Sponsors & Partners

The 2014 ESSENCE Festival™ is excited to have these partners join us for our weekend of music, culture and entertainment. 


Coca-Cola is proud to return as the Presenting Sponsor of the 2014 ESSENCE Festival™. This year, we salute ESSENCE Communications for their 20th ESSENCE Festival™ Anniversary and celebrate our 19-year sponsorship of a cultural event that brings people together for several days of unique and memorable experiences. The ESSENCE Festival ™ is the perfect place to create and celebrate moments of optimism, togetherness, gratitude and refreshment with Coca-Cola products. This summer, we invite you to join us and Celebrate Every Moment with family and friends.

State Farm

Ford Motor Company is proud to help ESSENCE Festival™ celebrate 20 years of uplifting the community through empowerment and entertainment. As the exclusive automotive sponsor, we look forward to demonstrating how we are going further in vehicle technology, design and fuel efficiency. For more information visit ford.com

Visit the McDonald's booth for free concerts and McCafé® smoothie samples*. McDonald's is proud to celebrate the pride, heritage and achievement of African Americans at the 365Black® Awards, July 5th in the New Orleans Theater at the ESSENCE Festival™. Become a part of the 365Black movement! Visit 365Black.com for more details!

*While Supplies Last

Showcase your Beauty in Action!

Join My Black is Beautiful and supporting P&G Brands for a weekend of sisterhood experiences with gorgeous makeup, skin, hair makeovers and more. We look forward to celebrating your beautiful inside out at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival™.

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State Farm

Step up to a better state of style! Just as the perfect pair of shoes boosts self-esteem and poise, State Farm adds a layer of confidence to life. Come slip into star-worthy stilettos and walk away with get-gorgeous essentials to help you strut your stuff.

State Farm

This year's the 20th ESSENCE Festival™ and Walmart lets you celebrate everyday! Find the hottest music, the latest DVDs and the electronics you want all backed by our Low Price Guarantee. Stop by the Walmart booth at the festival or visit Walmart.com for all-access to even more excitement!


As a major sponsor of the ESSENCE Festival ™ Verizon is proud to help celebrate 20 years of entertainment and empowerment. Join us at the Verizon booth to see how the largest, most reliable 4G LTE network is bringing even more excitement to entertainment's biggest celebration.


MSNBC is proud to return to the ESSENCE Festival! Every day, we address issues that matter to you, such as access to health care and increasing job opportunities. Now, we want to hear from you. Visit us at the Festival, meet our hosts, and share your hopes regarding issues that impact our communities.


Visit our booth to explore real possibilities with AARP! Play our trivia game and attend sponsored sessions on Financial Freedom and the Silver Loving Playbook.


Join the American Cancer Society at our Empower U booth to learn how you can get well, stay well, find cures and fight back against cancer.


Audubon Nature Institute is proud to be a sponsor of ESSENCE(R) Family Day at Woldenberg Park. At Audubon we invite all ESSENCE(R) supporters to experience our incredible Private Event Venues. Perfect for weddings, family celebrations, corporate dinners and any type of private event, our attention to detail and our culinary and service excellence has made us a leader in the catering industry. We are the only Certified Green Cater is Louisiana. Make your Special Event an Audubon Event.


As one of the worlds leading energy companies, Chevron is proud to sponsor minority entrepreneurship programming at the 20th ESSENCE Festival™.


Colgate TOTAL is a proud sponsor of the 20th ESSENCE Festival™ and Empower U Zone. Join us for "A Colgate TOTAL Conversation" to transform your oral health.


Come 'Play & Get' at Harrah's July 3-6, and get a special festival themed t-shirt when you earn 100 Tier Credits. Visit Total Rewards for more details.


KODAK Event Imaging Solutions is the best in the world at providing digital souvenir photography services and solutions that enhance and extend a consumer's experience at memorable events in their lives.


Nielsen, is a leading global provider of information and insights into what consumers watch and buy.


Marriott® recognizes and celebrates what you do to make your world epic. With 16 brands in 72 countries, we want to be a part of your next epic experience.


Music Choice celebrates ESSENCE Festival ™ with R&B music videos from the stars of the Festival. Watch Music Choice on Demand and get ready for New Orleans.


The GRAMMY®s celebrates R&B music and its great cultural impact! Follow the GRAMMY Journey by checking out exclusive video/photos on www.grammy.com!


Join Alicia Keys in conversation on July 4th on the ESSENCE Empowerment stage .Visit the Greater Than AIDS interactive booth for free HIV testing, giveaways and more. Find out more: www.greaterthan.org/empowered.


Need a reason to smile? As a sponsor of ESSENCE Festival™, we have lots of them! Visit our booth to buy Lottery tickets and win prizes.


One Solution is excited to celebrate the 20th Anniversary ESSENCE Festival™ through our powerful portfolio of megabrands: Radio One, TV One, Interactive One, and Reach Media.


Meet your favorite WE tv stars from Braxton Family Values, Mary Mary, L.A. Hair, SWV Reunited, and Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival™


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  1. @essencefest: #JustEngaged! Jamila Phillips and Washington Redskins' Chris Baker. http://t.co/Lzlu7F3vIs http://t.co/xOhVkpLkus
  2. @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
  3. @essencefest: Style Icon: The world remembers #OscarDeLaRenta. Check out some of our fav celebs in some of his amazing looks. http://t.co/7TJjwc3sJS...
  4. @essencefest: Golden Ticket: Star Jones at the Angel Ball 2014 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street. http://t.co/XMMZbfiu3k
  5. @essencefest: Brooklyn's Finest: Spike Lee and honoree Rosie Perez at the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation's annual benefit dinner....
  6. @essencefest: A Formal Family: Alicia Keys and Swizz Beat at the 2014 Angel Ball at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. http://t.co/VK2TpxHhGe
  7. @essencefest: Two Step: Jamie Foxx and Tina Knowles at the Angel Ball 2014 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation in NYC. http://t.co/iXm0gghFtZ
  8. @essencefest: #TurnOutForWhat: President Obama casts a ballot in early voting for the 2014 midterm elections in Chicago. http://t.co/4UxPLY1Mav

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