John Legend

The story and characters audiences know and love come to spectacular life in the live-action adaptation of Disney's animated classic Beauty and the Beast, a stunning, cinematic event celebrating one of the most beloved tales ever told.

 

Beauty and the Beast is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a Beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle's enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast's hideous exterior and realize the kind heart of the true Prince within. 

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ESSENCE announced this week that legendary music and film icon Diana Ross will headline the 2017 ESSENCE Festival  for the very first time!  The Queen of Motown will grace the main stage along with “My Path to Strength” – a curated evening of performances by Mary J. Blige along with Chaka Khan, Jazmine Sullivan and Erykah Badu.  Other superstar performers include soul music songtress India.Arie,  fashion icon and singer Solange, Grammy winning crooner John Legend and Nawlins native sons Master P. and Trombone Shorty.