Day 1 of the ESSENCE + New Voices Entrepreneur Summit kicked off with a host of conversations that included inspiring stories about unforgettable moments along the journey’s of successful entrepreneurs that helped better their approach along the way.

Among those who took the Summit’s main stage was none other than Grammy-winning super-producer, entrepreneur and proud Atlanta native, Jermaine Dupri. Joined by ESSENCE Unbossed podcast host Marquita Harris, Dupri closed out the opening day of the inaugural event with a layered discussion that included a funny story about a studio session with Aretha Franklin that taught him an important career lesson.

Check out the video above to hear how the Queen of Soul helped JD tighten up his game and be sure to head back to ESSENCE.com for more of everything you missed on Day 1 of the ESSENCE + New Voices Entrepreneur Summit and Target Holiday Market.

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