Setting the Stage: Behind the Scenes at ESSENCE Festival 2015

Before the big show, the real magic happens. Take a look at how the massive ESSENCE Festival is put together bit by bit.

ESSENCE.COM Jul, 03, 2015

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A behind the scenes look at the making of the 2015 ESSENCE Festival.

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A behind the scenes look at the making of the 2015 ESSENCE Festival.

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A behind the scenes look at the making of the 2015 ESSENCE Festival.

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A behind the scenes look at the making of the 2015 ESSENCE Festival.

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A behind the scenes look at the making of the 2015 ESSENCE Festival.

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A behind the scenes look at the making of the 2015 ESSENCE Festival.

7 of 21 Michael Rowe

A behind the scenes look at the making of the 2015 ESSENCE Festival.

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A behind the scenes look at the making of the 2015 ESSENCE Festival.

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A behind the scenes look at the making of the 2015 ESSENCE Festival.

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A behind the scenes look at the making of the 2015 ESSENCE Festival.

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A behind the scenes look at the making of the 2015 ESSENCE Festival.

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A behind the scenes look at the making of the 2015 ESSENCE Festival.

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A behind the scenes look at the making of the 2015 ESSENCE Festival.

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A behind the scenes look at the making of the 2015 ESSENCE Festival.

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A behind the scenes look at the making of the 2015 ESSENCE Festival.

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A behind the scenes look at the making of the 2015 ESSENCE Festival.

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A behind the scenes look at the making of the 2015 ESSENCE Festival.

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A behind the scenes look at the making of the 2015 ESSENCE Festival.

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A behind the scenes look at the making of the 2015 ESSENCE Festival.

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A behind the scenes look at the making of the 2015 ESSENCE Festival.

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A behind the scenes look at the making of the 2015 ESSENCE Festival.