Diddy, Chris Brown and Keyshia Cole Enlist For Essence Festival

ImageSean "Diddy" Combs has been tapped to host the 2006 Essence Music Festival this July.

While the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina will prevent the festival from returning to New Orleans this year, a full schedule of concerts and seminars are being planned for the three-day festival in Houston. Along with the addition of Diddy, Essence also announced that Jaheim, Chris Brown, New Edition and Bobby Brown will also be performing, with Brown joining his former group in a reunion performance.

Previously announced artists appearing at the 2006 Essence Festival include Mary J. Blige, Cedric "The Entertainer," Keyshia Cole, Steve Harvey and LL Cool J, among others.

The Festival also includes Empowerment Seminars during the day hours. This year's theme for the seminars is "Now or Never! The Essence Call to Action to Secure Our Children," an initiative aimed toward helping the young and those affected by Hurricane Katrina while speaking to the issues of Black America overall. The Empowerment Seminars will feature Magic Johnson, Jamie Foxx and Shemar Moore.

The Essence Music Festival will take place July 1 through July 3 at Houston's Reliant Park.

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