Houston Forward Times

09 July 2014 Written by  Tyrone Willis

Houston's Buzz

2014 Essence Music Festival

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Forward Times buzzed through the 2014 Essence Music Festival celebrating 20 years this year that was recently held in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Essence Music Festival is known as "the party with a purpose", and indeed it was… The Essence Music Fest is an annual music festival which started in 1995 as a one-time event to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Essence Magazine, a magazine aimed primarily towards African-American women. It is the largest event of its kind celebrating African-American culture and music in the United States.  Locally referred to as the Essence Fest, it has been held in New Orleans, Louisiana every year since 1995 except for 2006, when it was held in Houston, Texas due to  Hurricane KatrinaEssence Fest brings huge talents that includePrince, Mary J. Blige, Trey Songz, Lionel Richie, Charlie Wilson, Luke James, Jill Scott, Tamar Braxton, Erykah Badu, Michelle Williams, Doug E Fresh,and many more to New Orleans this weekend.


 Rock the Nation Tour

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Forward Times here on-sight at the Rock This Nation Tour that was held on July 4th at the Bayou Music Center enjoying epic performances by talented artists that included Houston's T-Tock, music sensation Machel Montano & the HD Band.


 Happy Birthday, America!

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Happy Birthday, America! On July 4, 1776, America claimed its independence from Britain and Democracy was born. The United States is truly a diverse nation made up of many dynamic people. Each year on July 4, Americans everywhere celebrate freedom and independence with barbecues, picnics, and family gatherings. Independence Day is a day of family and friends celebrations with picnics and barbecues, showing a great deal of emphasis on the American tradition of political freedom.  It wouldn't be Independence Day without fireworks. Forward Times definitely participated in the many July 4th festivities that included a reading of the Declaration of Independence at Bayou Bend and concluded with a Freedom Over Texas spectacular fireworks display in Downtown Houston.