Here’s the latest news involving a selection of the artists and speakers taking part in the ESSENCE Festival in July.

  • BET’s annual Celebration of Gospel show aired on Sunday and was hosted by Steve Harvey, who will appear at this year’s ESSENCE Festival. Other ESSENCE Festival artists who were on the show included Kurt Carr and Tyrese of the new supergroup TGT. ESSENCE Festival alum Tamar Braxton also performed. Watch an encore on Thursday, April 11, at 10 p.m. ET/ 9 p.m. C.