I think last year (2011) was one of the best ESSENCE Music Festivals I’ve been to since 2005. I ventured out all by myself to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. First thing happened to me was at the Convention Center is that I won a ticket to the Saturday show just for being there (one of the staffers me and gave me a ticket because they said I kept the Facebook page exciting last year). Right after that I signed up for a contest at the blackdoctor.org booth. Low and behold later that evening I received an email from Blackdoctor.org stating I won $100. At another booth Russell Simmons was giving away FREE credit cards with automatic $10 on it. I ran into a few celebs that I got pictures with. I ended up on a TV video too at the LOL comedy show. I had so much fun last year. Just think I started out all by myself during the day. I ended up having a great time. I did not realize until later (closer to the event) that I came in 2nd place for the Essence Music Festival Facebook contest. Essence chose 10 second place winners. I received a pocketbook in the mail and a bunch of other nice freebies two weeks after Essence was over. The best moment of all is that I met a new Best Friend (Karen). We call each other EBFF (Essence best friends forever). It’s an inside joke. We promised each other for now on whenever I attend Essence she will too. She is an Essence Veteran and lives in New Orleans.