I had the opportunity to attend the Essence Music Festival in 2009, it was my very first and only time I attended EMF. Me and my girlfriend Janae went together coming all the way from Portland, Oregon. Both of us had fun and no agenda on the mind. We had such a blast. Let’s just say, I hardly slept. We partied all weekend, better than Vegas. From our hotel. We saw folks parading down the street in costumes (this went on every night at 4 a.m.) and walked down Bourbon Street. EMF was conveniently located to everything so getting around was not hard. We enjoyed hanging out at the Convention Center during the day, because of all the different booths from art to beauty. You name, it was all there. Celebrities were all over the place walking among the people at the Convention Center that you could talk to them or take a photo without any problems! We even formed a “Soul Train” Line and danced with the Hot-Looking McDonald’s “Mocha Men.” We also enjoyed that. The live concerts were great, and we even lucked-up on an after hour party and got in for free and got to meet Spinderella, Dana Dane, Slick Rick and Dougie Fresh! Steve Harvey was there to discuss his very popular book Act like a Lady, Think like Man that weekend, and boy all of us ladies was there to hear what Steve Harvey had to say! Malik Yoba was hosting a male forum on stage and boy they catered to us women that day. Ginuwine, Ed Gordan, Lamman Rucker, just to name a few were also there. We had such an awesome time in the New Orleans, we went on a budget but we a had such a blast that money was not even a factor! I would definitely recommend everyone to go and see for themselves! Thank you Essence for such an awesome experience!