Seen & Heard At Essence Fest
Jul 08 | by Natasha
YBF was on the scene at Essence Fest '08 in New Orleans this weekend and caught up with all kinds of celebs backstage, in the audience, around town, and in the VIP sections....especially when they thought no one was watching.
Oh Keyshia. Now y'all know I have mad love for my girl Key Key...hood fab diva antics and all. However, she showed out this weekend and proved that ish is not just for tv. After media folks waited for her in the press room for a few hours before she took the stage Sunday night, she made media sources pissy because she decided not to stop in simply because she "didn't feel like it". Pretty much every other celeb stopped in--including Mary J. Funny, since Keyshia was scheduled to do the press room and also made a point to visit with other media like Access Hollywood. Mmhmm. And even when folks were ready to cut the chick some slack on that, she didn't even want photogs or fans taking her pics or speaking to her while she watched the show from the celeb VIP mini stage backstage. Chick even threw her hands in the air to shoo folks away from her and kept telling people "Stop looking at me"--while she was sitting in the middle of the backstage area on a raised platform with her puppy barking away. I still gots love for you though Key Key. I did hear that they were taping scenes for her reality show so it looks like another season of Keyshia, Frankie, and Neffe may be a go. More dish on Beyonce, Lebron James and his groupie love, and Sanaa and her man when you read the rest... Here's a few more pics of Keyshia backstage while watching Mary J. Blige perform:
She also got up and danced away to Mary's set.
Get your bedazzlers ready and pry open the wig crypt. Beyonce is set to headline Essence Fest's 15h Anniversary in 2009. Michelle Ebanks, President of Essence Communications, Inc. announced the news on the last concert night at the Superdome this past Sunday. And B will be performing one night throughout the Fest, which is set for July 3rd, 4th, and 5th of 2009. I guess we can take her off preggers watch for now because we al know if she was pregnant now or was even planning on it some time this year--she is not letting a performance interfere with her excuse to eat some Popeye's. And this headlining date also may confirm that her album is definitely dropping some time soon. Let the B swarm begin.... By the way, she was spotted in the Superdome superlounge watching her lil sis Solange perform this past Saturday night at Essence. But she kept an ultra tight low presence as most people didn't even know she was there.
Lebron and Al at the N.O. convention center Saturday afternoonLebron James was spotted chillin' in the VIP lounge during the concerts Sunday night. And while I personally didn't spot his girl and babies' mother Savannahin the place to be, I'm not saying with certainty that she wasn't there. I will say he was spotted looking quite...entertained...by the ladies scattered throughout the place. It's even hard for a King to turn down groupie love huh Lebron? And as for the fabulousness that is Sanaa Lathan:
Photog: TONTO RegginRazziThe YBF chick hit up the weekend festivities and hosted the Skin Stories event at the Convention Center. Looking gorgeous of course. She was promoting Vaseline Skin Care products and discuss the stories she has in dealing with her skin. And how beautiful skin is. She was also there with her man Wale of the Chicago Bears. And he was barely letting her out of his sight. A while back we reported that Wale and Sanaa may have been on the rocks and headed to Splitsville, thanks to tips from party goers who had been catching him in the clubs with another extra friendly lady for a while there. I even hear he and Sanaa were knocking at Splitsville's door after she caught wind of the rumors. But it looked like it was all Pleasantville for those two this weekend. Work it out then Sanaa. Karu over at AOL has even more about Sanaa's love with her skin...and her man. The Randomness:
- No thank you. But shout out to Lady Rage.
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