Promotions director Fred Jackson says Mary J. Blige made all of his sleepless nights at the 2009 Essence Fest worth it.
The singer's favorite Essence Fest moments come from people watching at the airport!
Ne-yo recalls mending his strained relationship with his dad at the 2009 Essence Fest.
Relationships editor Charli Penn nearly lost it when she got a chance to interview Aretha Franklin.
Shirley Strawberry reflects on festival goers coming together to support an unknown talent.
Editor Cori Murray fondly recalls a Frankie Beverly show.
Our Program Development Manager remembers Lisa Nichols' inspiring words.
Blair Underwood reflects on the Festival post Katrina and the community support.
Singer Anthony David recalls seeing his favorite act.
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