Center Stage

Join us at the ESSENCE CENTER STAGE and FAN ZONE as we go LIVE at the ESSENCE FESTIVAL Friday to Sunday and we celebrate YOU with celebrity interviews, engaging programming, meet and greets, cool giveaways and much more. Be sure to download the FREE Festival APP and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for program updates.

fresh

CENTER STAGE HOST FRESH JOHNSON
By mid-sentence, it'll be clear where Fresh Johnson is from. The New Orleans native has been riding the airwaves for the past nine years and enjoys the times when she can step from behind the mic and onto the stage. You can catch Fresh on Power 102.9 every weekend with the latest music, lifestyle updates and entertainment news!

france jaye

Center Stage DJ FRANCES JAYE started her own online radio station in 2002 and this self professed music lover is making a noise while playing "The Music That Gets Your Head Right." Neosoulcafe.com has been a go to for music heads looking for something that they cannot find on traditional radio. Frances Jaye is currently on her 5th year of spinning on the Capital Jazz Supercruise, She has opened up for artists including Ledisi, Eric Roberson, Donnie, Mint Condition, LiV Warfield, Yazarah and many more.

body by denise

Since 1986 Body By Denise, Inc. (BBD) has been providing a multilevel fitness program to the residents of the New York tri-state area who come out for a high energy, intense, yet rewarding, workout which includes basic, yet effective nutritional guidelines for weight management weight-loss, and health awareness to communities who lack many of the important factors needed for a healthier lifestyle. BBD helps individuals live healthier lifestyles one pound at a time through LIFE; Live In Fitness Everyday, it's the only way!

Body By Denise - Friday 10AM - 10:40AM, Saturday & Sunday 9:50AM - 10:35AM

featuring

oxygen

Oxygen is preaching to the choir! The Preachers Of L. A. discuss Season 2, premiering August 20th, and Deitrick Haddon & Michelle Williams announce Fix My Choir, which premieres this Fall!

Preachers of L.A. - 06/05 11:50am
Fix My Choir - 06/05 3:00pm

lifetimme

Don't miss Coach D and the Dancing Dolls from Lifetime's hit show, Bring It! performing every day on the Center stage:

Friday/Sunday: 3pm
Saturday: 1pm

abc

Join us at Center Stage with Anthony Anderson, star of the new family comedy Black-ish and executive producer, Kenya Barris as they talk about their new series coming to ABC Wednesdays this fall.

Friday @11:10AM
Saturday @ 2:00PM
Sunday @ 11:25PM

PROGRAMMING AND SEGMENT TIMING SUBJECT TO CHANGE. DOWNLOAD THE OFFICIAL ESSENCE FESTIVAL APP FOR WEEKEND UPDATE MESSAGES.

Festival Countdown

00:
Days
00:
Hours
00
Minutes

TWITTER SPOTLIGHT

Tweet Ticker

Festival Twitter

  1. @essencefest: Rush Hour Jam: Wishing you make it home safely tonight. Jaheim's "Just In Case" http://t.co/nPZOpCJBWG
  2. @essencefest: Baller: Matt Kemp on from the sideline at the National Football League Monday Night Football game in Pittsburgh. http://t.co/Mau60589Bo
  3. @essencefest: Hip Hop Flavor: T.I. and Shad Moss (the artist formerly know as Bow Wow) hanging in New York City. http://t.co/yzDJ3TMkMR
  4. @essencefest: Pop of Color: LeToya Luckett at the 'Turn It Up For Change' Ball Benefiting LGBT Equality in New York City. http://t.co/TLyGFIvWUy
  5. @essencefest: So Chic: Robin Roberts at the Broadcasting & Cable Hall Of Fame Awards at The Waldorf Astoria in New York City. http://t.co/ypk3PlMrqy
  6. @essencefest: Hair and There: Chrisette Michele at the 2014 Restore Brooklyn Benefit at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. http://t.co/bHsEPRz5wc
  7. @essencefest: #JustEngaged! Jamila Phillips and Washington Redskins' Chris Baker. http://t.co/Lzlu7F3vIs http://t.co/xOhVkpLkus
  8. @essencefest: Celeb visit: Tamar Braxton stopped by ESSENCE to talk about the third season of her hit reality show "Tamar & Vince". http://t.co/q2itJrUnFc

Festival Promotions

Festival Text Alerts

Sign up for mobile text alerts to be one of the first to know how we'll celebrate in 2014 with the biggest and best Festival to date!

Text Alerts