We captured beautiful people in real moments in the Big Easy, home of ESSENCE Fest 2017.
My name is Ryan Moret. I am a New Orleans native, Martial artist, father, instructor, student, entrepreneur and friend to many. I never quit, give up, or back down. I am a lot like my city, resilient, tough but caring....strong but loving; Not always doing right but always right at heart. I am New Orleans.
My name is Ceaux, I like to represent more of New Orleans modern day culture with my art. I like to focus on the older generation's influence on us; whether it be through music or everyday life.
I am Denisia: Singer / Songwriter / Youth community leader. I am the shift of New Orleans sound combining the soul essence of r&b music with New Orleans culture, and a 4 foot powerhouse!
"I'm a representative of the school of Israel United in Christ. We've been established in New Orleans for 3 years. It's an organization to teach black, native americans and hispanics who they are according to bible. Our mission is go out and teach our people who God wants them to be. We're not out here on a racial campaign with the aim to disrespect other races or nationalities, only here to teach our own people in a professional manner."
I work every day to take care of my kids support family. I’m a big Saints fan. Patron of our culture. I love second lines and Mardi Gras. I love Essence because it brings all our people to one spot for a weekend to enjoy themselves. I just enjoy watching our beautiful people come together every three nights out a year come to a place to live. Just to say I that I was part of that it's a blessing