One of my favorite memories at the 2011 Essence Music Festival was attending the Convention Center. The sights and sounds of people full of laughter and happy faces is the best. We enjoyed the empowerment speakers and being up and close to so many celebrities was an incredible experience. It was nice to see people like Tavis Smiley, Dr. Cornel West, Shaun Robinson from Access Hollywood, the ladies from Basketball Wives and I could go on with so many more. Overall, the people made this an incredible experience. The events at the Convention Center is always a “must do” experience in addition to going to the concerts. You have a chance of having an up and close experience while enjoying the food, music, crafts and people. Last year I went with my husband, my two daughters and my mom. This was the first time for my mom. She loved every minute of it. I love going to the Essence Music Festival each year. It is very addictive once it ends you’re already making future plans to do it again.