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EVENT FAB: Gabrielle Union, Iman, June Ambrose & More Hit The ESSENCE Upfront

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ESSENCE Magazine hosted their first ever UPFRONT in NYC yesterday with appearances from Marsha Ambrosius, Viola Davis, actress Gabrielle Union and legendary supermodel Iman. See the pics inside...

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Yesterday, ESSENCE Magazine hosted that first ever UPFRONT in New York City. The full day included a special performance by Grammy-nominated singer Marsha Ambrosius and appearances from Oscar-nominated actress Viola Davis (shown above with ESSENCE Editor-in-Chief Vanessa K. Bush) and actress Gabrielle Union, fashion activist Bethann Hardison, ESSENCE Editor-at-Large Mikki Taylor, legendary supermodel Iman and Afrobella.com Founder Patrice Yursik (shown atop).  

During the UPFRONT, the magazine revealed one of the major features of the 20th anniversary of Essence Fest is "The Vault" which will look back on previous years of the festivals with photo galleries, video clips, reader submitter photos, celebrity memories and more in a special anniversary section on Essencefestival.com.  It will also include original talent and line-up posters, concert photos, and interviews. The Vault will also be a feature on the revamped Essence Fest app.

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ESSENCE President Michelle Ebanks posed with "Being Mary Jane" star Gabrielle Union.

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Marsha Ambrosius entertained the audience with a medley of her hits including "Yes" and "Butterflies".

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Celebrity stylist June Ambrose added some style and flair to the walk and repeat.

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Essence.com Fashion Editor Celia Smith, celebrity stylist June Ambrose and ESSENCE Editor-at-Large Mikki Taylor and posed together.

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Danai Gurira, star of "The Walking Dead" looked fab in a blue and green printed dress from Clover Canyon’s Resort 2014 Collection.
 

 

 

 

Photos via Michael Rowe/ESSENCE/Diego Corredor/Picture Group

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