2008 ESSENCE Music Festival Flashback: Day 1

Rihanna gets ready to rock out on the Superdome stage with some of her hit songs, including "Umbrella."
ESSENCE.COM Aug, 27, 2008

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Rihanna gets ready to rock out on the Superdome stage with some of her hit songs, including “Umbrella.”

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New Orleans mayor Ray C. Nagin greets Louisiana native Tyler Perry after giving him the Key to the City.

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Actresses Lynn Whitfield, left, Cassi Davis, Tasha Smith, and Keshia Knight Pulliam pose with “Extra on ESSENCE” host Tanika Ray.

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CNN correspondent Soledad O’Brien takes a break from leading the Empowerment Seminar CNN and Essence Presents: Black in America.

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Singer Solange Knowles, ESSENCE’s Beauty Director Mikki Taylor, and Hollywood correspondent Shaun Robinson pose with actress and Vaseline spokeswoman Sanaa Lathan.

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Solange Knowles steals a kiss from son Daniel backstage.

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Solange Knowles son Daniel shows he’s a rock star in training.

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Lynn Whitfield freshens up before making her next appearance at the Essence Empowerment Seminars.

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R&B heartthrob Chris Brown, making his second appearance at the festival, gets ready to perform on the main stage.

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ESSENCE relationship columnist Finesse Mitchell reps his hometown Atlanta alongside main stage performer J. Holiday.

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Rapper turned actor Bow Wow makes an appearance at the Louisiana Superdome to show his support for the festival.

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Activist Rev. Al Sharpton and NBA All-Star LeBron James chill behind the scenes.

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Do Right Man Lance Gross and NBA star Chris Paul hang in the Superlounge.

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Danity Kane’s D. Woods joins the party.

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