Our Fave Instagram Pics from This Year's Star-Studded #EssenceFest

Take a candid look at all the fun celebs had at this year's festivities. From the VIP room to backstage at the Superdome, here's the Fest from a star's eye view.

ESSENCE.COM Jul, 06, 2015

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The legend is en route to her kingdom.

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What we wouldn't give to sandwich ourselves into this epic self.

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Cookie break! 

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Common and Lance Gross are killing the ESSENCE scene with their dapper apparel! 

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Keke Palmer gets ready to step on stage for the Empowerment Experience.

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We wonder who bumped into who.

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Sybrina Fulton talks about her "Mothers on a Mission" foundation at the Empowerment Experience. 

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The power trio has arrived.

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 Jussie Smollett, Don Juan, and Carmon Cambrice snap a pic in front of the Convention Center. 

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Sevyn Streeter and Laurieann Gibson perfecting a selfie, Sevyn says, “Gwoooorrrrllll we gotta find da light.”

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The OWN powerhouses reunite in our VIP area.

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 Adrian Marcel and Lunell are having fun in the Big Easy!


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Lil Durk posts "Kicking off #EssenceFest weekend with @SamsungMobileUSA #GalaxyLife" 

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Cynthia Bailey discusses her relationship with her daughter, Noelle Robison. 

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Monica and Shannon Brown are so couple. Can you say, "relationship goals!"

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Common says, "I was honored to be able to present @directher with a much deserved award. #365blackawards #essencefest"

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Garcelle wears Bourbon Street well.

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Yara Shahidi giving her best pre game face before speaking at the Convention center.

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A singer and a comedienne walk into the Superdome...

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New Orleans rapper Dee-1 being interviewed by @essencemag in the French Quarter. 

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Vanessa Simmons arrives to the Essence Fest entrance saying, “Hey New Orleans.”

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Deitrick Haddon posts, “Great day at #Essencefest supporting the kids @stjude @carmtrip”

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One legend comes face to face with another legend.

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Common teases fans with a quick snap of him warming up before his Saturday night show.

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Girl power! Shanice and Estelle strike a pose.

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Love to see a praying man!

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Justine Skye having some backstage fun.

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Before the magic happened.

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Alesha Love participates in ESSENCE Fest's Day of Service with her beau.

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These two look like they're having a good time.

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Luenell is ready to turn up for ESSENCE Fest with her bodyguard by her side. 

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Angela Simmons graces her Instagram followers with a beautiful smile, “Happy Girl ! New Orleans ! Essence festival ! I'm here! #samsung.”