Essence Festival Highlights: July 5

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  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- A crowd gathers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for the during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, La. Saturday, July 5, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- A crowd gathers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for the during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, La. Saturday, July 5, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH --Big Sam's Funky performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Saturday, July 5, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH --Big Sam's Funky performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Saturday, July 5, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH --Big Sam's Funky performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Saturday, July 5, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH --Big Sam's Funky performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Saturday, July 5, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH --Big Sam's Funky performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Saturday, July 5, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Ledisi performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Saturday, July 5, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Ledisi performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Saturday, July 5, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Katina Campbal dances during Ledisi's performs at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Saturday, July 5, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Selika Stackhouse Sampson dances during Ledisi's performs at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Saturday, July 5, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Ledisi performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Saturday, July 5, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Ledisi performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Saturday, July 5, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Ledisi performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Saturday, July 5, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Ledisi performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Saturday, July 5, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Ledisi performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Saturday, July 5, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Yvonne Mitchell and Erica Lewis take a selfie in front of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome before going to the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, La. Saturday, July 5, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Ledisi performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Saturday, July 5, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Ledisi performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Saturday, July 5, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Ledisi performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Saturday, July 5, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Ledisi performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Saturday, July 5, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH --The Roots perform during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Saturday, July 5, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH --The Roots perform during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Saturday, July 5, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH --The Roots perform during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Saturday, July 5, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH --The Roots perform during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Saturday, July 5, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH --The Roots perform during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Saturday, July 5, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH --The Roots perform during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Saturday, July 5, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH --The Roots perform during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Saturday, July 5, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH --The Roots perform during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Saturday, July 5, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH --Common, left, performs with The Roots during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Saturday, July 5, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH --Common, left, performs with The Roots during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Saturday, July 5, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH --Common

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH --The Roots perform during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Saturday, July 5, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH --The Roots perform during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Saturday, July 5, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Jill Scott performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Saturday, July 5, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Jill Scott performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Saturday, July 5, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Jill Scott performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Saturday, July 5, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Jill Scott performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Saturday, July 5, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Jill Scott performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Saturday, July 5, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Jill Scott performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Saturday, July 5, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Jill Scott performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Saturday, July 5, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Jill Scott performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Saturday, July 5, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Jill Scott performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Saturday, July 5, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Mary J. Blige enters the stage during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Saturday, July 5, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Mary J. Blige performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Saturday, July 5, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Mary J. Blige performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Saturday, July 5, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Mary J. Blige performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Saturday, July 5, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Mary J. Blige performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Saturday, July 5, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Mary J. Blige performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Saturday, July 5, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Mary J. Blige performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Saturday, July 5, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- New Orleans Mayor, Mitch Landrieu dances during Mary J. Blige performance at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Saturday, July 5, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Mary J. Blige performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Saturday, July 5, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Mary J. Blige performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Saturday, July 5, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Mary J. Blige performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Saturday, July 5, 2014.

  • Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Ledisi hair flies during her performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Saturday, July 5, 2014.