Usher Dismisses Independence Day, Shows Love to Blacks and Juneteenth at Essence Fest

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In place of a patriotic shirt this Independence day, the ESSENCE Fest singer donned a Juneteenth shirt.

Usher chose a big stage to make a big statement. As the headlining act at the Essence Festival on Saturday night, he wore a leather jacket that had, "Have we truly achieved our independence?" written on the back and a "Juneteenth" t-shirt with "July Fourth" crossed out.

Today, of course, America celebrated Independence Day. Juneteenth is also known as Freedom Day for Blacks. 

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Apparently that's the only independence he's celebrating. And that was on June 19. 

Aside from the statement garments, Usher's show was a love (and make love) fest. He opened with "OMG" and sprinkled cuts like "Love in the Club" and "Nice & Slow" in along the way. 

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