Every year, more than 400,000 people come together to attend the Essence Festival known as the official “Party with a purpose” to celebrate African American culture with four incredible days of music, empowerment, community, and entertainment. From the motivational and brilliant keynote speakers to the inspirational performances, the Essence Fest definitely filled people’s Fourth of July with a fun, great experience. This year’s line up filled with favorite artists such as John Legend, India. Arie and headliner Diana Ross on friday night; Mary J.Blige, Chaka Khan, Jill Scott, Jazmine Sullivan, Remy Ma on Saturday; and on Sunday, Chance The Rapper, Solange, Xscape, Chloe x Halle and many other artists. Here are some incredible highlights from this past week:


John Legend performing on the MainStage


John Legend performed on Friday night leading with “Used to Love U” transitioning into “Tonight.” While his spirit and energy  never once faltered, the crowd sang along to every word and screamed as he ends with “Love Me Now.”







Singer/songwriter and Grammy Award Winner, Diana Ross, is a music legend among all of the incredible talent this past weekend. She brings throwback vibes with top hits from “Upside Down” and “Touch Me In The Morning” to “Its My House” and “Stop! In The Name of Love.”








Strength of A Woman” was the theme of Mary J. Blige’s show on Saturday night, along with several other female artists such as Chaka Khan, Jill Scott, Jazmine Sullivan, and Monica. Inspired by her most recent album, MJB leads the performance in an empowering and emotional message for women to always remember these five things when it comes to dealing with the ups and downs of love. She then sings her top hits “No More Drama,” and “Not Gon’ Cry“. In recent events of her estranged husband’s infidelities, her fans were very supportive and happy to see their queen of Hip-Hop/Soul back!





The R&B group Xscape had made a comeback from their 15-year hiatus at the Essence Festival Day Three. Members of Xscape included Tameka “Tiny” Harris, Tameka Scott, Kandi Burrruss and LaTocha where they delivered some of their best hits from 20 years ago. From “Do You Want To,” and “Keep on Keepin’ On” to “Who Can I Run To” and DJ Luke Nasty’s “Might Be (Remix),” the crowd absolutely went crazy and shut the Essence SuperLounge down.



Known for her amazing album, Seat At The Table, Solange Knowles performed on Day 3 (July 2) with an all male-brass band, an all women dance group, and a red-light aesthetic that had the crowd vibin’ the whole night. Solange opened with “Weary” then transitioning to “Don’t You Want.” She also sang fan favs “Cranes in The Sky” and the infamous “Don’t Touch My Hair.” She was absolutely incredible! I may have not been there physically but twitter made it possible.






Last but not least, Chance The Rapper! The kind-hearted and loving guy that he is invited his hearing impaired fans to attend his show on day three for free and made a definite impact among the crowd at the end of the night. With full force of energy and spirit, he ends the festivals with his popular hits like No Problems, Same Drugs, Blessings and many other fan favorite singles.


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