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2017 Essence Festival - Day 2

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Over 40 acts will appear on the 5 platforms to perform at this year’s Essence Music Festival. “In 2018 women are at the forefront of a seismic shift reverberating across the cultural landscape,” said Essence Communications president Michelle Ebanks. For 23 years the Essence Music Festival has brought a show and a positive message for African American Women of all shapes, colors, sizes and types. The Essence Fest will kick off Thursday July 5th and conclude Sunday July 8th!  Here is a complete list of the line up you’ve been dying to know:


Janet Jackson - Unbreakable World Tour

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Janet Jackson

Mary J Blige performs at the 2015 Essence Festival

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Mary J. Blige

The Meadows Music & Arts Festival - Day 2

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Erykah Badu 

A+E Networks TCA Summer 2017

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Jill Scott

2017 BET Awards - Press Room

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2016 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards - Red Carpet Arrivals

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Kevin Ross

Women's Empowerment Performers

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Teddy Riley and more! 


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