NEW ORLEANS, LA – JUNE 30: Mary J. Blige onstage during Netflix At Essence Festival 2017 – Day 1 on June 30, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Peter G. Forest/Getty Images for Netflix)

On Friday, June 30, Netflix kicked off its debut presence at the 2017 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans with a little help from the cast members of “Dear White People” and “Orange Is The New Black.” Fans filled Center Stage as the cast of “Dear White People” gathered onstage for the special news announcing the renewal of Season 2 of the popular original Netflix series. Fans enjoyed a special moment with Marque Richardson, Ashley Blaine Featherson, Logan Browning, Antoinette Robertson, DeRon Horton and Brandon P. Bell who played a game of “Winchester Confidential,” voting for the “most likely to…”

Later joining the cast was “Orange Is the New Black’s” Dascha Polanco, Selenis Leyva and Adrienne Moore in the Fan Zone Meet & Greet where festival goers got a chance to meet their favorite cast members, snap a photo and more.

In an exclusive moment for the festival festivalgoers were rewarded with a sneak peek at Mary J. Blige in Mudbound during the Strength of a Woman panel. In the upcoming Netflix film MUDBOUND, directed by Dee Rees, Blige plays Florence Jackson.

In the evening, the love continued at the red carpet premiere of the Netflix original film Naked starring Marlon Wayans, Regina Hall, Loretta Devine and Dennis Haysbert at the Civic Theatre in the heart of New Orleans. The romantic comedy, which premieres on Netflix on August 11th, follows Rob Anderson (Wayans) as he is all set to marry the girl of his dreams, but can’t quite get to the altar. Every time he’s ready to walk down the aisle, he finds himself waking up naked in his hotel elevator, forced to relive the beginning of his wedding day over and over again.

Netflix At Essence Festival 2017 - Day 1

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JUNE 30: Dee Rees of Mudbound onstage during Netflix At Essence Festival 2017 - Day 1 on June 30, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Peter G. Forest/Getty Images for Netflix)

Netflix At Essence Festival 2017 - Day 1

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JUNE 30: Dee Rees of Mudboubd speaks onstage during Netflix At Essence Festival 2017 - Day 1 on June 30, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Peter G. Forest/Getty Images for Netflix)

Netflix At Essence Festival 2017 - Day 1

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JUNE 30: Mary J. Blige onstage during Netflix At Essence Festival 2017 - Day 1 on June 30, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Peter G. Forest/Getty Images for Netflix)

Premiere Of Netflix Original Film

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JUNE 30: Dennis Haysbert attends the Premiere of Netflix Original Film "Naked" At The 2017 Essence Festival at Civic Theatre on June 30, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Netflix)

Premiere Of Netflix Original Film

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JUNE 30: Michael Tiddes attends the Premiere of Netflix Original Film "Naked" At The 2017 Essence Festival at Civic Theatre on June 30, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Netflix)

Premiere Of Netflix Original Film

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JUNE 30: Selenis Leyva, Adrienne C. Moore and Dascha Polanco attends the Premiere of Netflix Original Film "Naked" At The 2017 Essence Festival at Civic Theatre on June 30, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Netflix)

Premiere Of Netflix Original Film

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JUNE 30: DeRon Horton, Adrienne C. Moore, Selenis Leyva, Marque Richardson, Dascha Polanco, Antoinette Robertson, Logan Browning, Ashley Blaine Featherson and Brandon P. Hall attend the Premiere of Netflix Original Film "Naked" At The 2017 Essence Festival at Civic Theatre on June 30, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Netflix)

Premiere Of Netflix Original Film

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JUNE 30: Dascha Polanco, Loretta Devine, Dennis Haysbert, Michael Tiddes, Marlon Wayans, JT Jackson, Ryan Lewis and Rick Alvarez attend the Premiere of Netflix Original Film "Naked" At The 2017 Essence Festival at Civic Theatre on June 30, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Netflix)

Premiere Of Netflix Original Film

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JUNE 30: DeRon Horton attends the Premiere of Netflix Original Film "Naked" At The 2017 Essence Festival at Civic Theatre on June 30, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Netflix)

Premiere Of Netflix Original Film

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JUNE 30: DeRon Horton attends the Premiere of Netflix Original Film "Naked" At The 2017 Essence Festival at Civic Theatre on June 30, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Netflix)

Premiere Of Netflix Original Film

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JUNE 30: DeRon Horton attends the Premiere of Netflix Original Film "Naked" At The 2017 Essence Festival at Civic Theatre on June 30, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Netflix)

Premiere Of Netflix Original Film

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JUNE 30: Marlon Wayans and Regina Hall attend the Premiere of Netflix Original Film "Naked" At The 2017 Essence Festival at Civic Theatre on June 30, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Netflix)

Premiere Of Netflix Original Film

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JUNE 30: Regina Hall attends the Premiere of Netflix Original Film "Naked" At The 2017 Essence Festival at Civic Theatre on June 30, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Netflix)

Premiere Of Netflix Original Film

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JUNE 30: JT Jackson, Loretta Devine, Marlon Wayans, Regina Hall and Dennis Haysbert attend the Premiere of Netflix Original Film "Naked" At The 2017 Essence Festival at Civic Theatre on June 30, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Netflix)

Premiere Of Netflix Original Film

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JUNE 30: Marque Richardson attends the Premiere of Netflix Original Film "Naked" At The 2017 Essence Festival at Civic Theatre on June 30, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Netflix)

Premiere Of Netflix Original Film

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JUNE 30: Marque Richardson attends the Premiere of Netflix Original Film "Naked" At The 2017 Essence Festival at Civic Theatre on June 30, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Netflix)

Premiere Of Netflix Original Film

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JUNE 30: Antoinette Robertson attends the Premiere of Netflix Original Film "Naked" At The 2017 Essence Festival at Civic Theatre on June 30, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Netflix)

Premiere Of Netflix Original Film

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JUNE 30: Antoinette Robertson attends the Premiere of Netflix Original Film "Naked" At The 2017 Essence Festival at Civic Theatre on June 30, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Netflix)

Premiere Of Netflix Original Film

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JUNE 30: Antoinette Robertson attends the Premiere of Netflix Original Film "Naked" At The 2017 Essence Festival at Civic Theatre on June 30, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Netflix)

Premiere Of Netflix Original Film

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JUNE 30: Logan Browning attends the Premiere of Netflix Original Film "Naked" At The 2017 Essence Festival at Civic Theatre on June 30, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Netflix)

Premiere Of Netflix Original Film

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JUNE 30: Logan Browning attends the Premiere of Netflix Original Film "Naked" At The 2017 Essence Festival at Civic Theatre on June 30, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Netflix)

Premiere Of Netflix Original Film

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JUNE 30: Logan Browning attends the Premiere of Netflix Original Film "Naked" At The 2017 Essence Festival at Civic Theatre on June 30, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Netflix)

Premiere Of Netflix Original Film

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JUNE 30: Logan Browning attends the Premiere of Netflix Original Film "Naked" At The 2017 Essence Festival at Civic Theatre on June 30, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Netflix)

Premiere Of Netflix Original Film

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JUNE 30: Brandon P. Bell attends the Premiere of Netflix Original Film "Naked" At The 2017 Essence Festival at Civic Theatre on June 30, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Netflix)

Premiere Of Netflix Original Film

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JUNE 30: Ashley Blaine Featherson attends the Premiere of Netflix Original Film "Naked" At The 2017 Essence Festival at Civic Theatre on June 30, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Netflix)

Premiere Of Netflix Original Film

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JUNE 30: Dennis Haysbert poses for a selfie with fans at the Premiere of Netflix Original Film "Naked" At The 2017 Essence Festival at Civic Theatre on June 30, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Netflix)

Premiere Of Netflix Original Film

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JUNE 30: JT Jackson poses for a selfie with fans at the Premiere of Netflix Original Film "Naked" At The 2017 Essence Festival at Civic Theatre on June 30, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Netflix)

Premiere Of Netflix Original Film

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JUNE 30: DeRon Horton, Logan Browning and Ashley Blaine Featherson of Dear White People pose in the photobooth at the Premiere of Netflix Original Film "Naked" At The 2017 Essence Festival at Civic Theatre on June 30, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Netflix)

Premiere Of Netflix Original Film

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JUNE 30: Director Michael Tiddes (L) poses with Racheline Beveniste (R) and guest at the Premiere of Netflix Original Film "Naked" At The 2017 Essence Festival at Civic Theatre on June 30, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Netflix)

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