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Just 5 months after officially announcing his historic run for the presidency, then-Senator Barack Obama took the stage at ESSENCE Festival to address a crowd of supporters from the very community that would ultimately playe a huge role in helping him become the country's first Black president.
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The night began with a few words from lovebirds in spirit and song Chante Moore & Kenny Lattimore.
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“It” girl Ciara high-octane performance gives N’awlins an adrenalin rush.
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Eddie Levert and Ms. Bridges, Ludacris’s mom, get cozy before her son’s performance.
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Ludacris moves the crowd.
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Actors Hill Harper and Victoria Rowell.
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Access Hollywood’s Shaun Robinson and mainstage host Jonathan Slocumb.
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Warner Bros., VP of Black Music Mike Kyser, BET’s Toccara and Chaka Zulu, Ludacris’s manager and Disturbing Tha Peace Records cofounder and CEO.
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Syndicated radio host Tom Joyner and fitness guru Donna Richardson Joyner are picture-perfect.
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