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Mary J. Blige, Trey Songz & New Edition Close Out Day 3 Of The ESSENCE FEST Mainstage, Celebs Kick It In VIP

The folks over at ESSENCE ended a very successful weekend in New Orleans for the ESSENCE Music Fest with New Edition, Trey Songz and Mary J. Blige taking the stage for the final night.  See pics of other  celebs in attendance inside....

Mary J. Blige helped close out Day 3 of The ESSENCE Music Fest taking fans through a medley of hit songs and old school dance moves.

Alright Mary.  Loving the change up in stage outfits.


 

Chick had the DOme on lock.  She closed out with "Be Without You" and had the crowd sing "I'm Going Down" to HER.  Sweet!

 

Earlier in the evening.....

 

Trey Songz hit the main stage.

 


 

Trey currently has a hit on the charts with Lupe Fiasco called "Out Of My Head."

R&B crooner Kem was also a big hit on the main stage.


 

Essence head honchos Constance White and Emil Wilbekin posed together in the lounge.

 

Anthony Mackie was seen enjoying Day 3 festivities.  


 

 

Doug E. Fresh kept the party people moving in the lounges.


 

George Clinton and his band brought their essence to the fest complete with feathers and colorful coats.  And he's finally showing his full face.

 

Also....the main stage suffered an NE heartbreak.....


 


 

The fellas' precision and dance moves are still on point.  Once Boby made his "entrance," all 6 members killed it.

Nice to see these guys can still entertain a crowd and are getting along.


 

Kelly Price was saaangin' in the super lounge.  Stokley Williams hopped on stage to sing a duet with her.


 

MC Lyte was spotted rocking the mic.


 

Nene Leakes posed with Jennifer Williams who was spotted with her new boo at the fest.


 

Nene also posed with Pebbles and Marjorie Harvey.

Jen and Shaunie looked fab in their photo together.

Steve Harvey was the MC on the main stage and he kept the crowd laughing. 


 

Steve Stoute was chilling in one of the lounges.


 

Tameka Raymond kicked it with LeToya Luckett backstage.

Then with Jen and Shaunie.

 

And Tika Sumpter posed in this eye-popping hot pink number while in the lounge with Emil.  Cute!

And Essence Communications president Michelle Ebanks posed with her friends and Tameka Foster.

Fab times.  Stay tuned for or full out Essence wrap-up post!

 

Photos via WireImage/Nunez

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I was there and the show was

I was there and the show was great. I didn't find Trey's show too sexual.
InTreyGued's picture

WOW! this show was

WOW! this show was fab...ok!!! Loved mary's boots! Trey has to get a little more stage presence( its not all about the nasty talk) Kem's jeans were too tight! Dougie has not aged, he looks FAB! George Clinton is still crazy!! LOL New Edition looked great, who would have thought Ronnie would have a bald head and Ralph has gained some weight!!! Johnny still think he the man, LOL KELLI PRICE LOOKS FREAKING FANTASTIC! NeNe likes Jen..cool..and I love NeNe 's jumper HOT! Peebles has gained some...WOW..never thought I would see her with weight on..she looks like them yellow chicks that age in the "hood"...Shaunie and Jen looks cute...DO THAT Tameka Raymond..she looks good cuzin..Fab! Latoya looks cute too. Tika Sumpter looks nice in the pink.. Oh BTW..Bye MC Lyte LOL
Mi Mi's picture

I was at Essence this year

I was at Essence this year and saw a lot of these ladies there and I must say they all look even more beautiful in person, pics do not do them justice, especially Tika, she was gorgeous!!! I went to every concert & they were all great, expecially Kanye and New Edition!. I had a wonderful time with my black people. I didn't think it was at all "ghetto" All the women I saw were dressed appropriately. And those I saw with something short or tight on did it with class! Black people need to stop putting each other down! The men were gentlemen and the women were not at all catty. Everyone just seemed to have a great time & if you didn't, you are the one with the problem! I am ready for next year.
Anonymous's picture

Love Tika's dress. And the

Love Tika's dress. And the X-MRS.RAYMOND needs to stop jumping in other people's pics randomly. Make's her look aaaawwwwkkkward!
lucypearl!@#!'s picture

i just saw trey songz in his

i just saw trey songz in his boxers at http://kelsnetwork.blogspot.com/ he looks so hot!!!
jane's picture

i just saw trey songz in his

i just saw trey songz in his boxers at http://kelsnetwork.blogspot.com/ he looks so hot!!!
jane's picture

I was at concert. Mary and

I was at concert. Mary and New Edition killed the stage.
Anonymous's picture

I was @ concert and New

I was @ concert and New Edition and Mary killed it. I loved it.
Smooch2324's picture

NICE PICS YBF, I ALMOST FEEL

NICE PICS YBF, I ALMOST FEEL LIKE I WAS THERE, KOOL STUFF, THANKS!
Mi Mi's picture

Jennifer Williams looks like

Jennifer Williams looks like she is wearing a table cloth. This was the Essence fest honey... you were suppose to bring your A-Game. And Shaunie's shoes look cheap and tired. Girl you should have known better! Both of yall need yall ass whooped for playing like that.
LoveBScott's picture

Why does Bobby Brown look so

Why does Bobby Brown look so much older than the rest of his group members? Oh i know... it's the years of drugs and alcohol. He looks like their father. A MESS! And why is Tameka Raymond still using Usher's last name? Girl yall been divorced for years. MOVE ON ALREADY! She even still uses the name in her twitter handle. Trey Songz just makes me moist! The things I would do to him. Mc Lyte needs to drop this awful ass hairdo she's been sporting lately. It's making her look much older and very lesbo-ish . I'm loving Mary J Blige's outfit and boots, but that mop on her head has to go. What happened to the Mary J Blige in the 90's that use to always be DONE from head to toe? She always gave you fashion and sick hair styles. She needs to find a new hair-stylist immediately!
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Anonymous's picture

Mary's performance was

Mary's performance was great!!! So was New Edition!!! But that Trey Songz needs to get over himself and get back to guy he was when he "Just gotta make it"!!!!!
Anonymous's picture

NeNe and Jennifer Williams

NeNe and Jennifer Williams looks like Sisters with those Ugly Ass Changed Noses!
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Anonymous's picture

I was there last and I swear,

I was there last and I swear, I dont even remember sitting down because I was dancing so much! Kem, Trey, New Edition, AND MJB rocked the house!!!
Gabrielle's picture

I was there last and I swear,

I was there last and I swear, I dont even remember sitting down because I was dancing so much! Kem, Trey, New Edition, AND MJB rocked the house!!!
Gabrielle's picture

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susankqqa12's picture

So, Frankie Beverly & Maze

So, Frankie Beverly & Maze didn't close out the show this year? Im mad I missed it but if Frankie Beverly & Maze didn't close, I may not have missed much. I love Mary, but she's not FB & Maze!
Adrienne Johnson's picture

why do we allow Trey Songs to

why do we allow Trey Songs to sing live? I have been to two Essence Music Festical ( not this years) and MJB was there.. I intend on going next year .. I really would prefer no to see her again ...
kntmusiclover 's picture

Tameka Foster or raymond

Tameka Foster or raymond whatever looks really good. I was at the fest and was surprised and turned on by her smile. She is stunning, Tika Sumpter is drop dead gorgeous too, the Essence fest had some bad ass women there, I took a pic with Selita the model and Pebbles too. The women were fine, pictures do no justice to them. Just beautiful all of them. Im going back every years.
William 's picture

Love Mary but her attire was

Love Mary but her attire was not the business for her. The boots were fire though.
Anonymous's picture

TREY LOOKS SEXY BUT HE NEEDS

TREY LOOKS SEXY BUT HE NEEDS TO CUT HIS HAIR I HOPE HE DONT GROW IT BACK OUT
AMBRIELLE's picture

I would have loved to have

I would have loved to have seen New Edition. I'm so glad Bobby could be a part of them again. ...What happened to George Clinton? Is he sick or something, he looks different.
Lisa's picture

George Clinton had been

George Clinton had been hospitalized with some kind of staph infection. I am glad he is out and doing better! I love P-Funk!!
Leslie's picture

Okay thank you for letting me

Okay thank you for letting me know, I am really glad he made it through that.
Lisa's picture

Loved Mary's boots! I am

Loved Mary's boots! I am shicked that Trey Songz has clothes on....LOL perhaps he's learning! :-) KEM is very good. And no my main man GEROGE CLINTON was not there...LOL! P-FUNK4LIFE!!
Anonymous's picture

nope! i was there last night

nope! i was there last night he took his shirt off two songs before he left the stage lmao
sonya's picture

nope! i was there last night

nope! i was there last night he took his shirt off two songs before he left the stage lmao
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nope! i was there last night

nope! i was there last night he took his shirt off two songs before he left the stage lmao
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nope! i was there last night

nope! i was there last night he took his shirt off two songs before he left the stage lmao
sonyq's picture

nope! i was there last night

nope! i was there last night he took his shirt off two songs before he left the stage lmao
sonyq's picture

nope! i was there last night

nope! i was there last night he took his shirt off two songs before he left the stage lmao
sonyq's picture

I will so be at Essence Fest

I will so be at Essence Fest next year !! I love MJB !!! All the women look great !!! Tika has the greatest skin ever..classic beauty!!
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Anonymous's picture

Damn Tameka Foster!!! She is

Damn Tameka Foster!!! She is always in a picture and usual don't look worth a Damn, What's up with that... Her clothing choices are not IT ....Try Try Try again Ms. Foster
Anonymous's picture

I Agree, you sound real

I Agree, you sound real jealous. She looks hawt. Tamika has always looked pretty good to me. People didnt like her cause of the guy she married. He is not hot to me so now what? Opinions are like a**holes so what? We should keep them to ourselves.
Beverly's picture

Ms. Foster was beautiful, I

Ms. Foster was beautiful, I was in New Orleans and saw her with some ladies. They looked like they were her aunts or cousins, she is pretty in person!!! I didn't see her this on day but yea she's shocking pretty in person. She was nice too. You're one o those haters that prolly love her ex man. Lmbo. She's pretty. Nice try
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Ms. Foster was beautiful, I

Ms. Foster was beautiful, I was in New Orleans and saw her with some ladies. They looked like they were her aunts or cousins, she is pretty in person!!! I didn't see her this on day but yea she's shocking pretty in person. She was nice too. You're one o those haters that prolly love her ex man. Lmbo. She's pretty. Nice try
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Ms. Foster was beautiful, I

Ms. Foster was beautiful, I was in New Orleans and saw her with some ladies. They looked like they were her aunts or cousins, she is pretty in person!!! I didn't see her this on day but yea she's shocking pretty in person. She was nice too. You're one o those haters that prolly love her ex man. Lmbo. She's pretty. Nice try
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Ms. Foster was beautiful, I

Ms. Foster was beautiful, I was in New Orleans and saw her with some ladies. They looked like they were her aunts or cousins, she is pretty in person!!! I didn't see her this on day but yea she's shocking pretty in person. She was nice too. You're one o those haters that prolly love her ex man. Lmbo. She's pretty. Nice try
Kierra's picture

BISH STOP LYING!!..Tameka

BISH STOP LYING!!..Tameka looks TOW-UP...Her Makeup is Ugly and her Outfit is Cheap looking with Zero Taste!
That's Right  's picture

actually she's not lying. i

actually she's not lying. i saw tameka in vegas and she's very pretty in person. her pictures rarely do her justice. not everyone is photogenic.
whogoncheckmeboo's picture

If u decide to attend next

If u decide to attend next year, make sure u know someone who can get u into the celeb parties. If not, you'll be with the super ghetto crowd. I mean ghetto, so don't think ur going to get into these type of parties easily. U also have to look real good, cause competition is fierce. There are thousands more women there then men. Men can come up very easily, but don't go looking for men-there won't be very many. Just go to enjoy the concerts and hang with ur BFFs; it'll be fun!
JR Jade's picture

It sounds like you thought

It sounds like you thought you looked good until you went to Essence Music Fest this weekend. Girl, don't let those women intimidate you. I was so sick of looking at those short shorts and tight dresses. Yes, there are alot of parties in the city of New Orleans during that time. But as far as going to the "celebrity parties", they are too costly. If you stick with the concerts and going to the Conference center, you will have a great time. Only go to Bourbon street during the day time or early evening. The ghetto locals & prostitutes also seem to enjoy the Bourbon street and Harrahs casino at night. *****Now the comment about the men is so true. It seemed like all the men came in large groups with the intentions of getting booty the whole weekend!! No husband material there!!*****
Anonymous's picture

I totally agree! My bffs and

I totally agree! My bffs and I go every year. Its our summer tradition. We dont go looking for men, just to have some good girl fun, enjoy the festival, the food, and maybe a party or 2.
Anonymous's picture

Um... As ghetto as the name

Um... As ghetto as the name is, its TIKA not TIKI. TIKI is the football player. That will be all.
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