Photos: Stars shine, fans get ‘funky’ at Essence Festival

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Hundreds of thousands of people flooded New Orleans over the Independence Day holiday weekend for the 2016 Essence Festival.  The festival, which is held annually, holds a series of workshops and concerts; something for everyone to enjoy.  It was star-studded event this year with appearances from Puff Daddy, Lil’ Kim, French Montana, Mariah Carey, Morris Chestnut, stars from the hit show “Empire,” and “THE QUEEN of media,” Oprah Winfrey.  Organizers say it was one of the best festivals to date.

We captured some of the highlights from the festival.

[Photo credit: Bobby Hall Photography]