Janet Jackson to open Essence
Janet Jackson is opening the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans this weekend.
The Grammy Award winner joins Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott and Gladys Knight on the bill of the magazine's festival, which is always held over the Fourth of July weekend in the Big Easy.
Bill Cosby and Jada Pinkett Smith are also appearing at the event, held in the Louisiana Superdome, as part of the event's free, daily seminars in the convention centre.
This year the magazine celebrates 40 years of enlightening and empowering women to live their best lives, an Essence spokesperson said.
Other performances include Trey Songz, Raphael Saadiq and Charlie Wilson.