ESSENCE Festival Highlights: In Case You Missed It

ESSENCE.COM Sep, 14, 2016

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Chloe x Halle hang out backstage. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Solange is all smiles backstage at the Convention Center. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Singing duo, St. Beauty, hangs out backstage at the Convention Center. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Lion Babe hangs out backstage at the Convention Center. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Tracee Ellis Ross and Bevy Smith pose for a photo in the Convention Center. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Coca-Cola presents “On Trend with Michael Knight” in their booth. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Festival goers swarm Coca-Cola’s booth as Tyrese gives a surprise performance on stage. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Hosts, Kandi Burruss and Big Tigger surprise fans on the Coca-Cola stage. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Nephew Tommy strikes a pose near Ford’s custom ice cream truck. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Maxwell stops by Ford booth with fans. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Demetria McKinney and a fan take a quick selfie by the McDonald's booth. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Festivalgoers snap a shot for McDonald’s 365. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Lance Gross and Amber Riley host the 2016 McDonald’s 365 Black Awards together. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Festivalgoers gather in unison for a dance-off. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Consumers take a quick survey at the State Farm booth. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Tisha Campbell-Martin, Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Kim Fields and Tai Beauchamp gather in the Walmart booth for a couple of laughs. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Fans swarm Walmart’s booth for Sunday’s gospel. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Terrence J poses in the Verizon booth as fans snap him from all angles. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Crowd gathers at the Verizon booth as DJ Envy spins. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Gia Peppers interviews Mario in the Verizon Lounge. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Sherri Shepherd plays host as Fandango’s Secret Life of Pets game participants compete on Center Stage. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Lesley-Ann Brandt and D.B. Woodside stop by Center Stage to chat about their show Lucifer. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Universal’s Almost Christmas cast sits with Entertainment Editor Cori Murray on Center Stage. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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The cast of Starz hit show “Survivor’s Remorse” gather in front of hundreds on Center Stage. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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The cast of Starz's Power offer a sneak peek at season 3 with Entertainment Director Cori Murray on Center Stage. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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The fourth iteration of Black Girl Magic presented by Walmart debuts in the Convention Center. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Kylie Bunbury and Mo McRae talk about Fox’s new hit series “Pitch” with ESSENCE Entertainment Editor Cori Murray in the Screening Room. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Creme of Nature Models show off their amazing hair colors. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Zuri Hall hosts the first-ever Beauty and Style Expo. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Internet sensations The GlamTwinz, Kendra and Kelsey Murrell, give a hair tutorial. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Tyra Banks gets ready to give a 5-minute style makeover. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Misty Copeland talks grace and style with ESSENCE.com Digital Fashion & Beauty Director Julee Wilson. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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My Black is Beautiful stylists provide full makeovers to participants in their booth. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Tai Beauchamp gathers with contestants for a quick interactive “Zhoosh” on the Beauty & Style stage. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Festival goers line up for goodies at the State Farm Bank booth. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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A festival attendee stops by the Time Inc. booth to get a professional headshot. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Sheryl Lee Ralph poses with fan at the Sam’s Club booth. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Consumers show their ‘Colgate Optic White” smiles at the Colgate booth. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Durban dancers gives consumers a taste of culture at their Durban booth. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Chef Roble takes the ESSENCE Eats stage to make a collard green quiche using Walmart produce. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Universal’s Almost Christmas cast gives consumers a taste of their pie-making skills on the ESSENCE Eats Stage. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Alabama Power’s chef, Kenneth Temple, stirs the pot as he prepares food for festivalgoers. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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The cast of Warner Brothers The Real give it all that they have on the Day Party stage. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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The Power cast steps on stage at the Starz Day Party. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Lynn Whitfield and friends strike a pose at the Day Party. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Party goers captured in mid-groove at this year’s Day Party. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Guests enjoy the "Igniting Women's Financial Power" panel sponsored by Prudential. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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St. Beauty and Sevyn Streeter hang out in the Superdome. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Kim Fields and Kenny Lattimore enjoy the show. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Lance Gross and his wife Rebecca enjoy the show at the Superdome. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Kimberly Elise enjoys the show. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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The crowd enjoys epic performances in the Superlounge. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Mariah Carey gets carried out on to the mainstage. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Bell Biv DeVoe makes a surprise appearance. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Babyface serenades the crowd onstage at the Superdome. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Andra Day belts it out onstage. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Maxwell takes in the Superdome crowd. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Charlie Wilson does his thing onstage at the Superdome. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Kendrick Lamar gets the crowd hype. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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New Edition rocks the stage. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Avery Wilson belts it out onstage. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Faith Evans works it onstage. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Estelle performs onstage. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Common keeps the crowd woke onstage. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Ciara rocks the stage. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Dej Loaf performs in Coca Cola’s Hip Hop Superlounge at the Superdome. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Jidenna hits the Ford “Hot Right Now” Superlounge stage. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Jidenna kept Ford’s “Hot Right Now” Superlounge rocking during his performance. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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The Durban Ultimate Band gives an unforgettable performance in the Walmart, Global Superlounge. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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ESSENCE Live host Dana Blair shows her pearly whites in the VIP All Access Lounge in the Superdome. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Justine Skye and friends hang out in the VIP All Access Lounge at the Superdome. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Michael Jamal Warner candid in the VIP All Access Lounge. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Keri Hilson takes a quick shot in the VIP All Access Lounge. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Kehlani and friends enjoy themselves in the VIP All Access Lounge. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Tokyo Stylez and Anthony Cutz smile with friends in the VIP All Access Lounge. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Anthony Anderson takes a quick snap in the VIP All Access Lounge at the Superdome. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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D Nice captured in the VIP All Access Lounge. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Rev. Al Sharpton and Sybrina Fulton in VIP All Access. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Youtuber Ellarie and friend pose in the VIP All Access. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Laurieann Gibson stopped by the VIP All Access Lounge giving face. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Festivalgoers enjoy the perks of the VIP All Access Lounge at the Superdome. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Claudia Jordan hangs out at the Superdome's Verizon Lounge. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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Cynthia Bailey and Claudia Jordan hang out at the Superdome in the Verizon Lounge. Click here to vote for the 2016 Fan Favorite Festival Sponsor!

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