Essence Festival

Jacquees’ Upcoming Album Will Be Executive Prod. By Future

Jacquees Believes he Was Snubbed for BET Award Nomination

Jacquees reminded fans at Essence Festival why he’s the self-proclaimed King of R&B when he performed on Day 2 of Essence Fest on the McDonald’s state. Visit for more information As fans watched the Georgia singer take over the stage, they sung along to a number of his hits songs including, “At the Club,” […]

Patti LaBelle Brought G-Funk & a New Line of Breakfast Items To Essence Festival

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Patti LaBelle dazzled the Essence Festival audience with an unforgettable performing. Dripped in an all-red out, LaBelle took the stage to perform some of her classic hits including “When You Talk About Love,” “Love, Need and Want You and “If Only You Knew.” Visit for more information One of the many highlights of the […]

Essence Festival Kicks off in New Orleans


Essence Festival is finally here! The New Orleans based weekend festival is a culmination and celebration of of Black culture in its most excellent form. Visit for more information Essence Fest is all encompassing with the inclusion of the Film Festival, Beauty Carnival, Wellness House, the Celebrity Zone and much more held at the […]

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. Visit for more information Essence will refund tickets sold for the festival with a 2021 return date. In place of an in-person […]

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.” Visit for more information “What exactly does ‘again’ mean?” Harris questioned. ” Back before the Civil Rights Act? Back […]

Michelle Obama Will Be the Key Note Speaker at This Year’s Essence Festival

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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. Visit for more information In a statement Essence Communications […]

Meek Mill and Remy Ma Discuss the Criminal Justice System at Essence Festival

Meek Mill and Remy Ma Discuss the Criminal Justice System at Essence Festival

The 2018 Essence Festival took over the past weekend and issues with the criminal justice system were brought forth in a special panel between Meek Mill, Remy Ma, and journalist Lester Holt. Visit for more information The trio took over the Empowerment Stage this past Saturday to speak about how their lives and careers […]

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. Visit for more information 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 […]

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. Visit for more information Master P and his son Romeo Miller will be playing basketball with the likes of Trey Songz, Ray J, Juvenile, […]

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.” Visit for more information 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 […]

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. Visit for more information 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 […]

[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. Visit for more information 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 […]

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. Visit for more information 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 […]

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. […]

Lance Gross Speaks On How He Knew His Wife Was ‘The One’ & Hosting the 365Black Awards


The 22nd Annual Essence Music Festival just got hotter. Aside from New Orleans’ sweltering summer heat, actor Lance Gross has been announced to co-host the McDonald’s 365Black Awards, a ceremony dedicated to recognizing celebrities and influences who have made significant contributions in the African American community. Visit for more information The Oakland native, known […]

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. Visit for more information Today [Friday, May 27] Maxwell put an end to his musical drought with a newly […]