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It’s that time of year again! The 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival will roll into New Orleans this summer, just days after the 4th of July. Wondering who you can expect to see?

Aretha Franklin
Mary J. Blige
Keyshia Cole
Vivian Green
Bridget Kelly
Dru Hill
Charlie Wilson
Stephanie Mills
Raheem DeVaughn
Kindred the Family Soul
Luke James
Eric Roberson
The Stylistics
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.

The weekend will culminate on Sunday with an All-star Gospel tribute honoring gospel stars Fred Hammond and Mary Mary.

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