B. 's picture

Damn! My brother just told me

Damn! My brother just told me about Mike being on there, and come to find out he's not! Damn Damn Damn!! That wouldve been a good interview! But yeah, Oprah wouldve had a field day on that ass.... You know she don't play when it comes to kin of her "kids" .... And nice line-up for the festival =)
Honey B. 's picture

I'm glad someone talked some

I'm glad someone talked some sense into Vick. Oprah was going to fry him on that show.
ketia's picture

great lineup!

great lineup!
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