Athletes at ESSENCE Festival

Everyone knows ESSENCE Festival brings out the best singers, actors, and inspirational speakers. But athletes get in on the action, too.

Eb the Celeb May, 29, 2014

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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 9 Johnny Nunez

Mourning shows love to a fan in the Convention Center.

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In the Ernest Morial Convention Center in 2013, we burned calories and got heathly living tips from Olympian Jackie Joyner Kersee.

5 of 9 Kevin 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 9 Scott 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 9 Andrew Goetz

The former football player spoke on our 'Love and Happiness' panel in 2010.

8 of 9 Scott Legato

Miami Heat star Lebron James posed for the camera with Rev. Al Sharpton in 2008.

9 of 9 Peter 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.