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EUR Speaks with Kem, Lalah Hathaway & Dee-1 At 2015 Essence Festival (WATCH)

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*New Orleans, LA – The 2015 Essence Festival, held July 2nd -July 5th, is now in its 21st year of showcasing incredible musical talent by some of today’s most notable artists in the genres of R&B, hip-hop, neo-soul, soul, jazz, funk, and gospel.

This year’s festival had a record number of attendees, topping out at nearly 500,000!  Interspersed with empowerment seminars, information sessions, motivational speakers, lecture series, and daytime as well as nighttime performances, the festival (one of the largest in the country!) attracts people from all over the world as well.

Some of this year’s guest speakers included Iyanla Vanzant, Dr. Steve Perry, Deepak Chopra, Jussie Smollett and Donna Brazile just to name a few.  From politicians to exercise gurus, to reality show celebrities, and everyone in between, the 2015 Essence Festival had a multitude of offerings.

With major sponsors such as Verizon, Samsung, Coca-Cola, and McDonald’s, the Essence Festival is a multi-day fete comprised of musical entertainment, food, celebrity sightings, and festivities for all, not to mention the one-of-a-kind experience you get just from being in  New Orleans,  “The Big Easy.”

Some of the main stage performers this year included KEM, Usher, “Uncle” Charlie Wilson, Kendrick Lamar, Floetry, Common, Mary J. Blige, with Missy Elliott delivering  one of the most high-intensity and rousing performances ever seen at Essence!  Though her set came with technical/production snafus, Missy Elliott still conquered the stage.

As we said in the headline, EURweb had the opportunity to interview serenader KEM immediately after his set, as well as the talented Lalah Hathaway, and new Christian rap artist Dee-1 (a New Orleans native). Take a look below at the video and the many pics of the celebs that stopped by the PR room!

 

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Usher performing Saturday night at Essence Festival

"Uncle Charlie" Wilson
“Uncle Charlie” Wilson

Kelly Rowland
Kelly Rowland

Common
Common

Floetry
Floetry

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Keke Palmer

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India.Arie

KEM
KEM

Avery Sunshine
Avery Sunshine

Goapele
Goapele

Lalah Hathaway
Lalah Hathaway

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Lianne La Havas

Mystikal
Mystikal

Sevyn Streeter
Sevyn Streeter

Adrian Marcel
Adrian Marcel

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Trombone Shorty

Andy Allo
Andy Allo

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Brave Williams

Esperanza Spalding/ Emily's D+Evolution
Esperanza Spalding/ Emily’s D+Evolution

Elle Varner
Elle Varner

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Bilal

Rapper Dee-1
Rapper Dee-1

Doug E. Fresh
Doug E. Fresh

Kool Moe Dee
Kool Moe Dee

June Ambrose
June Ambrose

Photos/story by Madge Evans, Atlanta based EURweb Associate

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