ESSENCE just announced their lineup for the 2012 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. I went last year and had the time of my life and from the looks of it this year will be even better. My girl Fantasia is about to make her return to the stage after giving birth last month. While Essence hasn’t made public who’s on mainstage at the Superdome and who is in the superlounges, the YBF learned a few of the designations.

Fanny’s set to take the mainstage, as well as Aretha Franklin, Mary J Blige, Charlie Wilson, Ledisi, and Keyshia Cole.

And in the superlounges: Bridget Kelly, Stephanie Mills, SWV, Dru Hill, Vivian Green, Goapele, The Stylistics, Raheem Devaughn, and more.

Estelle is also set to perform.

“The theme of this year’s Essence Music Festival celebrates our most powerful voices. Whether it’s Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul commanding respect or Rep. Maxine Waters demanding better conditions for our community, these powerful voices resonate with our audience like no other,”

said Michelle Ebanks, president, Essence Communications Inc.

More names will be added as the EMF weekend (July 6,7, and 8) approaches. Here’s video of one of my late night outing on bourbon street…

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