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Money & Power
10 Things We Can Thank Prince For
13 Simple Changes That Will Bring You Closer to Your Dreams
Prince Album Covers Through the Years
My ESSENCE Tradition
Boat Ride Fun at the Party of the Year
ESSENCE Fest sparked an entrepreneurial bug in this attendee, who celebrates her birthday in NOLA with us every year.
Love is in the Air at ESSENCE Fest!
A man plans to propose to his lady in their favorite city.
Bussing to ESSENCE Fest with My Girls
Celeste and a group of 50 travel from South Carolina every year for the festival.
Brotherly Love in New Orleans
Siblings take to the ESSENCE Festival just before one of them ties the knot.
15-Year Festival Vet Brings Daughters for the First Time
Gina is starting a new tradition with her children at the fest.
ESSENCE Fest is for Besties
Lataria and Tiffany head back home every year to party with ESSENCE.
20 Moments Countdown
#20: From the Nosebleeds to the Front Row
Raheem DeVaughn on what Essence Fest was like for him before he became famous.
#19: Late Nights and Beignet Binges
Playwright David Talbert dishes on his after-hours ESSENCE Fest food escapades.
#18: Tank Loves the Love He Gets at ESSENCE Festival
Tank recalls loving every second of almost being mobbed by fans.
#17: From Meeting Aretha Franklin to Performing with Mary J. Blige
Trey Songz can't pick just 1 favorite ESSENCE Fest experience.
#16: Blair Underwood on the Festival After Katrina
Blair Underwood reflects on the Festival post Katrina and the community support.
#15: Beyonce Owes Eric Benet a Favor
The singer dishes about his ESSENCE Fest backstage run-in with Queen Bey, before she was Queen Bey.
#14: Frankie Beverly Is Everyone's Favorite
Singer Anthony David recalls seeing his favorite act.
#13: Lionel Richie Loves Fans on Steroids
Not literally, but Lionel loves the super fan.
#12: TD Jakes: Big Fan of ESSENCE Festival
From being backstage watching Anita Baker to wandering the streets of New Orleans.
#11: ESSENCE Festival is About Building the Community
Shirley Strawberry reflects on Festival-goers coming together to support an unknown talent.
#10: Maze Got Mom Out of Her Seat
Editor Cori Murray fondly recalls a Frankie Beverly show.
#9: Don't Underestimate the Superlounges!
Our sponsorship activation manager reminds us why the smaller ESSENCE Fest stages are just as fun as the big shows.
#8: A Father and Son Reunite at the Fest
Ne-Yo recalls mending his strained relationship with his dad at the 2009 ESSENCE Fest.
#7: All Hail the Queen
Relationships editor Charli Penn nearly lost it when she got a chance to interview Aretha Franklin.
#6: Getting Empowered at ESSENCE Fest
Our product development manager remembers Lisa Nichols' inspiring words.
#5: Michelle Williams is Watching You
The singer's favorite ESSENCE Fest moments come from people watching at the airport!
#4: Mary J. Blige's Memorable Show
Promotions director Fred Jackson says Mary J. Blige made all of his sleepless nights at the 2009 ESSENCE Fest worth it.
#3: That Time Kim Whitley was with Cash Money and...
Never mind, she can't tell you all of that story. But her other Festival memories are just as good.
#2: Estelle: Memories are Made at the Fest
Dancing to Chaka Khan in the streets with her friends is what the performer remembers the most.
#1: Charlie Wilson vs. Kevin Hart
Uncle Charlie dishes on that time he had to teach Kevin a thing or two.