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The road to Essence Festival (presented by Coca-Cola in partnership with Wal-Mart) kicked off in Bentonville, AR, where stars like Chrisette Michele, Chante Moore and MC Lyte gathered to offer the public a fun-filled day of live music, cool giveaways and more.  “It’s really important for us to come into our communities and show love. It’s important to give back where you came from,” Chrisette Michele said from backstage before her breathtaking performance.

Must Read: 5 Reasons You Should Attend The 2014 Essence Festival

And don’t worry, in case you’re like me and couldn’t make it to Bentonville, you can still catch new “R&B Diva: L.A.” cast member, Chrisette Michele and”R&B Diva,” Chante Moore at the WalMart booth at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans this year and hear some of their greatest hits!

This year’s Essence Fest boasts Jill Scott, Elle Varner, Erykah Badu, Mary J. Blige, Prince and more! If that’s not enough to get you down in to the bayou, we don’t know what is!

We can’t wait! Hope to see you there!

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Check Out This Gallery Of 2014 Essence Music Festival Performers:

2014 Essence Festival Line-Up [PHOTOS]
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