The 2015 ESSENCE Festival is underway and poppin’ in New Orleans. The YBF folks fabulously made their way to the 12th annual McDonald’s 365Black Awards. Peep their arrivals and some behind-the-scene flicks inside….
Keke Palmer, who’s starring on the upcoming FOX thriller "Scream Queens," stopped on the golden carpet to pose it up in a strapless Victoria Beckham LBD and Tamara Mellon shoes at the 365Black Awards during Essence Festival 2015 in New Orleans this weekend. The YBF chick was tapped to host the ceremony along with E! News co-anchor Terrence J.
Before hitting the stage, the 21-year-old and her crew put on a few last minute touches after she slipped into a sassy Mychael Knight look and Tamara Mellon shoes. Hot.
She was all smiles posing it up with her co-host TJ.
YBF stars have gathered at the Convention Center to honor and celebrate positive contributions being made to strengthen the African American community. And one of our faves was to be honored:
SELMA directress Ava DuVernay was honored for her extraordinary work she has done in Hollywood. While accepting her Arts & Entertainment award, she cleared up those rumors circulating that she would be directing the upcoming Marvel flick Black Panther. Find out what she said HERE.
Hottie Sevyn Streeter worked the carpet in black cutout gown (for a dose of sexy) with some bling to make it pop.
After the carpet, she hit the stage to sing with gospel singer Smokie Norful to celebrate and pay tribute to the honorees. She captioned, "Had the pleasure of singing with pastor @smokienorful for #365black today! such an honor"
Sevyn’s boyfriend B.o.B. was also there to hit the stage for performance.
Newlywed and sexy actor Lance Gross was also in attendance. Before heading inside he snapped it up with equally sexy, Chi-town bred Common. So fine.
Later, the "Crisis" star hit the stage to present alongside “The Game” star Wendy Raquel Robinson.
Former mayor of New Orleans & CEO/president of National Urban League Marc Morial was honored. He snapped it up with Wendy and Common backstage.
“black•ish” cuties Marcus Scribner and Yara Shahidi were all smiles on the carpet. Love her hair!
"Glee" star Amber Riley hit the carpet in a cute printed look.
“Flex & Shanice” reality stars Flex Alexander and Shanice made their way to event after speaking on a marriage panel with Meagan Good and DeVon Franklin.
“Being Mary Jane” Salli Richardson-Whitfield and her husband actor Dondre Whitfield brought the coupledom fab.
TV One anchor Roland Martin and his wife Jacquie were also in the mix.
And Sevyn, Smokie, Shanice and Amber tore the house down with their vocals.
Usher was spotted in rehersals (rocking his low-top Yeezy Boost 350 sneakers) before he rocks the main stage Saturday night. Even more fun times ahead…
Photos: Paras Griffin/Soul Brother/Keke’s IG/Sevyn’s IG/Essence’s IG
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