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Essence Fest: 2019 Event Highlights


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Damis Idris (Snowfall)

Essence Festival was a party of radiant color and phenomenal performances in the most soulful town of New Orleans. See some of the best moments and electrifying highlights of the best weekend in black culture.

Joseph, Angela Lewis, Damson Idris, Michael Hyatt, snowfall

Before the party, "Snowfall" cast Amin Joseph, Angela Lewis, Damson Idris, Michael Hyatt, and writer Walter Mosley had a moment on the carpet.

Damson Idris, Snowfall

FX concluded its "Snowfall" Season 3 tour with a festive "NOLA-style" screening at the Joy Theater. A second line parade and brass band kept actors Damson Idris, Amin Joseph and Angela Lewis on their feet!

Raymond Santana, Korey Wise, Yusef Salaam, Essence Atkins

A few of the "Central Park 5" stopped by the party: Raymond Santana, Korey Wise and Yusef Salaam with "Ambitions" actress Essence Atkins.

Queen Sugar, Kofi Siriboe,Tina Lifford and Omar Dorsey

"Queen Sugar" stars Kofi Siriboe, Tina Lifford and Omar Dorsey (right)

Kofi Siriboe, Rutina Wesley, Nicholas Ashe, Bianca Lawson, ava duvernay

The "Queen Sugar" cast arrived looking lovely: Kofi Siriboe, Rutina Wesley, Nicholas Ashe, Bianca Lawson, show creator Ava DuVernay, Omar Dorsey, Tina Lifford, Dawn-Lyen Gardner and Tanyell Waivers

ambitions, Brely Evans, Brian White, Robin Givens, Kendrick Cross and Essence Atkins

"Ambitions" cast Brely Evans, Brian White, Robin Givens, Kendrick Cross and Essence Atkins

Greenleaf, Lynn Whitfield, Gayle King,,Ambitions, Essence Atkins

"Greenleaf" beauty Lynn Whitfield, Gayle King and "Ambitions" star Essence Atkins

Tina Perry, Gayle King

OWN ended the day with a lively "Summer of OWN" cocktail party at Legacy Kitchen featuring talent and executives. Attendees included OWN president Tina Perry and Gayle King (left)

ava duvernay, queen sugar

The cast of "Queen Sugar" and show creator Ava DuVernay (center) gather with reporters for a post-press conference group shot at the Loews Hotel in New Orleans on July 6, 2019.

fix my life, ivanla vanzant

"Fix My Life's" Iyanla Vanzant (center) joined the press conference media for a candid chat and, later, a group photo

Make sure to be there at next years Essence Festival 2020!


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