The Top 10 Moments You Missed At The 2019 Essence Festival
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The Essence Fest is put together by Essence magazine, a 100 percent black-owned company! It's more than an “event,” it’s a “party with a purpose!”
This year, the magazine celebrated its 25th year of the annual music festival. It’s one of the largest events geared toward African-American women, but men, children, and people of all races are welcomed! The event celebrates all aspects of black culture, from food, music, health, hair, beauty, finance, entrepreneurship, and more.
The four-day event kicks off every July 4th-7th. It was held in New Orleans at the Mercedes Benz Superdome where thousands of people took part in hundreds of activities. It’s IMPOSSIBLE to experience everything the Essence Fest has to offer because there is so much going on at once.
It was an extraordinary line up this year, take a look at what you missed:
The biggest moment was our forever First Lady, Michelle Obama being in attendance. She kept it all the way real and talked about the challenges she faced while being in the White House, her issues with Barrack Obama, and her future plans. She even gave some good relationship advice, it almost felt like a girl chat or talking to a big sister or aunty. Check it out:
For the first time ever, Essence Fest had a female-led “Radio Row,” hosted by the leading ladies on air. Our radio love Deja Vu was on it and did exclusive interviews with all of your favorite celebrities like LaLa, Letoya Luckett, the cast of Power, as well as 2020 presidential candidate Cory Booker. Deja, along with several other radio DJ’s from across the United States where honored for their work in radio! Take a peek at some of the highlights:
All the stars came out to celebrate 25 years of black excellence! Some of the male celebrities that were there included legends like Pharrell Williams, Timberland, Nas, Boris Kodjoe, Teddy Riley, Master P, and more.
Essence Fest is a flock of black girl magic and whether you attended or watched the highlights online, you’ll be inspired either way. Some of the female celebrities that came out included icons like Missy Elliot, MC Lyte, Lil Kim, and more. Influencers like Scottie Beam and Gia Peppers were also there. Young celebrities like Marasi Martin, Keke Palmer, Yung Miami of the City Girls, and H.E.R were there also.
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Thank you @essencefest i hope yall enjoyed yallself! All we do is paaaaaaarrrrrrty at a Missy Concert! Thank you to my glam @juneambrose @kellonderyck @themuaalex @itsbankhead @hihatofficial and the others who helped everything🙏🏾I am thankful & to MY DAnCERS you work SO HARD and long INTENSE work but all of you are cut out for it ! And thats why yall are unfuckwitable!!!!🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾i love yall all my family 🤗❤️💣🔥🔥🔥i cant forget @trinarockstarr & @monicabrown who came out and held me all the way down and KILLED IT! Sent the the essence stage all da way up!🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 I love my bruh Dj Rockwilder and my bruh CO who keep the crowd on a 200 with me🤗❤️
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@marsaimartin hit the #EssenceCarnival at #EssenceFest and offered insight on what she feels about potential pressures. “I’m here for a different reason. I’m here to create things that I love to do and to show my authentic self.” Diamonds are built under pressure and Marsai, you are shining! 💎 #EssenceFest
This year Essence Fest honored some incredible women! Not only did the magazine company celebrate 25 years of having the festival, they acknowledged Mary J. Blige, who is also celebrating 25 years of her second album *My Life. The Queen of hip hop and r&b hosted a “strength of a woman” brunch, where other women like the Clark Sisters, the authors of “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics,” and the legendary Cicely Tyson.
Rev Al Sharpton and Mark Morial were also honored for their community work. Essence wanted to pay homage to them because they make a difference in business, education, and technology.
The concert part of Essence Fest, held in the Superdome was hosted by daytime TV star/comedian Loni Love. She kept the crowd turned up!
Some of the big name stars took center stage at the convention center like Tyler Perry, the cast of 'Black-Ish, Terry Crews, and more.
Essence Fest likes to turn up but also praise God. Sunday was filled with performances from big names in Gospel music like, Mary Mary, Tasha Cobbs, Denisia and more!
This year’s music tribute was in honor of Frankie Beverly. “Before I let go” is every cookout anthem, so it was only right that the legend along with Maze closed out the festival!
Our Cirlce Of Sisters event goes down Sept. 7th, become a vendor, attend our Gospel Explosion, and/or get tickets!