2008 ESSENCE Music Festival Flashback: Day 3

Dr. Juanita Bynum served as spiritual leader for the festival's Afternoon of Praise, Worship and Inspiration, and is ready to enjoy the show later that evening.
ESSENCE.COM Aug, 27, 2008

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Dr. Juanita Bynum served as spiritual leader for the festival’s Afternoon of Praise, Worship and Inspiration, and is ready to enjoy the show later that evening.

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Keyshia Cole struts her way to the Superdome stage.

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Community leaders and old friends Cornel West and Tavis Smiley greet each other between seminars.

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Malaak Compton-Rock brought the family dog along while backstage supporting husband Chris Rock.

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Essence Music Festival favorite Mary J. Blige shows her appreciation to loyal fans.

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London singer Estelle finds herself right at home backstage at the festival.

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Crooners Avant, left, and Raphael Saadiq catch up with former “Soul Food” star Darrin Henson during the festivities.

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Gospel duo Mary Mary enter the Superdome all smiles and ready to rock the mic.

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Solange Knowles hangs with dad and manager Mathew Knowles.

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Singer Regina Belle added worship and inspiration to the festival, serving as a seminar spiritual leader.

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Songstress Chrisette Michele and renowned music producer Bryan Michael Cox work the red carpet backstage.

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Keyshia Cole cuddles with her canine companion.

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Funnyman Chris Rock and wife Malaak embrace after his stand-up performance.

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Gospel artist Tye Tribbett offers peace before raising the roof with his choir, Greater Anointing.

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Frankie Beverly rides to the main stage to close out the 2008 Essence Music Festival in style.

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