2018 Essence Festival - Day 2

Essence Festival 2018: Ultimate Squad Goals

The Big Easy is more fun with friends.

Essence magazine's annual New Orleans celebration of black women and culture isn't just a time to attend crazy-amazing concerts and hobnob with stars — as seen in last year's hit movie "Girls Trip" — it's also a time to hang with your best gal (and guy) pals. From mini TV show reunions to budding friendships, Essence Festival 2018 was the ultimate in squad goals. (Pictured: Cheryl James and Sandra Denton of Salt-N-Pepa perform with Yo-Yo.)

SHARING A LAUGH Johnny Nunez/WireImage SHARING A LAUGH Actresses (from left) Vivica A. Fox, Kim Coles, and Holly Robinson Peete just can't contain themselves. TENACIOUS TRIO Erika Goldring/Getty Images TENACIOUS TRIO (From left) MC Lyte, Queen Latifah, and Brandy light up the stage.

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SELFIE ESTEEM Peter Forest/Getty Images for HBO SELFIE ESTEEM Clockwise from left: Loni Love, Tichina Arnold, Issa Rae, and Tisha Campbell take a snap during an event for HBO's "Insecure." A 'MARTIN' REUNION Johnny Nunez/WireImage A 'MARTIN' REUNION Actresses Tichina Arnold and Tisha Campbell-Martin get a moment together. MOVIE MAGIC Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Annapurna MOVIE MAGIC "If Beale Street Could Talk" stars Stephan James, KiKi Layne, Regina King, and director Barry Jenkins hype their new film. PORTRAIT MODE Mychal Watts/Contour by Getty Images PORTRAIT MODE "Power" stars (from left) Joseph Sikora, Naturi Naughton, Rotimi, and Larenz Tate pose for a pic. SOUL SISTERS Erika Goldring/Getty Images SOUL SISTERS Jill Scott (left) and Erykah Badu perform with The Roots. HAND-IN-HAND-IN-HAND Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Essence HAND-IN-HAND-IN-HAND Mary J. Blige, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, and Alencia Johnson of Planned Parenthood take the stage for a panel discussion about sisterhood and purpose. CLOSING IT OUT Paras Griffin/WireImage CLOSING IT OUT Teddy Riley (left) and Dave Hollister (third from left) of Blackstreet perform during the final night of Essence Fest.



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