D.C. Stars at the 2011 Essence Music Festival

The 2011 Essence Music Festival was this weekend in New Orleans, bringing out some of D.C.'s biggest stars, including Trey Songz, Cathy Hughes, Valarie Jarrett and more.

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The 2011 Essence Music Festival was this weekend in New Orleans, bringing out some of D.C.'s biggest stars, including Trey Songz, Cathy Hughes, Valarie Jarrett and more.
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Lance Gross ("House of Payne;" "Our Family Wedding")
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Trey Songz -- born outside of Richmond (hey, he's almost a local -- performed at the BET Awards two weekends ago, and at the ESSENCE fest this past weekend. We're almost wondering what's up next.
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365Black.com is an endeavor by McDonald's: "We believe that African-American culture and achievement should be celebrated 365 days a year -- not just during Black History Month," the company says on its website.
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Lance and Gross served cocktails in the Belvedere Lounge to their celebrity friends including Jennifer Hudson, "Real Housewife"/"Apprentice" NeNe Leakes, Hosea Sanchez of "The Game," and more.
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White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett was a panel member at the ESSENCE Empowerment Experience.
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The Braxton sisters -- Maryland natives and newly minted reality stars -- hit the Essence Music Festival to greet their fans.
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D.C. native and Oscar-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button") kept the audience laughing in the McDonald's booth.
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CNN political correspondent and TV One host Roland Martin was spotted hitting the dance floor at the annual Old School Coca-Cola Dinner with actress Lisa Raye ("Single Ladies").
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