Essence Festival

2020 Essence Festival Canceled, Virtual Event to Take Place


The 2020 Essence Festival of Culture is officially canceled due to coronavirus. New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell recommended the cancellations of large events in the city for 2020, which Essence will support. Essence will refund tickets sold for the festival with a 2021 return date. REGISTER TO VOTE GET ELECTION REMINDERS In place of […]

Essence Festival 2020 Has Been Postponed Due to COVID-19

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The 2020 Essence Festival has been postponed due to the Coronavirus. The annual festival that celebrates black women and takes place on July 4thweekend has been pushed back closer to the fall. In a statement, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said, “With the significant spread of COVID-19, we are taking every precaution in the best […]

Kamala Harris Announces $100B Black Home Ownership Plan at 2019 Essence Festival


The 2019 Presidential candidates took the stage at the 2019 Essence Festival to let the crowd know why they should vote for them. Democratic candidate Kamala Harris discussed her plans to “make America great again.” “What exactly does ‘again’ mean?” Harris questioned. ” Back before the Civil Rights Act? Back before the Voting Rights Act? […]

Symone Sanders, Sheryl Lee Ralph To be Honored at 15th Annual McDonald’s 365Black Awards


In celebration of the 15th annual McDonald’s® 365Black® Awards, the company will honor celebrities and everyday heroes who make positive contributions to the community. To date, this year’s roster of remarkable honorees includes popular political commentator Symone Sanders, renown actress/activist Sheryl Lee Ralph, Black Girls CODE CEO Kimberly Bryant and next generation McDonald’s Owner/Operator Monique Vann-Brown. […]

India.Arie Returns With New EP “Songversation: Medicine”

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Multi-Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter India.Arie is excited to announce the release of her upcoming EP SongVersation: Medicine that will be available on all digital platforms June 30. An extension of her 2013 release SongVersation, which received rave reviews from Rolling Stone, Billboard and Vibe among others, this seven song EP is India’s offering during these tumultuous times. The first single featured on the EP “I Am Light” (Click Here) […]

Trey Songz, Ray J, Juvenile Set To Play In Essence Festival Charity Basketball Game

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Essence Festival will be hosting its first annual celebrity charity basketball game at this year’s festival.  The charity partnered with Master P’s Miller’s foundation Team Hope NOLA to organize the game. Master P and his son Romeo Miller will be playing basketball with the likes of Trey Songz, Ray J, Juvenile, Doug E. Fresh, Curren$y, Silkk […]

XScape To Reunite At The 2017 Essence Festival

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Time Inc.’s (NYSE: TIME) 2017 ESSENCE Festival® presented by Coca-Cola®, now among the largest consumer live events in the nation, announces that beloved R&B quartet XSCAPE will kickoff its comeback tour at the Festival, for the group’s first full live show in over 15 years. The group is slated to perform on Sunday, July 2 […]

Common Debuts New Single “Love Star” At Essence Festival


Bringing his talents to the Essence Festival stage this year [Saturday, July 2], Common debuted his latest single, “Love Star.” The Chicago rapper performed the single from his upcoming untitled album to an energetic crowd at the New Orleans Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Making it his eleventh studio album, Common promises fans the new body of work […]

Mariah Carey, Common, Charlie Wilson Rock The Essence Festival


The Saturday [July 2] evening performances of the 2016 Essence Festival were rocking with superstar headliners. From daytime panels, meet-and-greets and performances at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, the celebration continued down the street at the Mercedes Benz Superdome. Saturday night’s lineup had something for everybody—from Hip Hop to pop and R&B to grown […]

[BTS Photos] Superstars Flood The Essence Festival Press Room


While the Mercedes Benz Superdome’s stage was lit with superstar headliners, the Essence Festival press room welcomed celebrity attendees in the VIP press room. Yesterday [Saturday, July 2] the second day of the annual Festival, dubbed the largest nationwide event for African American women, hosted Mariah Carey, Jeremih, Estelle, Common and Charlie Wilson on the […]

Oprah Winfrey Stops By Essence Festival For The First Time, Drops Inspiring Gems

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World-renowned television host and entrepreneur Oprah Winfrey stopped by the 2016 Essence Festival for the first time in the event’s 21 year history this year. The Ernest N. Morial Convention Center was packed for the festival’s second day yesterday [Saturday, July 2], for panels, performances and to witness the Queen of Daytime herself take center […]

Tina Knowles-Lawson Set To Be Honored For Leadership At Essence Festival

Being the mother of one of the world’s most famous entertainers has its perks. One? Getting recognized for the hard and tireless work that Mrs. Knowles-Lawson has clearly put into her daughter’s career. This is the Essence Festival’s first time honoring an individual for the Inspiring Leadership Award and they’re setting the bar pretty high. […]

Maxwell Releases “Lake By The Ocean” Video & Announces New Album


It’s been quite awhile since we last heard from the rhythm and blues sensation Maxwell, about seven years to be exact. We’ve been managing the withdrawals from his old tunes that still serenade the soul. Today [Friday, May 27] Maxwell put an end to his musical drought with a newly released visual for his new […]