Inside the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center at the 2007 ESSENCE Music Festival

Inside the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center at the 2007 ESSENCE Music Festival
ESSENCE.COM Aug, 27, 2008

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Tyler Perry and the “House of Payne” cast greeted fans.

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Tyler Perry and members of the “House of Payne” cast.

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Mainstage performer, Chris Brown.

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Hill Harper and Kimberly Elise smile for the camera.

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“The Pursuit of Happyness” author, Chris Gardner.

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Kelly Rowland autographs copies of her new CD, Ms. Kelly.

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Kelly Rowland flashes a smile.

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Robin Thicke takes it all in.

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Sheryl Lee Ralph shows off her ESSENCE Music Festival gear.

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Actor, Wendell Pierce.

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ESSENCE President Michelle Ebanks, ESSENCE chairman and founder Ed Lewis, singer Lionel Ritchie, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, ESSENCE Magazine Editor-in-chief Angela Burt-Murray, and ESSENCE editorial director Susan L. Taylor are all happy to see the festival return home to New Orleans.

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