Abby West

Kindiefest to shut down

The first music festival designed for family entertainment is closing up shop. The producers behind Kindiefest announced today that the festival, which had grown into a full fledged industry and entertainment conference over its five years, expanding its programming to include two full days of panels at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) this past March, won’t be back next year.

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One Direction plus Disney Channel's 'Teen Beach Movie' -- EXCLUSIVE

One Direction

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In case your tween needed another reason to look forward to the premiere of Disney Channel’s Teen Beach Movie, One Direction will cameo during three program breaks within the movie’s July 19 (8 p.m. ET/PT) airing to announce the winner of their Radio Disney Sizzlin’ Summer Concert Series Sweepstakes. One fan and their family will get to fly out to L.A. to see the group in concert at the Radio Disney Luxury Suite at Staples Center.

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Beyonce triumphantly closes out the Essence Music Festival


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It was clear from the start that the sold-out crowd at the Superdome Sunday night was there to see one woman and one woman only on the last night of the Essence Festival: Beyoncé. They were happy to check out the starting lineup of Janelle Monae and TGT (Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank’s group) but it was the Mrs. Carter show that had expectations running high. And per her usual A-game performance, Beyoncé did not disappoint.

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