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Essence Fest 2016 livestream begins Friday

Stay up to date on sets from Oprah, Tyra Banks, and more

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The Essence Festival kicks off Friday morning in New Orleans. Now in its 22nd year, the festival will draw sets from speakers like Oprah Winfrey and Ava Duvernay, performances from stars like Mariah Carey and Kendrick Lamar, and a celebration of African American Woman. For those who can’t make it to the Big Easy, fans can catch a livestream of the festivities in the video above beginning at 10 a.m. Friday.

The weekend also includes visits from Tyra Banks, Misty Copeland, Rev. Al Sharpton, Ciara, Andra Day, Maxwell, Common, Puff Daddy, and many more. (See EW’s must-see acts right here.)

The livestream will end in the evenings, and will begin on Saturday morning at 11 a.m., and on Sunday at 10 a.m.

See the full schedule of events here.

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