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Beyonce is returning to the same venue where she rocked the Super Bowl halftime show to give EMF-goers another headlining performance!
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Expect Jill Scott to bring “The Real Thing” and "Golden" to NOLA.
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The ladies are in for a treat when ESSENCE Festival veteran Trey Songz hits the stage.
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Maxwell is set to make all the ladies swoon in Nawlins!
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Expect Solange to perform new songs from her latest EP, True.
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With a new album on the charts, Keyshia Cole is ready for her return to the ESSENCE Festival for the second year in a row.
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Brandy will sing her way through nearly 20 years of hits! She's ready to "Put It Down!"
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Expect Faith Evans to rock the Super Lounge stage with songs like "You Used to Love Me" and "Love Like This."
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Last year, Steve Harvey spoke at the ESSENCE Empowerment seminars, and this year he's coming back to share laughs and knowledge at the ESSENCE Empowerment Experience.
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Jay-Z’s protegee, Bridget Kelly will make her second ESSENCE Festival appearance this year.
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ESSENCE Festival fan-favorite Charlie Wilson will be getting the party started yet again.
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Grammy Award-winning artist Jody Watley will take a trip down memory lane on stage!
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LL Cool J will rock the house with all of his hits from the '80s to the present.
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Expect to hear only the truth about life, love and family from ESSENCE Empowerment Experience speaker Iyanla Vanzant.
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Legendary rapper Big Daddy Kane will bring the crowd to its feet with a bevy of hits.
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New Edition will hit the main stage again for the first time since 2011! Can't wait!
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With a hot new album celebrating the legacy of Etta James, Leela James is ready to light up the Essence Fest stage.
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The hip-hop artist and high-energy performer returns to the Essence Fest stage for the second year in a row.
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Helene Faussart and Celia Faussart of Les Nubians make their debut at the Essence Festival.
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The 18-year-old R&B singer and New Orleans native returns to the Essence Festival for the second year in a row.
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The Grammy-nominated singer will bring his soulful sounds down to New Orleans a few months after releasing his fourth album, Love Out Loud.
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Her blend of blues, funk and soul make Mia Borders one of the most exciting new performers out of New Orleans. The 24-year-old makes her Essence Fest debut this year.
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The beloved '90s group will reunite on the EF stage. No diggity, no doubt we're excited about this reunion.
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The legendary singer will be honored during the ESSENCE Fest's annual all-star Gospel tribute.
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The beloved R&B group will return to NOLA to perform at the Essence Fest Superlounge.
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Gospel rapper Mali Music will make his debut on the Super Lounge stage.
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Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kenya Moore will talk beauty, entertainment and being "Gone With the Wind Fabulous" at the ESSENCE Empowerment Experience.
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Rachelle Ferrell is no stranger to the ESSENCE Festival, and she's returning to New Orleans this year to perform on the Super Lounge stage.
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Expect Tamia to hit the Super Lounge stage with her catalog of hits like "Officially Missing You," "Stranger In My House" and "So Into You."
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Denise Warren will talk all about healthy body, mind and spirit at the ESSENCE Empowerment Experience.
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Karen Peterson will stop by the New Orleans Convention Center to participate in ESSENCE's Empowerment Experience.
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Expect gospel singer Kim Burrell to bring words of advice and inspiration to the ESSENCE Empowerment Experience.
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With 25 years in the music industry under his belt, gospel singer Kurt Carr has plenty of knowledge to share with festival-goers at the ESSENCE Empowerment Experience.
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Bishop Noel Jones is traveling to New Orleans to share wisdom at the ESSENCE Empowerment Experience.
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In addition to all the musical guests, the festival will include a lecture by legislator John Lewis at ESSENCE's Empowerment Experience.
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Award-winning gospel recording artist Isaac Carree will be making a much-anticipated stop in New Orleans.
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Look forward to Dr. Shervington's words of wisdom on the issues that matter to you most.
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Meet Greta Prince, the singer who won last year’s ESSENCE R&B Star contest and opened for Mary J. Blige. This year, Prince will rock the SuperLounge stage on Sunday, July 7. Don’t miss this burgeoning talent!
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The British soul singer will perform in a superlounge on Sunday, July 7. Get ready!
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The May cover star will grace the mainstage just before Beyoncé on Sunday, July 7.
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The British sensation will peform in a superlounge on Friday July, 5. It will be Sande's first time at the festival!
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This will be James's second time at the Festival. The rising star will on the superlounge stage on Sunday, July 7.
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These sexy soul men will the ladies moving and the hearts racing with their set. TGT is scheduled to grace the mainstage on Sunday, July 7.
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The uniquely talented singer will fill Saturday night's superlounge with sweet music!
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Maya Azucena is set to grace one of the four superlounges on Friday, July 5.
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Simphiwe Dana will command audiences in one of Friday night's superlounges.
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Shamarr Allen & The Underdawgs will party and boogy in a superlounge on Saturday, July 5.
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Avery*Sunshine will bring her bright smile and upbeat tunes to one of Saturday night's superlounges.
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New and Next featured arist Alice Smith will share her gift with folks in a superlounge on Sunday night.
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