Oprah can–without question–command a room but at ESSENCE Festival 2016, the media mogul took to the Empowerment stage to celebrate, encourage and of course, inspire.
Winfrey who made her first appearance at the annual weekend-long gathering of certifiable #BlackGirlMagic in New Orleans gave the audience a stirring bit of wisdom, “the magic is to surrender to God’s dream for you.”
For those in the room, the testimonies of reaching and realizing beyond dreams left audience members overflowing.
Winfrey serves as a producer alongside Selma director Ava Duvernay on her new project Queen Sugar. DuVernay, too, kept the crowd empowered during a weekend full of encouragement.
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NEW ORLEANS, LA - JULY 02: Director Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey speak onstage during the 2016 ESSENCE Festival presented By Coca-Cola at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on July 2, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Our cups runneth over from merely the image of their embrace and we don’t think we will ever recover.