Star Gazing: ESSENCE Festival 2013

The brightest stars descended on New Orleans for the 19th annual ESSENCE Festival. See who was in attendance.

ESSENCE.COM Jul, 05, 2013

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Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker at the 2013 ESSENCE Festival.

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Jill Scott strikes a pose backstage at the Superdome at he 2013 ESSENCE Festival.

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Trey Songz pose for a portrait at the 2013 Essence Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Jill Scott performs at the Superdome at the 2013 ESSENCE Festival in New Orlean, LA.

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Meagan Good and DeVon Franklin at the 2013 ESSENCE Festival.

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Maxwell lights up the stage at the Superdome at the 2013 ESSENCE Festival.

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Romeo Miller strikes a pose backstage at the Convention Center at the 2013 ESSENCE Festival in New Orlean, Louisiana.

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Redaric Williams and Nathan J. Owens looking hot in the VIP Lounge at the convention center at the 2013 Essence Festial in New Orlean, Louisiana. 

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Emeli Sande enjoys the 2013 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Laz Alonzo at the 2013 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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LeToya Luckett at the 2013 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Michelle Williams at the 2013 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Maxwell lights up the New Orleans Superdome for the 2013 ESSENCE Fest.

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Chante Moore at the 2013 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Lance Gross looks sexy as ever at the 2013 ESSENCE Festival.

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Laz Alonso at the 2013 ESSENCE Music Festival in New Orleans.

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ESSENCE Festival performer backstage at the New Orleans Superdome before her concert.

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Mayte Garcia, Andrea Kelly and Nicole Murphy at the 2013 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Kenya Moore at the 2013 ESSENCE Music Festival in New Orleans.

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Niecy Nash signs copies of her new book, It's Hard to Fight Naked.

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Trina and Traci Braxton at the 2013 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Drea Kelly and Monifa at the 2013 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Nicole Murphy at the 2013 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Steve Harvey holds a live staging of Family Feud at the 2013 ESSENCE Festival.

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Maya Azucena at the 2013 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Trey Songz during his soundcheck before the 2013 ESSENCE Festival performance.

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MC Lyte enjoys the 2013 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Alicia Etheridge and Bobby Brown at the 2013 ESSENCE Music Festival in New Orleans.

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Kym Whitley at the ESSENCE Music Festival in New Orleans.

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Tweet at the 2013 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Chef Roble at the 2013 ESSENCE Festival.

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Brandy Norwood and Ryan Press in the VIP at the convention center at the 2013 ESSENCE Festival in New Orlean, LA.

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Taraji P. Henson at the 2013 ESSENCE Festival.

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Marvin Sapp at the 2013 ESSENCE Festival.

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Blair Underwood at Center Stage at the 2013 ESSENCE Festival.

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Lauren London at the 2013 ESSENCE Festival.

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Anthony David at the 2013 ESSENCE Festival.

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Bridget Kelly attends the 2013 ESSENCE Festival.

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Mint Condition at the 2013 ESSENCE Festival.

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Chrisette Michele at the 2013 ESSENCE Festival.

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Luke James at the 2013 ESSENCE Festival.

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Eric Benet attends the 2013 Essence Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Estelle attends the 2013 Essence Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Meagan Good attends the 2013 Essence Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Kenya Moore attends the 2013 Essence Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Taraji P. Henson attends the 2013 Essence Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Keyshia Cole and husband Daniel Gibson attend the 2013 Essence Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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A packed house at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center for the 2013 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleas, Louisiana.

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Al Sharpton and Trey Songz attend the 2013 ESSENCE Festival at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Trey Songz at the 2013 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Kenya Moore at the 2013 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Janelle Monaé at the 2013 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Estelle and Kym Whitley attend the 2013 365 Black Awards at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Taraji P. Henson attends the 2013 365 Black Awards at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Omari Hardwick attends the 2013 365 Black Awards at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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LeToya Luckett attends the 2013 365 Black Awards at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Brandy, Lance Gross and Estelle at the ESSENCE Festival Day Party.

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Brandy at the 2013 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Trey Songz at Center Stage at the 2013 ESSENCE Festival.

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Trina and Traci Braxton pose backstage at the ESSENCE Empowerment Experience at the 2013 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Trey Songz, Kevin Hart and James Harden share a few laughs at the 2013 ESSENCE Festival.

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Wale attends the 2013 ESSENCE Festival. 

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Marsha Ambrosius enjoys the 2013 ESSENCE Festival.

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Mayte Garcia, Drea Kelly, Nicole Murphy and LeToya Luckett attend the 2013 Essence Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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Alexandra Burke and Michelle Williams attend the 2013 Essence Festival.

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Bobby Brown, Kevin Hart, and Brandy Norwood attend the 2013 Essence Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome

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Doug E Fresh attends the 2013 Essence Festival.

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Lauren London and Trey Songz share a moment at the 2013 Essence Festival.

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Craig Robinson attends the 2013 Essence Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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Faith Evans and Bridget Kelly enjoy the 2013 Essence Festival