ESSENCE Music Festival Portraits

Are you ready for the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival? There are only two days left until the party begins down in the Big Easy, kicking off four days of fun including music's brightest stars. As a headliner for EMF three years in a row, Mary J. Blige brings her own brand of hip-hop soul to the fete every year. This time, Mary will close out Saturday night's show on July 7 with hits like "No More Drama," "Family Affair" and "Just Fine." Let's take a peak out who else will hit the stage down in New Orleans.

Photo Credit: Hosea Johnson