Joe Dupree with actresses from the hit TV show, Star, on Radio Row.

Behind the scenes at the Earnest Morial Convention Center is an area called “Radio Row”. It’s where radio stations from all over the world set up to interview celebrities and broadcast live from Essence Music Festival to their listeners back home. Each year, we partner with a Louisiana station to have an inside look at Radio Row.

This year, Lafayette’s Z105.9 welcomed Black Boot to their table. Our Lafayette liason, Joe Dupree, who is also the morning personality for Z105.9 was more than delighted to partner with us. Black Boot photogapher, Gilbert Anderson, shadowed Mr. Dupree all weekend. Dupree was able to introduce many of these celebrity guests to the real Louisiana ‘Cajun Culture’.

The cast of Empire, Star, Green Leaf, Claws, and Green Leaf all met with Joe Dupree. They talked about their upcoming seasons and how important it is to give back to our communities. Dupree was even able to speak with Life Coach Iyanla Vanzant very briefly. The list is a mile long of all the people who blessed his microphone and our cameras!

Here are some of the people Black Boot captured on Radio Row during Essence Music Festival.

Photos / Gilbert Anderson

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Essence 2017: Radio Row With Lafayette’s Joe Dupree

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Ro Wright is the Co-Owner of Unboxed Possibilities. He and his wife, Sandria Wright, live in New Orleans and they are the founders of the Black Boot Network.

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