Essence Festival Highlights: July 4

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  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Janelle Monae performs during the 2014 Essence Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La., on Friday, July 4, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Janelle Monae performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Friday, July 4, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- The crowd gathers around the main stage during the 2014 Essence Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La., on Friday, July 4, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- From left, Risa Hall, Kristen Walker and Shenita Outland dance during the 2014 Essence Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La., on Friday, July 4, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Janelle Monae performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Friday, July 4, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Janelle Monae performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Friday, July 4, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Janelle Monae performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Friday, July 4, 2014.

  • New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu attends the 2014 Essence Music Festival Concert - Day 2 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on Friday, July 4, 2014, in New Orleans. (Photo by Donald Traill/Invision/AP) ORG XMIT: LADT101

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH --Nephew Tommy, the host of the 2014 ESSENCE Festival, pumps up the crowd at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Friday, July 4, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Janelle Monae performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Friday, July 4, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Janelle Monae performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Friday, July 4, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Janelle Monae performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Friday, July 4, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Janelle Monae performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Friday, July 4, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Janelle Monae performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Friday, July 4, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Janelle Monae performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Friday, July 4, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Janelle Monae performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Friday, July 4, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Janelle Monae performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Friday, July 4, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Janelle Monae performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Friday, July 4, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Janelle Monae kisses Nile Rodgers on the cheek during his performance at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Friday, July 4, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Bailey Flores, Meredith Richaedson, Delisha Ford, and Diana Carter dance during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Friday, July 4, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Nile Rodgers performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Friday, July 4, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Nile Rodgers performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Friday, July 4, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Pamela Jordan sings and dances during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Friday, July 4, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Prince plays a song with Nile Rodgers during his performance at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Friday, July 4, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Tamika Bolden and Gary Millender sing and dance during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Friday, July 4, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Nile Rodgers invites the crowd on stage to dance during his performance at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Friday, July 4, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Nile Rodgers invites the crowd on stage to dance during his performance at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Friday, July 4, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Marlo David dances during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Friday, July 4, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Christine Washington, Jermaine Reed and John Mitchell sing and dance during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Friday, July 4, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- The crowd dances as Prince performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Friday, July 4, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Queen Reefie Harrison-Nelson dresses in purple for the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Friday, July 4, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Prince performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Friday, July 4, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Prince performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Friday, July 4, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Prince performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Friday, July 4, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Prince performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Friday, July 4, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Prince performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Friday, July 4, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Prince performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Friday, July 4, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Prince performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Friday, July 4, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Prince performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Friday, July 4, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Prince performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Friday, July 4, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Prince performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Friday, July 4, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Prince performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Friday, July 4, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Prince performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Friday, July 4, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Prince performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Friday, July 4, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Prince performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Friday, July 4, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Prince performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Friday, July 4, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Prince performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Friday, July 4, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Prince performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Friday, July 4, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Prince performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Friday, July 4, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Prince performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Friday, July 4, 2014.