Congrats to my beautiful cousin, Cyntoria Lampkin. Hard work pays off! She has been dancing since we were children and on July 4, she will grace the stage at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans with PRINCE !!!!!!!! I am so proud of her & once again, in awe of God and the amazing things He is capable of. She is gonna KILL IT

I love you!!!

D'Angelo Announces First U.S. Show in Ten Years
Appearing at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans…

Billboard reports that elusive R&B singer D'Angelo will perform at this year’s Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, on July 6. The appearance marks his first U.S. concert in 10 years. The fest, which runs July 6-8, also includes Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, the Pointer Sisters, Trey Songz, Eve, Charlie Wilson, Keyshia Cole, SWV, Goapele, Estelle, and more.

D'Angelo recently toured Europe, which marked his return to the stage after a very long absence. According to our conversation with ?uestlove in December, D'Angelo’s new album is near completion.

Watch D'Angelo perform a new song, “The Charade”, in Stockholm, Sweden. (Read More and Watch Video at Pitchfork…)