NEW ORLEANS, LA (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Nearly a half million attendees converged upon New Orleans this Fourth of July weekend for the 2015 ESSENCE Festival. The annual 4-day Festival, which took place July 2-5, featured entertainment, empowerment, and cultural experiences during the day and performers each night. In addition, for the first time this year, the ESSENCE Festival touched tens of thousands of fans around the world via 100 hours of produced live-stream content. Highlights of the 2015 ESSENCE Festival include:
•More than 80 performing artists–including some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry such as Kevin Hart, Usher, Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliott, Common and Kendrick Lamar—performed at the event's nighttime concerts.