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Lionel Richie, Mary J. Blige and Erykah Badu Added to ESSENCE Festival

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According to Essence.com, The ESSENCE Festival has added new talent to their increasing lineup. Lionel Richie, Mary J. Blige and Erykah Badu will join previously announced headliner, Prince in the upcoming ESSENCE Festival.

Main Stage performances this Fourth of July weekend will also include Jill Scott, Ledisi and Charlie Wilson. The Superlounges will see electrifying performances from Sevyn Streeter, Marsha Ambrosius, King, 112, Sebastian Mikael, Naughty by Nature, Doug E. Fresh, Stephanie Mills, PJ Morton, Eve, Robert Glasper, Amel Larrieux, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Raheem Davaugh, Kourtney Heart, Elle Varner, Leela James, Liv Warfield, The Original Pinettes Brass Band and more to be announced.

The 2014 ESSENCE Festival will be begin on July 3rd and will wrap up on July 6th in New Orleans.

The ESSENCE Festival is a celebration of black music and culture, which has been held every Independence Day weekend since 1995, when it marked the 25th anniversary of Essence magazine. It is the largest event celebrating African-American culture and music in the United States.


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