Star Gazing from Last Year's ESSENCE Festival

We can't wait to see what celebs descend on New Orleans for the 21st annual ESSENCE Festival. In the meantime, let's see who was in attendance last year.

ESSENCE.COM Jul, 05, 2013

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Elle Varner attend the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Sybrina Fulton and Taraji P. Henson attend the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Dave Chappelle attend the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Dave Chappelle and Erykah Badu attend the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Actress Taraji P. Henson attends the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Actress Nicole Ari Parker and actor Boris Kodjoe attends the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana

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Actress Tika Sumpter attends the 2014 365 Black Awards during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival on July 5, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Actors Morris Chestnut, Lance Gross, and Terrence Jenkins attend the 2014 ESSENCE Festival on July 5, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Recording artist Ledisi performs during the 2014 365 Black Awards during the ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Questlove of The Roots performs at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Mary J. Blige performs at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival on July 5, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Recording artist Mali Music attends the 365 Black Awards during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

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Black Thought of The Roots performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Actor Lance Gross attends the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

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Ledisi performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Tyler Perry attends the 2014 ESSENCE Festival on July 5, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Recording artist Michelle Williams attends the 2014 365 Black Awards during the ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Actress Nicole Beharie attends the 2014 365 Black Awards during the ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Recording artist Jazmine Sullivan attends the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Avant attends the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

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Keke Wyatt attends the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Anthony Mackie and Michael B. Jordan attend the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Rappers MC Lyte and Doug E. Fresh attends the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

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Recording artist Leela James attends the 2014 365 Black Awards during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival on July 5, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Cynthia Bailey and Derek J attend the 2014 ESSENCE Festival on July 5, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Questlove, Biz Markie and Treach attend the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Biz Markie and DJ Jazzy Jeff attend the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Michael B. Jordan and LeToya Luckett attend the 2014 ESSENCE Festival on July 5, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Actress Malinda Williams attends the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Recording artist Marsha Ambrosius attends the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Recording artist Mary J. Blige attends the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Sherri Shepherd attends the 2014 ESSENCE Festival on in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

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Ledisi at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New orleans.

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Cynthia Bailey and Peter Thomas at the ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Luke James at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center for the 2014 ESSENCE Festival.

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Kelly Price at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Roland Martin interviews Yolanda Adams on the ESSENCE Center Stage.

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Kevin Liles, Trey Songz and Tank attend the 2014 ESSENCE Festival on July 3, 2014 in New Orleans.

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LeToya Luckett and Monica attend the 2014 ESSENCE Festival on July 3, 2014 in New Orleans.

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Jazmine Sullivan attends the 2014 ESSENCE Festival on July 3, 2014 in New Orleans.

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Tina Atikins-Campbell and Erica Campbell of Mary Mary attends the 2014 ESSENCE Festival on July 4, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Roland Martin works it out with Body by Denise team on the ESSENCE Center Stage.

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Eva Marcille attends the 2014 ESSENCE Festival on July 4, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Elle Varner at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center for the 2014 ESSENCE Festival.

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K. Michelle stops by the press room during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival on July 3, 2014 in New Orleans.

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Nas attends the 2014 ESSENCE Festival on July 3, 2014 in New Orleans.

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Alicia Keys is interviewed on Center Stage in ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Tika Sumpter and Anthony Anderson attend the 2014 ESSENCE Festival on July 4, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Recording artist Alicia Keys attends the 2014 ESSENCE Festival on July 4, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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TV personality Soledad O'Brien attends the 2014 ESSENCE Festival on July 4, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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TV personalities Cynthia Bailey and Robin Roberts attend the 2014 ESSENCE Festival on July 4, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

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Author Terry McMillan onstage at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival on July 4, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Bishop TD Jakes onstage at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival on July 4, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Kevin Liles attends the 2014 ESSENCE Festival on July 4, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Reality televison personality Derek J attends the 2014 ESSENCE Festival on July 4, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Rapper Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges onstage at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival on July 4, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Actress Vanessa A. Williams attends the 2014 ESSENCE Festival on July 4, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Al Sharpton attends the 2014 ESSENCE Festival on July 4, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Actor Laz Alonso attends the 2014 ESSENCE Festival on July 4, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Luke James at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center for the 2014 ESSENCE Festival.

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Robin Roberts and her sister Sally-Ann Roberts onstage at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival on July 4, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Actor Lance Gross attends the 2014 ESSENCE Festival on July 4, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Roland Martin at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center for the 2014 ESSENCE Festival.

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Chante Moore will hit the stage for the EEE Gospel Tribute, honoring music icon Cissy Houston.

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Trina and Towanda Braxton at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center for the 2014 ESSENCE Festival.

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Laz Alonzo and the cast of Preachers of LA at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center for the 2014 ESSENCE Festival.

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Luke James at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center for the 2014 ESSENCE Festival.

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Elle Varner at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center for the 2014 ESSENCE Festival.