By Jessica Goodman
July 03, 2015 at 12:00 PM EDT
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Essence Festival kicked off on Thursday at New Orleans’ Superdome with a headlining performance from Kevin Hart. The party continues all weekend with special guests India.Arie, Usher, Missy Elliott and Erykah Badu.

Essence will stream the entire fest online — watch below — so you can continue to catch sets from artists like Kendrick Lamar and Mary J Blige, and the fest’s speaker series, which includes Al Sharpton, Anita Wilson, Deepak Chopra and Charlie Wilson.

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