The Essence Festival has taken place every Fourth of July weekend in New Orleans since 1995. It now attracts hundreds of thousands to the air-conditioned Superdome for four days of R&B and gospel performances and panels on politics, financial planning and parenting. It's become an annual must for African-Americans across the U.S., and it's often the place former superstars begin comebacks. It was dreamed up by Jazzfest and Newport Festival producer George Wein.
This weekend you can get funky on U Street with live music, a street festival and a parade, as tomorrow marks the second Funk Parade.
Funk Parade organizers couldn't get a permit to march down U Street last year, but the crowd veered off V Street anyway to where co-founder Justin Rood always...
Last month, the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved a powdered alcohol product, making both parents and lawmakers nervous. Some states have already banned powdered alcohol. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Brent Roth of Wired, who made his own powdered concoction and put it to the test.
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