A Look Inside the 2015 ESSENCE Festival Sponsor Awards/2016 Preview

It was music, laughs and entertainment as the Essence Festival sponsors enjoyed a live show and awards on Tuesday night at Mist Harlem. Attendees also got a peek at the wide array of upcoming Essence video series.

ESSENCE.COM Oct, 28, 2015

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Editor in Chief Vanessa De Luca speaks onstage welcoming the audience to the 2015 ESSENCE Festival Sponsor Awards/2016 Upfront at MIST Harlem in New York City.

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Estelle at the 2015 ESSENCE Festival Sponsor Awards at MIST Harlem in New York City.

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Awards displayed at the 2015 ESSENCE Festival Sponsor Awards at MIST Harlem in New York City.

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Host Dana Blair, Entertainment Editor Yolanda Sangweni, Entertainment Director Cori Murray and The Daily Show correspondent Roy Wood Jr. played a live audience edition of Essence Live's  'Slayed or Shade' at the 2015 ESSENCE Festival Sponsor Awards at MIST Harlem in New York City.

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Estelle had everyone in the crowd on their feet and singing along as she performed at the 2015 ESSENCE Festival Sponsor Awards at MIST Harlem in New York City.

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Kierra Sheard took the audience to church as she performed her song "My Flaws" on stage at the 2015 ESSENCE Festival Sponsor Awards at MIST Harlem in New York City.

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Our November cover on display at the 2015 ESSENCE Festival Sponsor Awards at MIST Harlem in New York City.

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Kierra Sheard at the 2015 ESSENCE Festival Sponsor Awards at MIST Harlem in New York City.

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President of ESSENCE Communications Michelle Ebanks poses with the Sponsor Honorees at the 2015 ESSENCE Festival Sponsor Awards at MIST Harlem in New York City.

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Vanessa De Luca,  Kierra Sheard and Michelle Ebanks pose at the 2015 ESSENCE Festival Sponsor Awards at MIST Harlem in New York City.

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Dana Blair hosts the 2015 ESSENCE Festival Sponsor Awards at MIST Harlem in New York City.

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President of ESSENCE Communications Michelle Ebanks speaks at the 2015 ESSENCE Festival Sponsor Awards at MIST Harlem in New York City.

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Dana Blair hosts a discussion with ESSENCE's Features Editor Lauren N. Williams at the 2015 ESSENCE Festival Sponsor Awards in New York City.