The second day of ESSENCE Fest will kick off a weekend of musical performances.
Erykah Badu and Jill Scott will headline Friday's lineup. The festival has expanded greatly in its 24 years.
Mayor Latoya Cantrell said the economic impact for New Orleans has gone up from $80 to $100 million when it started to up to $250 million.
One of the festival's focuses this year is building leaders in business, and growing household wealth.
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