Shops at Essence

ART & CULTURE

Shop Louisiana inspired original designs and handcrafted arts in the nation's largest marketplace. Take a look at some of this year's shops here »



ESSENCE® EATS

Grab a table at the convention center and taste the authentic cuisine of New Orleans' finest restaurants.


COMMUNITY CORNER

Raise awareness and support for local and national community-based nonprofit organizations.

SCREENING ROOM

See the hottest movies watch episodes of your favorite television shows and participate in cast talkbacks. Check out all of the films that are playing here »

ESSENCE BOOKSTORE

Amazing authors will be onsite to sign books as well as meet and greet fans.
See the current list of authors below.

Abiola Abrams • Bishop TD Jakes • Brenda Jackson • Ed Lewis • JaRule • Jason Mott • John Hope Bryant • Kim Marie Vaz • Marcus Guillory • Mikki Taylor • Shanae Hall •
Taffi Dollar • Terry McMillan • Toure Roberts •

*Authors, Times, Dates are subject to changes.




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  1. @essencefest: Rush Hour Jam! Ready for the weekend. Who's walking it out like Jennifer Hudson? http://t.co/qYU88sAyn8
  2. @essencefest: Live on Stage: Jennifer Hudson at Radio City Music Hall during the finale of "America's Got Talent" season 9 in NYC. http://t.co/oMsni4rvq9
  3. @essencefest: Them, there EYES! Jesse Williams gave us the look at an event in West Hollywood, California. http://t.co/V1kFTOB8ZV
  4. @essencefest: Game Face: Jordin Sparks at the NFL Inaugural Hall of Fashion Launch Event at Pillars 37 in New York City. http://t.co/gT7wrW01nD
  5. @essencefest: More Whitney! A new CD of live performances will be on-sale in November. What's your fav? http://t.co/tiTAlaVTaM http://t.co/PTiUd49dV6
  6. @essencefest: Today's Montra: ?Let nothing dim the light that shines from within? - Maya Angelou #Empowerment http://t.co/otzLKhFM2Z
  7. @essencefest: Our condolences go out to Common for the loss of his father. http://t.co/qEPKxZAwSF http://t.co/ffC4xVDHtB
  8. @essencefest: Props to Denise Bidot, the first plus size Latina model on the runway of NYFashion Week! http://t.co/l7hlEKkaIx http://t.co/rgxiVGlNsy

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