Sunday, July 8

Essence Wrap Up Part 1

Essence Fest 2007 was some hot ish. One of the best year's so far. And y'all know I got the scoop...

The fineness formerly known as "Brock" was spotted at the Morial Convention Center during the seminar activities.

So was Mayor Nagin.

And D.L. and Sheryl Lee Ralph:

Bobbi V., Joe Clair, and CiCi were all at the convention center Day 1:

Then Ciara performed that night:

Luda performed too.

And Barack was there to do the opening remarks:

He kicked it with Tom Joyner and Michelle Ebanks, Director of Communications for Essence.

Cute couple Chante Moore and Kenny Lattimore were there to perform in the super lounges.

And on Day 2:

Robin Thicke performed and he sounded way better than usual. Y'all know he's been struggling with these live performance lately.

Steve Harvey and Russ Parr kicked it. Steve proceeded to clown so many people in the audience during intermissions. Hilarity indeed.

Chris Brown performed and did a fabulous show:

And he brought out Bow Wow for a surprise performance:

I just need to know...when in the hell did Bow Wow get...dare I say That voice and swagger all of a really trumps his 4 foot 3 stance. I'm sayin....

And my girl B killed the entire Essence show...all 3 days. Yeah I said it. She looked gorgeous and rocked the stage for about 2 hours. HOT:

I was mad when I saw the return of that damn silver dress though.

The woman is definitely the baddest chick in the game. And even though she most def is back in the CGU these days...her body makes not a lick of sense. Just fab. Everybody was making trainer appointments by the time this ish was over.

And all kinds of folks were roaming around backstage:

I see Kevin Liles put his chick Sandye on that emaciated diet he's on. She looks good though.

Papa Knowles was in full effect with Baby Daniel and Solo to watch B:


Regina was spotted backstage with Robin Thicke.

Susan Taylor and Hillary C.

Dr. Cornell West and Eddie Levert

MC Lyte was there looking fab.

And Kelly was out and about signing copies of her cd.

Then at Beyonce's afterparty/Solange's b-day party part 2:

It went down Friday night at Generations Hall/Metropolitan. And I'm really mad at how whack it was. However...Chrisette Michele performed so that was hot:

She looked quite fab. The security team had B's area on lock all night:

Clearly so Solo could act a fool.

Q-Tip was in the place.

So were Aleesha Renee, Cousin Angie, and Omarosa:

No red lipstick Angie?! Shut up!



Anyways...Other spottings: Keith Sweat with a ridiculous amount of groupies at the Mayor's Ball at Metropolitan on the 4th of July (Yes...I was in shock as well when I peeped that mess).....Chrisette Michele and Carl Thomas doing surprise performances in th back ballroom at the Mayors Ball (Hot!)...Luda rolling through V.I.P. being extra sociable at the House of Blues Thursday night...Rocsi being extra whacktastic and tipsy at the H.O.B. Friday night...Doug E. Fresh roaming around Metropolitan Nightclub Thursday night...Solange getting her bougie behavior on at her b-day party at Generations Hall....Doug E. Fresh, Biz Markie, and Flavor Flav rocking an impromptu set together at the House of Blues Saturday Night (Extra Hot!)...Kane and Abel (My N.O. folks know who that is) looking left out the mix at the H.O.B....DJ Khaled and Lil Wayne rockin' a 2 hour impromptu set at Club 300 Saturday night...sans Supahead, Farrah, Trina, or Solo....

Shout out to Jawn for these Essence vids. I was too busy gettin em bodied in front the stage to work that out:

B singing "Dangerously In Love/He Loves Me"

Chris Brown's Micheal Jackson tribute

Eddie Levert, Johnny Gill, and Keith Sweat's tribute to Gerald Levert

Stay tuned!