It’s that time again! It’s time to start preparing for the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival! The 18th annual festival will be held from July 6-8th 2012 in New Orleans.

In years past, the festival has hosted everyone from Usher to Alicia Keys, Beyonce to the incomparable Mary J. Blige — and next year promises more great stars.

The 2012 theme is “Your Party, Your Purpose, Your Place to Be,” so jump on the bandwagon and get ready for the a party of a lifetime!

We look forward to seeing you in the Big Easy next July 4th weekend!

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