Oprah’s OWN network hosted a star-studded cocktail party during this year’s ESSENCE Music Festival. The Summer of OWN Cocktail Party, sponsored by Dove, took place at New Orleans’ Legacy Kitchen’s Craft Tavern. See all of the celebrity looks in attendance, including Ava Duvernay, Lynn Whitfield, Essence Atkins, Merle Dandridge, Oprah’s bestie, Gayle King, and more.

(Photo credit: Courtesy of OWN/Photographer: Peter Forest)

Brely Evans (“Ambitions”), Alana
Arenas (“David Makes Man”), Akili McDowell (“David Makes Man”)

Angela Robinson (“The Haves and The
Have Nots”), Merle Dandridge (“Greenleaf”), Deboray Joy Winans (“Greenleaf”)

OWN President Tina Perry, Gayle King

Gayle King

Brely Evans (“Ambitions”) and Gayle

Lynn Whitfield (“Greenleaf”), Gayle
King, Essence Atkins (“Ambitions”)

Deborah Joy Winans (“Greenleaf”),
Gayle King, Merle Dandridge (“Greenleaf”)

“When They See Us” subjects,
Exonerated 5: Yusef Salaam, Korey Wise, Raymond Santana Jr.

Essence Atkins with Exonerated 5: Yusef Salaam, Korey Wise, Raymond
Santana Jr.


Kofi Sirboie, Rutina Wesley, Bianca
Lawson, Ava DuVernay, Omar Dorsey, Tina Lifford, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, and Tanyell

Ava DuVernay

Dawn-Lyen Gardner (“Queen Sugar”)

Tina Lifford (“Queen Sugar”)

Tina Lifford (“Queen Sugar”) and
Omar Dorsey (“Queen Sugar”)

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