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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

Fantasia

Keyshia Cole

Ledisi

Estelle

Goapele

SWV

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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