Essence Festival hits record attendance
The Essence Festival marked its 20th anniversary by setting a record for annual attendance with more than 550,000 participants celebrating four days of R&B music, community and black culture at New Orleans’ convention center and Superdome.
That’s about 10,000 more people than attended the 2013 festival, which included a sold-out performance by Beyonce. Organizers say the 2014 festival has earned the distinction of being the largest gathering in its history.
This year’s festival included more than 80 musical performances highlighted by Prince, Lionel Richie, Charlie Wilson, Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Janelle Monae, Trey Songz and The Roots. There also were more than 150 speakers addressing everything from solutions to crime and violence to growing entrepreneurs and maintaining healthy relationships.
Cheever’s suburban NY home for sale
The historic suburban New York home of late author John Cheever is on the market for $525,000.
Cheever’s three children tell the Journal News they’ve decided to sell the house on 5 acres in Ossining.
Susan Cheever says the house was the center of their family, but after their mother, Mary Cheever, died in April, none of them wanted to live in it.
John Cheever died in 1982.
The 1795 house needs work but retains its architectural details and historic charm.
It features Dutch doors, pegged floors, stone terraces and patios and eight rooms on three levels. A brook runs through the front of the property.
The Cheevers bought the house in 1961.
Cheever’s works include the novel “Falconer” and the short story “The Swimmer.”