The 2019 ESSENCE Festival is just months away and you already know we’re doing it bigger than ever to celebrate 25 years of moving the culture forward!

Click HERE for more information on tickets, performers, speakers, programming and more for our 2019 ESSENCE Festival celebration!

In addition to our nightly concert series, which will see performances from over 80 of the biggest names in music at venues across the city of New Orleans, at the core of the Festival is our dynamic daytime programming.

Previously held primarily at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, this year, our daytime experiences will also expand to several locations across the city of New Orleans as we usher in a new era in celebration of our 25th year. Daytime programming will include keynote addresses, panel discussions, tutorials, fashion showcases, exclusive screenings and interactive conversations from our nation’s revered politicians, community leaders, beauty experts, activists, entertainers, business executives, entrepreneurs and journalists.

Over the course of the 4-day Festival weekend, these experiences will hear the thought leaders of today tackle topics that matter most to our communities, including representation in media, economic empowerment, inclusion in fashion & beauty, women’s rights, criminal justice reform, family dynamics, community activism, financial management and more.

This year’s daytime programming lineup for the ESSENCE Power Stage (formerly the ESSENCE Empowerment Experience) includes broadcast journalist and activist Jemele Hill, Congresswoman IIhan Omar, actor and activist Terry Crews, life coach extraordinare Iyanla Vanzant, Grammy Award-winning entertainer Pharrell Williams, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell and many, many more. Scroll through for a first look at the speakers who have been announced so far. More names to be revealed in the coming weeks!

See you in NOLA!

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