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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Essence Music Festival is dropping the music — from its name, that is. The festival held in New Orleans every July 4th weekend for the past 18 years has re-branded itself The Essence Festival to showcase the event as "more than a music festival," said Michelle Ebanks, president of Essence Communications Inc. The festival was started in 1995 to celebrate the 25th...