Hip-hop legend MC Lyte greets fans in the Superdome.
Journalist Ed Gordon, guest, Bishop T.D Jakes and CNN and ESSENCE correspondent Roland S. Martin prepare to advocate change at the Essence Empowerment Seminar Series.
Chicago Bears Defensive End and 2007 Do Right Man Adewale Ogunleye enjoys the festivities with ESSENCE cover girl Sanaa Lathan.
Rapper LL Cool J, Warner Music Group exec Kevin Liles and singer Musiq Soulchild hang out in the wings of the Superdome.
Actors Boris Kodjoe and Keshia Knight Pulliam greet each other backstage.
2008 Do Right Man Lance Gross, left, Tasha Smith and Rev. Al Sharpton get comfy on the Superlounge couch.
Roland S. Martin, left, Bill Cosby, Tom Joyner and wife Donna Richardson Joyner find spare time between seminars to catch up.
Ed Gordon and LL Cool J chat before making their rounds backstage.
Carl Thomas enjoys a little rest and relaxation in the Superlounge.
Singer Dwele shows off his best B-boy stance.
“Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” stars Larramie Shaw, left, and Lance Gross promote the show with Tyler Perry Studios supervising producer and 2008 ESSENCE Do Right Man Roger Bobb.