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The Essence Festival begins with Nicki Minaj, Kevin Hart's headlining

After a long break of two years, the long-awaitedCultural Essence Festivalis finally back.

The iconic festival kicks off Thursday and runs until Sunday, with a star-studded lineup on stage at the Caesars Superdome in New Orleans.

The annual festival is usually attended by more than 500,000 people. With COVID, this year's participation rate is arguably the highest ever, as it is the first face-to-face event since 2019. 19 pandemic.

Entertainment celebrations celebrate a wide range of black artists, from music to comedy to black-owned businesses and conventions.

Rap artist Nicki Minaj and comedian Kevin Hart headlined the festival for the first two days.

Music Icon Janet Jackson is set to lock out on Saturday night. She concludes the night with a performance by D-Nice&Friends featuring Jazmine Sullivan, Summer Walker, Lucky Day, Carl Thomas and Stephanie Mills.

Essence Festival of Culture line-up.
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Sunday night, the new edition of the R&B band After the performance of Roots&Friends featuring The Isley Brothers, Method Man, Ghostface Killah and Raekwon, they will be on stage to conclude the festival.

City Girls, Tems and Wizkid will also appear.

Lauryn Hill performs onstage during the 2022 Essence Festival of Culture at the Louisiana Superdome on July 1, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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For direct performances for music fans who can't see the heat , The festival can be streamed live onHulu.

Essence Fest Primetime Livestreamwill run on the platform from 8pm, July 1st to 3rd. ET.

Ashanti brought the heat during her electric set, where she shared the stage with Machel Montano.
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In addition to music performances, selected daytime such as panel discussions Programming will be available for Hulu SVOD only so that subscribers can livestream at no additional cost.

Wyclef Jean performs onstage during the 2022 Essence Festival of Culture at the Louisiana Superdome on July 1, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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