ESSENCE Festival Empowerment Experience Panels – Thursday, July 4
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The ESSENCE Empowerment Experience: Solutions and Success Secrets for Fearless Black Women

**All events are free to attendees, and no registration is required.**

**Appearances/schedule are subject to change.**


Why Our Children Should Come Home, 10:35 – 11:00 AM
Too many children’s lives have been lost due to gun violence. Find out what we can do to secure our children’s future and give them the tools they need to resolve conflicts without violence.
Speaker: Judy Reese Morse, Patrina Peters, Roland Martin
Moderated by Soledad O’Brien

Saving Our Sons, 11:20 – 11:50 AM
Hear a discussion with community mentors and leaders about what it takes to rear successful young men.
Speakers: Mayor Mitchell Landrieu, Ameer Baraka, Devon Franklin, Master P, Dr. Steve Perry
Moderated by Soledad O’Brien

Feeding Our Children: Mind, Body, Soul, 12:15 – 12:45 PM
Discover the mental, physical and spritual tactics needed for our children to lead a well-rounded, balanced life.
Speakers: Carol Bebelle, Cheryl Landrieu, Tonya Lewis Lee, Dr. Denese Shervington
Moderated by Soledad O’Brien

Girl Power, 1:05 – 1:25 PM
How do you Girl Up? Hear local CBS Correspondent, Sheba Turk and Girl Up NOLA Ambassadors Toi Monroe & Jonshell Johnson discuss the impact young women will have on the future of our communities.
Speakers: Toi Monroe, Jonshell Johnson
Moderated by Sheba Turk

Sisterhood, Stardom and Living in the Spotlight with Traci and Trina Braxton, 1:50 – 2:20 PM

Join the Braxton sisters as they celebrate the joys and complications of sisterhood.

Speakers: Traci Braxton, Trina Braxton
Moderated by Soledad O’Brien