Galleries: Essence Music Festival Brings Out The Celebs And Colorful Characters (50 + Day 1 Photos )

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Fantasia Barrino

Fanny brought her gut full to Essence Music Festival where she — as well as Jennifer Hudson, Usher, Miguel, Macy Gray and Charlie Wilson performed. There were also a host of other events including the “TBS & TNT All Access Experience Booth” on Friday in New Orlenas. Stars from “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” (Lance Gross, Keshia Knight Pulliam, & Demetria McKinney), “Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns” (Lamman Rucker, David & Tamela Mann), “Franklin & Bash” (Garcelle Beauvais), “Are We There Yet?” (Terry Crews & Essence Atkins), and “Leverage” (Aldis Hodge) greeted fans and signed autographs at the Morial Convention Center.

Letoya Luckett and Slim Thug

These two were also spotted looking pretty fond of one another. Letoya Luckett also participated in the Charity Celeb Bartending Challenge with socialite and Belvedere Ambassador Bevy Smith, creating the official drink of the festival “The Belve Peach Essence” contributing donations from the challenge to The Red Cross of New Orleans. The Belvedere VIP Lounge was also popping, with celebs including Naturi Naughton, Garcelle Beauvais, Terry Crews, Boris Kudjoe, Carl Anthony Payne and Dwele stopping by.

50+ pictures from all over the festival below:


  • The Ninja Kitty

    I love Miguel! Especially his new song: Quickie! “i dont wanna be loveddd i dont wanna be lovedddd i just wanna quickie no bite marks no scratches & no hickies if u can get wit that mami come get wit meeeee”. Hehehhehe

  • sursum ad summum

    when do the ”A” listers perform ?

  • Ebony

    Usher still biting michael jackson’s dance moves after all these years

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