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2007 Essence Music Festival

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Louisiana Superdome

Thursday, July 5

Main Stage

7:30 p.m. Opening Ceremony

7:35 p.m. McDonald's Gospel Tribute featuring Smokie Norful, Vanessa Bell Armstrong

8:40 p.m. Ciara

9:20 p.m. Ludacris

10:15 p.m. Barack Obama

10:30 p.m. Isley Brothers feat. Ronald Isley

11:50 p.m. The O'Jays & LeVert with special guests Keith Sweat & Johnny Gill

Chevy Superlounge

8:15 p.m. Pieces of a Dream

9:45 p.m. & 11:15 p.m. Rachelle Ferrell

McDonald's Superlounge

8 p.m. Rahsaan Patterson

9:30 p.m. & 11 p.m. Kenny Lattimore & ChantŽ Moore

Coca-Cola Superlounge

8:15 p.m. Jermaine Paul

9:45 p.m. & 11:15 p.m. Ruben Studdard

Budweiser Superlounge

8 p.m. Roi Anthony & Legit, Cupid

9:30 p.m. & 11 p.m. Kindred

Friday, July 6

Main Stage

7:40 p.m. Robin Thicke

8:40 p.m. Steve Harvey

9 p.m. Chris Brown

10:15 p.m. Steve Harvey

10:35 p.m. BeyoncŽ

Chevy Superlounge

8:15 p.m. Nuttin' But Stringz

9:45 p.m. & 11:15 p.m. Slum Village

McDonald's Superlounge

8 p.m. Elisabeth Withers

9:30 p.m. & 11 p.m. Najee

Coca-Cola Superlounge

8:15 p.m. Rahsaan Patterson

9:45 p.m. & 11:15 p.m. Kenny Lattimore & ChantŽ Moore

Budweiser Superlounge

8 p.m. Anthony David

9:30 p.m. & 11 p.m. Mint Condition

Saturday, July 7

Main Stage

7:30 p.m. Kelly Rowland

8:10 p.m. Ne-Yo

9:10 p.m. Lionel Richie

10:35 p.m. Mary J. Blige

Midnight Maze feat. Frankie Beverly

Chevy Superlounge

8:15 p.m. Rebirth Brass Band

9:45 p.m. & 11:15 p.m. Lyfe Jennings

McDonald's Superlounge

8 p.m. Sunshine Anderson with special guest Solange Knowles

9:30 p.m. & 11 p.m. Angie Stone

Coca-Cola Superlounge

8:15 p.m. MC Lyte

9:45 p.m. & 11:15 p.m. Common

Budweiser Superlounge

8 p.m. Nuttin' But Stringz

9:30 p.m. & 11 p.m. Chuck D & Public Enemy

Schedule subject to change.

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

Daytime events including Empowerment Seminars, the Essence Marketplace and sponsor activities take place in Halls D, E and F of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. All of the Festival's Convention Center activities are free and open to the public.

Thursday, July 5

Speakers and book signings include Mayor C. Ray Nagin, Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu, Marc Morial, Iyanla Vanzant, Michael Eric Dyson

Dr. Juanita Bynum, Bishop Eddie Long, Susan L. Taylor, Angela Burt-Murray, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Frankie Lane and others.

Friday, July 6

Speakers and book signings include Eddie LeVert, Rev. Deborah Johnson, Terrie Williams, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Iyanla Vanzant, Victoria Rowell, George Frasier, Dr. Joy Leary, Michael Eric Dyson, Sunni Patterson, Michaela Angela Davis, Dr. Cornel West, MC Lyte, Sen. Diane Bajoie, Devynity, Mo'Nique and others.

Saturday, July 7

Speakers and book signings include U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, Tyler Perry, Chuck D, Dr. Sandra Baxter, Kenny Rushing, Hill Harper, Byron Hurt, Ed Lewis, Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu, David Johns, Michael Eric Dyson, Dr. Debra Morton, Myra J., Mother Tongue, Vince Morelli, Sandra Hester and others.

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