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Charlie Wilson brought down the 20th Essence Festival stage at the Superdome in New Orleans. Singing crowd favorites like “You Dropped the Bomb,” “Charlie, Last Name Wilson” and many more, he was as entertained as his fans were as he and his dancers danced on stage in their sequin outfits. Check out more of Wilson…

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August Alsina performed at the 20th Essence Festival 2014 in his hometown of New Orleans. Performing his hits like “I Love It,” “You Deserve” and “Kissing on my Tattoos,” he had the audience in a frenzy as they sang along with him. Check out more photos of Alsina in the gallery. –joi pearson @joiapearson Photos by…

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Elle Varner performed in the Verizon Wireless room during the 20th Essence Festival. Singing crowd favorites like her hit “Refill,” “Only Wanna Give It to You” and many more crowd hits, she sat down with her guitar and got real up close and personal about her journey in the music industry. Check out more photos of…

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The Rev. Al Sharpton was honored on Sunday, July 6 during the Essence Festival with the Icon Award. Rev. Sharpton was surprised in front of a packed house at the Superdome in New Orleans with the award acknowledging his service as one of America’s greatest civil rights heroes. The Icon Award was presented during a touching tribute…

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This past weekend during the Essence Festival in New Orleans, bloggers Jessica Andrews of GlamazonsBlog.com, Christina Brown of LoveBrownSugar.com and Lexi Felder of LexiWithTheCurls.com celebrated their second annual #NOLACrawl with an exclusive Style Suite presented by Ford and sponsored by Beautiful Textures. Taking place Saturday, July 5, at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, the event was…

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Mc Donald’s 365 Black Awards Show was held this past weekend during the 20th Essence Festival in New Orleans. The golden carpet was hosted by TV personality Janelle Snowden. This star-studded event featured performances and celebrities in honor of the outstanding individuals who make valuable contributions to the African American community. Hosted by Terrence Jenkins, who looked…

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If you missed Essence Fest 2014 in New Orleans this past weekend, you missed a whole lot. Tons of stars, fans and brands flocked to the  annual music festival for a week of fun, music, and of course, celebrity sightings. If you were lucky, you took a photo with Lionel Richie or snapped photos of sexy actors like Laz Alonso…

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Actors Laz Alonso, Boris Kodje, Nicole Ari Parker and entrepreneur Angela Simmons joined the Marriott International throughout the Essence Festival, and invited festival attendees to “Be You, With Us” to explore epic travel experiences. As a global hospitality leader, Marriott’s “Be You, With Us” campaign exemplifies their commitment to making everyone feel comfortable being who they…

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Tamar Braxton hit the stage at the 20th Essence Festival and owned every minute of her performance. Playing crowd favorites off of her Love and War album, her Tamartians sang along as she danced on stage. Wearing her famous long blonde curls and a sexy red leotard, Braxton took over. Check out more photos in the…

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In honor of the 20th anniversary of the Essence festival, Ford presented Essence Communications with a $20,000 check to donate to a community organization of their choice. Ford was the exclusive automotive sponsor at this past weekend’s festival. The  Essence Festival is Essence’s efforts to give back to families and women.

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