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Bobby Brown, New Edition to reunite

Original boy band will come together for one night at Essence Music Fest
Members of the R&B group New Edition, from left, Ralph Tresvant, Mike Bivins, Johnny Gill, Ricky Bell and Ron DeVoe, sing during the half-time show of the New York Urban League Classic football game between Morgan State University and Hampton University at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., in this file photo from Sept, 25, 2004. The group will rejoin with Bobby Brown, at least for one night, as they are scheduled to perform at the Essence Music Festival, which will be held July 1-3 in Houston.Brian Branch-price / AP
/ Source: The Associated Press

Bobby Brown and New Edition are getting back together — at least for one night, anyway.

Brown and the rest of the old-school boy band are scheduled to perform together at the Essence Music Festival, which will be held July 1-3 in Houston. Other performers announced Monday include Diddy, who will host a “Diddy and Friends” show, and singers Jaheim and Chris Brown.

Brown left the group, best known for hits like “Mr. Telephone Man” and “Cool It Now,” back in the 1980s for his solo career, and since then has only performed with the group sporadically.

Other performers already slated for the festival include Mary J. Blige, Steve Harvey, LL Cool J, Earth, Wind & Fire, Yolanda Adams and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly.

The Essence Music Festival originated in 1995 in New Orleans and became an annual event, held at the Superdome. But with the Superdome badly damaged from Hurricane Katrina and much of the city’s black population scattered due to the catastrophe, Essence — the magazine geared toward black women — decided to temporarily move the festival to Houston.

Oscar-winner and hitmaker Jamie Foxx has also been tapped to participate in the festival’s “Now or Never” empowerment seminars, along with Magic Johnson and actor Shemar Moore. This year’s seminars will focus on helping those devastated by Hurricane Katrina.