It wasn't fair when Harden used Kevin Hart as an arm rest, but it's all in good fun at the festival.
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It's always good to have some eye candy. NFL wide receiver Devin Thomas is pictured here with actor Darrin Henson in the Convention Center.
3 of 9Johnny Nunez
Mourning shows love to a fan in the Convention Center.
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Jackie Joyner Kersee
In the Ernest Morial Convention Center in 2013, we burned calories and got heathly living tips from Olympian Jackie Joyner Kersee.
5 of 9Kevin Kwan
The 3-time NBA champion seemed to enjoy himself at the festival in 2009. No surprise there, as Beyoncé was the headliner.
6 of 9Scott Legato
Paul played ball in New Orleans at the time this photo was taken in 2008, so he's no stranger to ESSENCE Festival fun.
7 of 9Andrew Goetz
The former football player spoke on our 'Love and Happiness' panel in 2010.
8 of 9Scott Legato
Miami Heat star Lebron James posed for the camera with Rev. Al Sharpton in 2008.
9 of 9Peter Nakhid
In July 2005, one month before Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, Johnson took to the Empowerment stage and gave a prescient speech about building wealth despite the odds. It's one of the many reasons he was inducted into our ESSENCE Festival Empowerment Hall Of Fame.
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