Star Gazing: ESSENCE Music Festival 2012

Star Gazing: ESSENCE Music Festival 2012
ESSENCE.COM Jul, 06, 2012

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ESSENCE Music Festival headliner Charlie Wilson signs autographs for fans at the Convention Center.

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Gospel duo Mary Mary receive their award at the ESSENCE Empowerment Experience at the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Kirk Franklin and wife, Tammy, enjoy the sights and sounds of ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Sunday Best winner Amber Bullock enjoys the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Gospel star VaShawn Mitchell at the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Steve and Marjorie Harvey attend the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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ESSENCE Communications President Michelle Ebanks, Aretha Franklin and Trey Songz share a happy moment backstage at the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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ESSENCE Communications President Michelle Ebanks, Aretha Franklin and Kevin Hart meet backstage at the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and ESSENCE Communications President Michelle Ebanks present Aretha Franklin with several awards.

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Eva Marcille and ESSENCE President Michelle Ebanks poses for a picture backstage at the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Rev. Al Sharpton meets with ESSENCE President Michelle Ebanks.

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Estelle enjoys the atmosphere backstage in VIP at the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Shaunie O’Neal and Evelyn Lozada enjoy the VIP lounge at the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Basketball Wives star Evelyn Lozada poses for the camera at the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Pharrell Williams at the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival in New Orleans.

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Luke James flaunts his muscles at the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Tina Campbell of Mary Mary was all smiles showing off her baby bump at the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Michelle Williams strikes a pose at the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Celebrity trainer and Biggest Loser star Dolvett Quince visits the ESSENCE.com Live Stage.

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Anthony Hamilton takes a minute to answer media questions at the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Estelle rocked the house in her performance at the Superlounge.

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Chaka Khan closed out the ESSENCE Music Festival in a stellar performance at the Superdome.

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Evelyn Lozada stops by the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Chaka Khan looked radiant in her hip shaking performance at the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Eva Marcille is looking casual and cute for Sunday night’s ESSENCE Music Festival concerts.

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Eve was all hands and having fun in her performance at the Superlounge.

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Bridget Kelly sang beautifully during her performance at the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Melissa Harris Perry rocks a fierce purple dress at the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Eric Benet and Marsha Ambrosius pose backstage at ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Kirk Franklin attends the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Lance Gross, Keshia Knight-Pulliam and Michelle Williams enjoy the perks of the ESSENCE Luxe Lounge.

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Michelle Williams enjoys the Luxe Lounge at ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Doug E. Fresh and Janelle Snowden take a quick photo backstage at ESSENCE Music Festival.

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DJ-Nice and MC Lyte share a sweet moment together backstage at ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Kendu Issac and Shaunie O’Neal grab a drink backstage at the ESSENCE Music Festival VIP lounge.

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Eva Marcille and Malik Yoba enjoy the VIP lounge at the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Trey Songz says hello to Kevin Hart before he go goes on stage.

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Raheem DaVaughn stops by the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Eric Roberson takes the stage at the Superlounge.

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Vanessa L. Williams opens up about her relationship with her mother on the ESSENCE Empowerment Stage.

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Trina Braxton and Tamar Braxton enjoy the VIP lounge at ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Michelle Williams poses for the cameras at ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Mary Mary takes the Empowerment Stage by storm at ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Steve Harvey plays an amazing game of Family Feud.

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Marsha Ambrosius hangs out with friends backstage at the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Kenny Lattimore was all smiles backstage at ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Tempestt Bledsoe enjoys the concert from VIP at ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Cynthia Bailey and husband Peter Thomas share an intimate moment backstage at ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Iyanla Vanzant enjoys the ESSENCE Music Festival from backstage.

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June Ambrose looks beautiful backstage at the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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S. Epatha Merkerson enjoys the sights and sounds of ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Russell Hornsby watches the concerts backstage at ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Tasha Smith and her twin sister Sidra Smith enjoy the Festival backstage.

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Ursula Stephens, hairstylist to the stars, enjoys VIP at ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Former Destiny’s Child band members Michelle Williams and Letoya Luckett were all hugs at the 2012 Essence Music Festival.

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Ledisi dances onstage during Saturday night’s ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Eva Marcille enjoys the Saturday night lineup at the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Tamar Braxton flashes her pearly whites for the cameras backstage at the ESSENCE.com Live Stage.

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ESSENCE Music Festival host Nephew Tommy signs autographs for fans at the Convention Center.

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Tyrese is all business as he arrives to the Convention Center of the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Anthony Anderson and Tempestt Bledsoe, stars of NBC’s newest show Guys with Kids, enjoy the sights and sounds of the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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ESSENCE editor-in-chief Constance C.R. White and Congresswoman Maxine Waters at ESSENCE Music Festival.

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ESSENCE Music Festival performer Ledisi signs copies of her book Better Than Alright for fans.

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ESSENCE.com Live Stage host Free takes a quick photo before hopping on stage.

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Michael Jai White backstage at the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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NFL star Devin Thomas and Porshia Pryor enjoy a cute moment in VIP at the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Malik Yoba poses for the cameras backstage at the ESSENCE.com Live Stage.

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EMF performer Melanie Fiona sings at the McDonald’s 365Black Awards.

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Tamia serenades the McDonald’s 365Black Award-goers.

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Doug E. Fresh performs for McDonald’s 365Black Awards.

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Marsha Ambrosious attends the McDonald’s 365Black Awards.

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Laz Alonso attends the McDonald’s 365Black Awards.

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Tamia and Grant Hill present at the McDonald’s 365Black Awards.

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Rev. Al Sharpton delivers a quick speech at the McDonald’s 365Black Awards.

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EMF performer Tank takes the stage at the McDonald’s 365Black Awards.

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T.D. Jakes was honored at the McDonalds 365Black Awards.

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Eric Benet performs for McDonald’s 365Black Awards.

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EMF performer Chaka Khan performs for McDonald’s 365Black Awards.

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NFL star Devin Thomas, his fianceé Porshia Pryor, along with LaToya Luckett enjoy the sights and sounds of the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Sidra Smith, Tasha Smith and S. Epatha Merkerson were spotted backstage at the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Terrell Tilford enjoys VIP backstage at the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Basketball Wives star Shaunie O’Neal enjoys the VIP lounge of the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Girlfriend Confidential star Denyce Lawton enjoys the fun and food backstage at the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Single Ladies star Denise Vasi lounges backstage at ESSENCE Music Festival.

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ESSENCE Music Festival stars Q Parker and Luke James pose for the camera at the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Tisha Campbell-Martin and Yo-Yo enjoy the VIP lounge at the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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ESSENCE Music Festival ‘New & Next’ star CoCo Jones poses for the cameras.

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LisaRaye McCoy enjoys the VIP lounge at the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Cynthia Bailey chills in the VIP area at the Friday night EMF 2012 concert.

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Bevy Smith looks lovely at the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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D.B. Woodside at the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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The cast of Single Ladies at the ESSENCE.com Live Stage.

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Keshia Knight-Pulliams relaxes at the Luxe Lounge at the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Finding Our Missing host S. Epatha Merkerson visits the ESSENCE.com Live Stage.

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Tanika Ray at the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival in New Orleans.

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Goapele at the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival in New Orleans.

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Vanessa L. Williams and her mother, Helen relax in the ESSENCE Music Festival Luxe Lounge.

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Devin Thomas gets a touch up at the Luxe Lounge at the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Eva Marcille and Beverly Johnson speak at the Love at Any Age seminar.

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Eva Marcille on the Empowerment Experience stage at the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Tisha Campbell-Martin, Lance Gross and Keshia Knight Pulliam backstage at the celebrity suite at the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Lance Gross flashes his pearly whites at the the Convention Center at the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Single Ladies stars D.B. Woodside and LisRaye McCoy pose for the cameras at the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Actor Pooch Hall poses for the camera at the Luxe Lounge at the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Steve Harvey and his wife, Marjorie, pose for the camera backstage at the ESSENCE.com Live Stage.

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Stylist to the stars, June Ambrose, attends an event at the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Single Ladies star Denise Vasi attends an event at the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Tempestt Bledsoe and Anthony Anderson attend an ESSENCE.com Live Stage event.

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Disney star Roshon Fegan lights up the Convention Center at the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Access Hollywood anchor Shaun Robinson interviews Disney star Roshon Fegan at the Convention Center at the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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