Essence Festival

    via Joy105/Essence: Democrats and Republicans tried to take me out by the knees,’ Michelle Obama says at Essence Fest Former first lady Michelle Obama says dealing with public scrutiny when her husband was campaigning to be president wasn’t as easy as it looked. The New York Times best-selling “Becoming” author sat down for an interview […]

viaesence/DANIELLE POINTDUJOUR: The legendary Patti LaBelle is many things: mom, author, singer and now you can add one more title to her name—queen of soul food cuisine. LaBelle took to the Essence Eats stage at the 25th annual Essence Festival Saturday to introduce her new frozen soul food line in collaboration with Walmart, and give […]

viaessence/ JASMINE GRANT: Bobby Brown hit the stage with RBRM at the Essence Festival MainStage on Saturday night and used the opportunity to honor someone he misses very much. Before wrapping up the set, Brown made sure to remember his late daughter Bobbi Kristina with some touching words. “I keep one of my kids right here […]

viaessence: ESSENCE Festival is celebrating the 10th anniversary of our All-Star Gospel Tribute with a star-studded afternoon of music and inspiration honoring Gospel music legend, Dottie Peoples. Per usual, the All-Star Gospel Tribute will close out our 3-day Conference & Expos festivities on Sunday, July 8. Bishop Lester Love will open the day with our inspirational “Power Hour,” just […]

Bishop T.D. Jakes is headlining the 2nd annual Essence Festival in Durban, South Africa September 26 – October 1st. “Last year’s inaugural Essence Festival Durban was an immense success, and we’re thrilled to once again partner with eThekwini Municipality for another one-of-a-kind cultural experience,” said Essence Communications President Michelle Ebanks. “This year, we’re welcoming Bishop T.D. Jakes to the festival in South […]

LeToya Luckett encouraged listeners to ‘trust God’ during her Essence Festival empowerment stage moment on Sunday, July 2nd. Here is some of what LeToya Luckett had to say to the crowd about trusting God  during her Empowerment Stage moment at Essence: “If you call yourself a Believer, if you call yourself trusting in God, and you pray about stuff, then you […]

CeCe Winans and Kelly Price paid tribute to the legendary  Cissy Houston during the Essence Festival gospel tribute  on Sunday in New Orleans.  The ladies sang “Count On Me” which was originally performed by Winans  and Whitney Houston. An accomplished singer and songwriter, Dr. Houston’s multi-faceted history in music has a presence in both Soul and […]

R&B group, Xscape took the crowd to church during their Essence Festival performance. The 90’s girls group put on choir robes and broke out into Erica Campbell’s “I Luh God” and The Clark Sisters “Is My Living In Vain” Check it out: Even though the ladies put on an awesome show, some of their fans weren’t able […]

  Kierra Sheard poses with Tamela Mann and Erica Campbell, who joined Kierra on stage for a rendition of “God In Me Erica honored living legend Cissy Houston during the McDonalds 365 Black Awards show during Essence. This year’s program was scaled back and is not being shown on national cable network Black Entertainment Television […]

The ESSENCE Festival – the largest event celebrating African-American culture and music that draws an estimated crowd of 500,000 for four-day events (June 30-July 3) in New Orleans has added GRAMMY nominated female group Virtue (Ebony Holland, Karima Kibble, and Heather Martin) to their star-studded line-up. The sister trio joins previously announced contemporary gospel … […]

Kierra Sheard is honoring her mother and aunts by leading an Essence All-Star tribute to the famed gospel music pioneers The Clark Sisters. The tribute will take place at the 2016 Essence Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana, this summer. “I’m soooooooo excited to be honoring my mommy and aunties, #TheClarkSisters, at the Essence Festival! #essenceFest […]

The Clark Sisters will be saluted during the 22nd annual Essence Festival in New Orleans on Sunday, July 3. Twinkie Clark, Karen Clark-Sheard, Dorinda Clark-Cole and Jackie Clark Chisholm will be honored during Essence’s All-Star Gospel Tribute on the Empowerment Experience Stage. Essence has assembled some great entertainers to pay homage to the famed Gospel […]