From becoming best selling author, for her memoir Becoming to going on a  worldwide book tour, Michelle Obama has been very busy since leaving the White House. Now our Forever First Lady will be dropping gems as the keynote speaker for the 25th Essence Festival.

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In a statement Essence Communications CEO Michelle Ebanks said:

“We are indescribably thrilled and honored to have Forever First Lady Michelle Obama as a part of out 25th Anniversary Essence Festival which will mark our most exciting and extensive programming to date.”

As inspiring and aspirational as it is relatable Mrs. Obama’s story told on her own terms, is a remarkable example and celebration of everyday Black women who accomplish extraordinary things we confront challenges with courage and truth, and who remind us that all things are possible when we support one another. Over 25 years, the festival has done just that, becoming a cultural home for millions of Black women to honor, celebrate and engage each other in service and sisterhood, laughter and love, and empowerment and community.”

The Essence Festival mainstage line-up this year will feature Missy Elliot, Mary J. Blige, and Teyana Taylor.