Chef Leah Chase tells what ESSENCE means to the New Orleans community.
ESSENCE Fest sparked an entrepreneurial bug in this attendee, who celebrates her birthday in NOLA with us every year.
A man plans to propose to his lady in their favorite city.
Celeste and a group of 50 travel from South Carolina every year for the festival.
Siblings take to the ESSENCE Festival just before one of them ties the knot.
Gina is starting a new tradition with her children at the fest.
Lataria and Tiffany head back home every year to party with ESSENCE.
Raheem DeVaughn on what Essence Fest was like for him before he became famous.
Playwright David Talbert dishes on his after-hours ESSENCE Fest food escapades.
Tank recalls loving every second of almost being mobbed by fans.
Trey Songz can't pick just 1 favorite ESSENCE Fest experience.
Blair Underwood reflects on the Festival post Katrina and the community support.
The singer dishes about his ESSENCE Fest backstage run-in with Queen Bey, before she was Queen Bey.
Singer Anthony David recalls seeing his favorite act.
Not literally, but Lionel loves the super fan.
From being backstage watching Anita Baker to wandering the streets of New Orleans.
Shirley Strawberry reflects on Festival-goers coming together to support an unknown talent.
Editor Cori Murray fondly recalls a Frankie Beverly show.
Our sponsorship activation manager reminds us why the smaller ESSENCE Fest stages are just as fun as the big shows.
Ne-Yo recalls mending his strained relationship with his dad at the 2009 ESSENCE Fest.
Relationships editor Charli Penn nearly lost it when she got a chance to interview Aretha Franklin.
Our product development manager remembers Lisa Nichols' inspiring words.
The singer's favorite ESSENCE Fest moments come from people watching at the airport!
Promotions director Fred Jackson says Mary J. Blige made all of his sleepless nights at the 2009 ESSENCE Fest worth it.
Never mind, she can't tell you all of that story. But her other Festival memories are just as good.
Dancing to Chaka Khan in the streets with her friends is what the performer remembers the most.
Uncle Charlie dishes on that time he had to teach Kevin a thing or two.
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