Issa Rae looked her best as she spoke onstage at the 2022 Essence Festival of Culture. For the first day of the New Orleans-based event, the TV writer and actress wore an orange three-piece set.

She beamed at the event, complementing her fuss-free hairstyle with large hoop earrings. Issa, whose full name is Jo-Issa Rae Diop, skipped a necklace as she modeled the coordinated outfit.

The Insecure alum, 37, showed off her cleavage in a triangle bikini top, trousers, and a matching shirt. The Los Angeles-born star wore her dark brown hair up in a sleek and textured bun positions atop her head.

She punctuated her flowing, high-waisted pants with pair of open-toe white heels that exposed a perfect white pedicure. Over the weekend Issa took the stage at the affair’s Beauty Carnival, where she sat alongside Breakfast Club cohost Angela Yee.

Rae’s bright orange outfit popped against the yellow chair and backdrop as she spoke to an audience. Angela rocked a long, braided hairstyle that she pulled off her face during the sitdown. 

She showed off her fit arms in the sleeveless look as she spoke to a group on stage. Rowland rocked long, voluminous curly hair that flowed down her back and large, gold hoop earrings.

 Also appearing the following dayy at the long-running extravaganza thrown by Black legacy publication Essence Magazine was Kelly Rowland. The 41-year-old Destiny’s Child singer looked typically beautiful on Saturday, wearing a crewneck camel-colored leather outfit.

Sherri Shepherd put on a colorful display in a short-sleeved dress with a large, abstract floral print. The Hollywood veteran, 55, oozed sophistication in the look, which nicely complemented her curves.

She looked gorgeous in a full face of flattering makeup and wore her hair in a center part with tight, cascading waves.  Justine Skye also put on a pretty presentation in a sexy purple top that exposed her cleavage.

The fun number was sleeveless with a crewneck and center keyhole loop punctuated with rock crystals.The singer-songwriter, 26, wore her curly raven hair in straight-back braids that she tied into a low bun.

She rocked her signature face-framing baby hair and sported large, silver-toned hoop earrings.  Joining the other stars at the high-profile gathering was Ryan Destiny, who took a casual approach to her look.

The 27-year-old actress looked trendy in a pair of baggy cargo pants with a soft camouflage pattern. On her upper half the Grown-ish star wore a black t-shirt with a blue and red graphic print.

She matched her open-toe shoes to the blue in the top, and wore her hair in a half-up, half-down style with long, sultry waves.  R&B singer-songwriter Ne-Yo, 42, commanded attention in black velour sweatpants and a black crewneck sweatshirt.

He was low-key in a grey and black trucker hat and a pair of round sunglasses. mMethod Man, 51, was also in attendance, sitting at the In His Zone Men’s Experience function. He wore an aqua blue sweatshirt over a white tank top, leaving one sleeve up to show off his arm muscles.


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