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2009 Essence Music Festival 

Friday, July 3

Main Stage


John Legend



DJ Soul Sister


Eric Benet

Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings


Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars

Keri Hilson

Marva Wright

Big Sam's Funky Nation

Preservation Hall Jazz Band Revue


DJ Captain Charles

DJ Jubilee

DJ Dynamite Dave Soul

DJ EF Cuttin




Saturday, July 4

Main stage


Anita Baker

Robin Thicke

Charlie Wilson

Jazmine Sullivan

DJ Soul Sister



Janelle Monae

Zap Mama

Irvin Mayfield

Dan Dyer

Little Freddie King

DJ Captain Charles

DJ Jubilee

DJ Dynamite Dave Soul

DJ EF Cuttin




Sunday, July 5

Main stage

Maze featuring Frankie Beverly

Lionel Richie

Al Green

Teena Marie

En Vogue

DJ Soul Sister


Raphael Saadiq

Lalah Hathaway

Melanie Fiona

Ryan Leslie

Blind Boys of Alabama

The Knux

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue

Dan Dyer

Rebirth Brass Band

DJ Captain Charles

DJ Jubilee

DJ Dynamite Dave Soul

DJ EF Cuttin





Essence Empowerment Seminars

The series is free and open to the public. They are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday-Sunday at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 300 Convention Center Blvd., Hall C.

Friday, July 3

Dr. Juanita Bynum

Marvelyn Brown


Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook

Lisa Wu Hartwell

Steve Harvey

Dr. Clifton Hawkes

Dr. Hilda Hutcherson

NeNe Leakes

Finesse Mitchell

Holly Robinson Peete

Sharon Quinn

Donna Richardson-Joyner

Omarosa Manigault Stallworth

Celeste Watkins-Hayes

Malinda Williams

Phill Wilson

Malik Yoba




Saturday, July 4

Roland Martin

Donna Brazile

Malaak Compton-Rock

Bill Cosby

Dr. Robert Michael Franklin

George C. Fraser

Carla Harris

Ed Gordon

Tom Joyner

Monique Greenwood

Ben Jealous

Calvin Mackie, Ph.D.

Donnie McClurkin

Judge Penny Brown Reynolds

Rev. Al Sharpton

Stephen Stoute

Dr. Beverly Tatum

Dr. Brenda Wade


Sunday, July 5

Bishop T.D. Jakes

Tyronne Foster and the Arc Singers

Kirk Franklin


The Mortons

Mayor C. Ray Nagin

Smokie Norful

CeCe Winans

Marvin Sapp

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