#WCW: The Lovely Women of Essence Fest 2015

The women chosen to perform and empower at the 2015 ESSENCE Festival reflect what it means to be an ESSENCE woman.  They are multi-faceted and multi-talented.  They are fearless singers, actors, dancers, activists, entreprenuers, mothers, daughters and wives on their own missions to enlighten and uplift our world. We rounded them up as our #WomenCrushWednesday picks because each and every one of them deserve to shine!

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Gia Peppers Apr, 01, 2015

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Set to headline ESSENCE Fest 2015, recording artist Mary J. Blige is pictured attending The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California.

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India.Arie is set to return to the ESSENCE Fest stage in 2015, as well as appear in the ESSENCE Empowerment Experience.

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After rave reviews of her 2014 Essence Fest performance, Erykah Badu is back again for 2015.

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Multi-talented singer, songwriter, musician and New Orleanian Tonya Boyd Cannon is set to perform for the first time at ESSENCE Fest 2015.

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Avery*Sunshine, the beautiful voice behind the hit "Call on Me," is set to bring her light to the 2015 ESSENCE Fest performance stage.

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YouTube sensation turned Warner Brothers recording artist Andra Day used her talent and her social skills to make her dream come true.  With her immense talent, she's sure to make you a believer at ESSENCE Fest 2015.

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2015 ESSENCE Fest performer Goapele arrives at the 6th Annual Essence Black Women in Music event at Avalon Hollywood in Hollywood, California.

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Hope you are ready to laugh because Luenell is bringing her comedy chops to the ESSENCE Fest stage in 2015 for the first time ever.

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Singer Teedra Moses is set to light up the stage with her vocals at ESSENCE Fest 2015.

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Kelly Price is set to perform and empower the masses at the 2015 ESSENCE Festival Empower U Workshops. 

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Tweet, who was spotted at the 2014 ESSENCE Fest, will be performing this year in New Orleans at #EF2015.

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After her debut performance at ESSENCE Fest 2014, "Don't Kill the Fun" singer Sevyn Streeter will return to New Orleans in July to give the crowd her brand new music.

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...SZA. The first lady of Kendrick's camp, TDE has a unique style and sound herself. Check out her album, Z.

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Elle Varner is set to bring her new edge to the 2015 ESSENCE Fest stage.

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The beautiful and talented Esperanza Spalding will perform at ESSENCE Fest 2015 with her set, Esperanza Spalding Presents: EMILY’S D+EVOLUTION.

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Award-winning British folk singer and multi-talented instrumentalist Lianne La Havas wooed Jill Scott during her tribute at the 2015 Black Women in Music event.  With her beauty, rich voice and acoustic stylings, she is sure to have the same effect on our ESSENCE Fest audience in July.

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Cynthia Bailey, model and "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star, will share her expertise at the 2015 ESSENCE Fest.

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Our 2015 ESSENCE Fest All Star Gospel Tribute is all in honor of the great work, love and faith singer and pastor Kim Burrell gives to the world.  We love you, Kim!

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Acclaimed philanthropist, entrepreneur, and community activist Erica Ford will be speaking alongside Deepak Chopra at the 2015 ESSENCE Fest.

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Sybrina Fulton, the mother of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin, has become one of the faces of the fight against police brutality and community injustice.  She will share her story and perspective during the 2015 ESSENCE Empowerment Experience.

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Grace Gibson & Lynn Whitfield are a mother daughter duo ready to take the entertainment industry by storm.  Check them out as they speak at ESSENCE Fest 2015.

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The Real Housewives of Atlanta star will be making her first ESSENCE Festival debut as a speaker during the ESSENCE Empowerment Experience.

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Jessica Reedy is set to perform at ESSENCE Fest 2015 during our highly anticipated All-Star tribute, as well.

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"Reality Show" singer Jazmine Sullivan will perform in the ESSENCE All Star Gospel Tribute to Kim Burrell.

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Iyanla Vanzant herself will be ready to "Fix Your Life" at the 2015 ESSENCE Fest.  Bring tissue, just in case.

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America’s Money Maven, Patrice C. Washington, will help you with your finances at ESSENCE Fest 2015.

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This mother and daughter duo co-authors books and will appear at the 2015 ESSENCE Fest.  Get ready to meet Alice Randall & Caroline Randall Williams!

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2015 ESSENCE Fest performer Anita Wilson arrives at the 6th Annual Essence Black Women in Music event at Avalon Hollywood in Hollywood, California.

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Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kandi Burruss will be sharing her tips on how to be the ultimate boss at the 2015 ESSENCE Fest.

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Melinda F. Emerson, the "SmallBizLady" herself, will give you her best tips on creating your own success.

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Tana Gilmore & Kelli Fisher, the famed life coach & matchmaking duo, will be on hand at ESSENCE Fest 2015 to give you great advice on life and love.

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Lynnette Khalfani Fox is known as the MoneyCoach and in July, she will be able to help you with your own obstacles and monetary goals at the ESSENCE Fest Empower U Money workshop.

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Tonya Lewis Lee is an author, award-winning producer and Chief Creator of ToniK Productions.  She'll be at ESSENCE Fest 2015 on the Empower U stage.

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OBGYN Dr. Cheruba Parker, who specializes in fibroids, will help the women of ESSENCE Fest Empower U take control of their health along with Cynthia Bailey and more.

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After taking this gorgeous photo at the 2014 ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon, we invited Sarah Jakes and her husband Touré Roberts to come speak at ESSENCE Fest 2015.

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Georgia native, CNN News Editor and founder of The White Dress Project, Tanika Gray Valbrun will offer inspiration at the 2015 ESSENCE Fest.

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Fawn Weaver is slated to speak at the ESSENCE Festival 2015.