Star Gazing: ESSENCE Festival Edition

Joslyn Winkfield Jul, 02, 2016

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Tyrese and Bevy Smith lounge with Coca Cola during the 2016 ESSENCE Festival.

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Bevy Smith sips on a Coca Cola in the VIP area at the 2016 Essence Festival.

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Adrienne Bailon, Jeannie Mai, Tamera Mowry and Loni Love pose with Michelle Williams backstage at the 2016 ESSENCE Festival.

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Bevy Smith attends the Apple R&B Rising Event during the 2016 ESSENCE Festival presented By Coca-Cola at Kingsway Mansion.

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Cookie Johnson speaks onstage at the 2016 ESSENCE Festival Presented By Coca-Cola at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

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Pastor T. D. Jakes poses at the 2016 ESSENCE Festival Presented By Coca-Cola at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

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Phaedra Parks attends the 2016 ESSENCE Festival Presented By Coca-Cola at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

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Sherri Shepherd hosts the Furry Feud battle at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

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Tisha Campbell-Martin, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Bevy Smith take a photo during the 2016 ESSENCE Festival.

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Phaedra Parks speaks onstage at the 2016 ESSENCE Festival Presented By Coca-Cola at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

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Author Terry McMillan speaks onstage at the 2016 ESSENCE Festival Presented By Coca-Cola at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

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Tichina Arnold, Jessie Usher, and Teyonah Parris pose at the 2016 ESSENCE Festival Presented By Coca-Cola at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

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Keke Wyatt attends the 2016 ESSENCE Festival Presented By Coca-Cola at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

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Melissa Harris Perry speaks onstage during the Black Woman's Vote panel at the 2016 ESSENCE Festival Presented By Coca-Cola at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Eric Benet poses during the 2016 Essence Festival.

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Lorraine Toussaint attends the 2016 ESSENCE Festival.

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Avery Wilson attends the 13th Annual McDonald's 365Black Awards in New Orleans.

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Tichina Arnold speaks onstage at the 2016 ESSENCE Festival.

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Claudia Jordan graces the stage at the 2016 ESSENCE Festival.

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ESSENCE's Editor in Chief Vanessa K. De Luca presents onstage during the 2016 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Adrienne Bailon, Jeannie Mai, Tamera Mowry and Loni Love pose with Michelle Williams backstage at the 2016 ESSENCE Festival.

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Avery Wilson rocks the stage during the 2016 ESSENCE Festival.

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V. Bozeman rocks the stage during the 2016 ESSENCE Festival.

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The Real's Tamera Mowry, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai, and Adrienne Bailon speak onstage at the 2016 ESSENCE Festival.

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Faith Evans rocks the stage during the 2016 ESSENCE Festival.

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Actor Charles Divins speaks onstage at the 2016 ESSENCE Festival Presented By Coca-Cola at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.