Essence Music Festival mainstage performer Ciara is all smiles before her meet-and-greet session.
Ciara poses with an eager fan.
Funnyman D.L. Hughley is so fresh and so clean at The HBO Living Room.
Scholar/author Michael Eric Dyson, Prophetess Juanita Bynum and Reverend Marcia L. Dyson backstage.
The cast of Tyler Perry’s House of Payne chill before taking pics with fans.
Spiritual teacher Iyanla Vanzant and comedian Jonathan Slocumb share laughs.
Prophetess Juanita Bynum and Sheryl Lee Ralph share some sister time.
Blessed Assurance: Prophetess Juanita Bynum and crew get ready for her seminar.
Anonymity doesn’t suit crooner Bobby Valentino (left) or Comedian/actor Joe Claire at the McDonald’s booth.
Laurie Ann Gibson of MTV’s Making the Band busts a move.
ESSENCE readers become bookworms around actor Malik Yoba.
Gospel artist and pastor Smokie Norful in his rightful place at a podium.
Festival performers Ne-Yo and Angie Stone are all smiles backstage.