Mary J. Blige
Kindred the Family Soul
Big Sam’s Funky Nation
The Original Pinettes Brass Band
The Stooges Brass Band
Khris Royal & Dark Matter
ESSENCE will honor iconic singer Aretha Franklin with “The Power Award.”
In addition, festival-goers will experience three full days (July 6-8) of socio-political dialogue, health and wellness discussions and spiritual inspiration with speakers, authors and leaders including Steve Harvey, Rev. Al Sharpton, Rep. Maxine Waters and Dr. Steve Perry.
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These Are What Beautiful Black Bodies Look Like...
1. Beautiful Black Bodies
Black women come in all shapes, builds and skin tones. We take pride in our curves, six packs and svelte silhouettes. Let's just say, we keep it fierce at all times! In celebrations of our gorgeous, scroll through this gallery of stunning Black celebs showing off their fabulous figures.