Vanessa K. Bush and Michelle Ebanks onstage at the 2014 Essence Music Festival on July 4, 2014 in New Orleans.
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July 5, 2014 11:56 AM EDT

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is taking the stage at the 20th Essence Festival in New Orleans at 11:15 am CT.

Reed began his second term in January and has championed fiscal reform while increasing core city services. Reed has reduced Atlanta’s spending during the recession and chairs the Transportation and Communications Committee of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

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