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5 Of The Dopest Music Festivals You Should Definitely Pull Up On This Year
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5 Of The Dopest Music Festivals You Should Definitely Pull Up On This Year

Indio, California isn't the only place to get your life during festival season.

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Coachella is dope and all, but my real music connoisseurs know that Indio, California isn't the only place to get your life during festival season, and xoNecole has all the details on which ones you should pull up on before 2020 comes to an end.

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Something In The Water

Who We Can't Wait To See: 6LACK, Usher, Chance The Rapper, H.E.R., Mereba, Nelly, Pharrell, Kali Uchis, Rico Nasty, Snoh Aalegra, Tank and The Bangas, Trey Songz, Tierra Whack

When: April 20-26

Where: Virginia Beach, VA

Price: Tier one and two general admission tickets are already sold out fo this festival but you can still purchase tier three tickets for $250 plus fees or VIP tickets for $600 plus fees.

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Who We Can't Wait To See: Erykah Badu, Lizzo, H.E.R., Tank and The Bangas, Anthony Hamilton, PJ Morton, Big Freedia

When: April 23-May 3

Where: New Orleans, Louisiana

Price: First-weekend advance tickets for April 23-26 are currently $75 but will be an additional $10 at the gate. Tickets for Saturday start at $90 and the same applies for the following weekend but you can snag an advance four-day weekend pass for $275. For both Thursday night concerts, New Orleans locals can get access to the festival for only $50.

Rolling Loud Festival

Who We Can't Wait To See: DaBaby, Doja Cat, Big Sean, T-Pain, Rico Nasty, Megan Thee Stallion, City Girls, Wale, DaniLeigh, Saweetie

When: May 8-10, 2020

Where: Miami, Florida

Price: Three-day general admission tickets are currently waitlisted, but general admission+ tickets start at $499 plus an additional $100 fee. You can also still snag VIP tickets, which includes expedited entry, a private bar, and free makeup touch-ups, that start at $749 plus a $150 fee or upgrade your experience to add complimentary meals for an additional $200.

2020 Lovers & Friends Festival

Who We Can't Wait To See: Ms. Lauryn Hill, Usher, Lil' Kim, Mya, Jhene Aiko, TLC, Amerie, Tweet, Nelly, Summer Walker, Eve, Trina, Brandy, Doja Cat

When: May 8-9, 2020

Where: Los Angeles, CA

Price: Tickets for the Lovers & Friends Festival are currently sold out but you can join the waitlist here.

ESSENCE Festival

Who We Can't Wait To See: Janet Jackson, Ari Lennox, Janelle Monae, Bruno Mars, Patti Labelle, Raphael Saadiq, Jidenna, Tamia, Rapsody, SIR, Saweetie, Goldlink, Kiana Lede,

When: July 1-5, 2020

Where: New Orleans, LA

Price: Superdome general admission tickets are currently on sale for $186 and include a 3-night concert experience while VIP Gold and Platinum tickets start at $2,750 and $3,000 respectively. You and your crew can get extra bad and bougie by upgrading to a VIP Entertainment Power Pass for $3,900 or a VIP All-Event pass for an additional $500. ESSENCE also offers a travel package that will help you book your ideal stay for the weekend here.

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The 2000s were a particularly bleak time to be a single Black woman. Much of the messaging –created by men – that surrounded Black women at the time blamed their desire for a successful career and for a partner that matched their drive and ambition for the lack of romance in their life. Statistics about Black women’s marriageability were always wielded against Black women as evidence of our lack of desirability.

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This is how we end up marrying men who cancel twice before taking us on a “date” in the Popeyes parking lot, or husbands writing social media posts about how their Black wife is not “the most beautiful” or “the most intelligent” or the latest season of trauma dumping known as Black Love on OWN.

Now that I’ve reached my late twenties, many things about how Black women approach dating and relationships have changed and many things have remained the same. For many Black women, the idea of chronic singleness is not the threat that it used to be. Wanting romance doesn’t exist in a way that threatens to undermine the other relationships we have with our friends, family, and ourselves as it once did, or at least once was presented to us. There is a version of life many of us are embracing where a man not wanting us, is not the end of what could still be fruitful and vibrant life.

There are still Black women out there however who have yet to unlearn the toxic ideals that have been projected onto us about our worthiness in relation to our intimate lives. I see it all the time online. The absolute humiliation and disrespect some Black women are willing to stomach in the name of being partnered. The hoops that some Black women are willing to jump through just to receive whatever lies beneath the bare minimum.

It's worth remembering that there are different forces at play that gather to make Black women feast off the scraps we are given. A world saturated by colorism, fatphobia, anti-Blackness, ableism, and classism will always punish Black women who demand more for themselves. Dismantling these systems also means divesting from any and everything that makes us question our worth.

Because truth be told, Black women are more than worthy of having a love that is built on mutual respect and admiration. A love that is honey sweet and radiates a light that rivals the sun. A love that is a steadying calming force that doesn’t bring confusion or anxiety. Black women deserve a love that is worthy of the prize that we are.

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