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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