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Janelle Monae closed out the final leg of the NYC portion of HBO’s Bessie 81 Theatre Tour last night (April 30). The three day takeover consisted of an artist workshop with Bryan Michael Cox and Stacy Barthe, a showcase with local artists like Phony Ppl and a surprise performance by Monae, all to honor the legacy of Bessie Smith.

Monae ripped threw recent hits like her new song "Yoga" and many more for the final private event. It was held at Stephan Weiss Studios. In attendance was John Singleton, Bessie director Dee Rees, Sylvia Rhone, AJ Calloway and more. HBO will bring the Bessie 81 Theatre Tour to Los Angeles on May 12 with a different surprise headliner.

HBO’s Bessie airs on May 16. Above is the photos for the concert and below is photos for Music Showcase and private workshop held on Tuesday.

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