Mary J’s Emotional Set at Essence Fest

Blige and comedian Kevin Hart closed out Saturday's lineup with laughter and hints of tears.

Mary J. Blige at Essence Music Festival (Erika Goldring/Getty Images)

Dru Hill Goes Too Far

Elsewhere in the festival, 1990s enthusiasts enjoyed a throwback set from the Baltimore group, Dru Hill, including a look at their newest member Antwuan “Tao” Simpson, who replaces James “Woody” Green. From “5 Steps” to “Sleeping in My Bed,” the men took their fans back, even if some may’ve thought Nokio’s cover of Prince’s “Darling Nikki” — including a writhing dance during which he caressed himself on the stage’s floor — was a tad much.

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Hillary Crosley is The Root’s New York bureau chief.