Music Festival Tunes Into Social Transformation
by: NPR Staff, NPR, July 1, 2011 11:07:00 am
The Essence Music Festival launches in New Orleans today and expects to draw in 400,000 people. This year's theme is "The Roots of R&B." Guests can expect performances and discussions from some of America's biggest names, including Soledad O'Brien, Usher and Chaka Khan. To learn how the festival aims to empower and educate the public, host Michel Martin speaks with Essence magazine's General Manager Joy Collins.