Jidenna, Syd the Kid and Real Estate Have Our Favorite Things This Week

Jidenna’s set at Essence Festival 2016 was so impressive that as soon as I was out of the Dome, I found him on Spotify and listened to the six or eight songs he had released right away. He presents a very specific vision of black masculinity—cultured, stylish, rooted, and as at home in the street as in the boardroom.

Jindenna, The Internet Win Essence Festival 2016

If you weren’t in the Superdome or the Convention Center this weekend, the story of Essence Festival was #closedforessence. A photo of a sign in Walk-Ons’ door that announced that the bar was closed for repairs started the meme as the timing, along with the history of bars and restaurants closing during the Essence Festival and Bayou Classic weekends, made the closure suspicious.

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