ESSENCE Festival Empowerment Experience Themes Announced
Gus Bennett

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: Patrina Peters, Roland Martin
Moderated by Soledad O’Brien

Saving Our Sons, 11:20 – 11:50 AM
Hear education expert Dr. Steve Perry and entrepreneur and father Master P lead a discussion with community mentors and leaders about what it takes to rear successful young men.
Speakers: Dr. Steve Perry, Master P, Ameer Baraka, Devon Franklin
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: Tonya Lewis Lee, Dr. Denese Shervington, Cheryl Landrieu, Carol Bebelle
Moderated by Soledad O’Brien

Sisterhood, Stardom and Living in the Spotlight with Traci & Trina Braxton, 2:05 – 2:35 PM
Join the Braxton sisters as they celebrate the joys and complications of sisterhood.
Speakers: Traci Braxton, Trina Braxton
Moderated by Soledad O’Brien


Family Feud with Steve Harvey, 11:15 – 12:15 PM

I Beat: Healthy, Journeys & Transformations, 12:25 – 1:10 PM
Mantaining a healthy lifestyle requires work, and our experts will share their tips on how to achieve your overall diet and fitness goals.
Speakers: Dr. Aletha Maybank, Robin D. Stone, Denise Warren, Sheila Bridges

The Real Truth on Reality TV, 1:20 – 2:05 PM
Get a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes for a reality TV show to be successful and how our favorite TV stars’ lives are impacted.
Speakers: Kenya Moore, Shaunie O’Neal, Andrea Kelly, Chante Moore

Sexy At Any Age: Embrace Your Inner Naughty Girls, 2:15 – 3:00 PM
Feeling sexy is ageless. Hear from our panel of celebrities and experts about how you can embrace your beauty and sexy at any age.
Speakers: Nicole Murphy, Shirley Strawberry, Dr. Rachael Ross, Victoria Rowell, Mayte Garcia, Kenya Moore

A Moment with Breakthrough, 3:10 – 3:20 PM
Obtain the confidence you need to achieve your life goals.
Speaker: Lisa Nichols 

Putting Ourselves First, 4:00 – 4:45 PM
Balancing both your personal and professional life can be challenging. Get inspired to cater to your needs and find happiness.
Speakers: Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, Dr. Denese Shervington, Lisa Nichols, Tonya Lewis Lee
Moderated by Mikki Taylor

Sex & Love: On His Mind, 4:15 – 5:00 PM
Don’t you wonder just what men really think about women sometimes? Join our sexiest celebrities for a candid discussion on love and relationships.
Speakers: Laz Alonso, Redaric Williams, Nathan Owens, Chef Roble
Moderated by Michelle Williams


Reducing Violence and Murder in America, 11:05 – 11:35 AM
Join our fight to help end gun violence across the country.
Speaker: Mayor Cory Booker and Mayor Kasim Reed
Moderated by Mayor Mitchell Landrieu

10 Ways to Fix Your Life & Get Happy, 11:45 – 12:15 PM
Pinpoint easy ways to reduce stress and find more lasting joy.
Speaker: Iyanla Vanzant

Supersize Your Dream: Reinvent Your Life & Your Business, 12:25-1:10 PM
Become motivated to take your business to the next level.
Speaker: Monique Greenwood, Issa Rae, Michele Clark Jenkins, Stephanie Perry Moore, Shameeka Ayers

Keynote: Reverend Al Sharpton, 1:25 – 1:45 PM

Where Smart Starts, 1:55 – 2:35 PM
Hear from top education experts on what it takes for children to excel in school.
Speakers: Dr. Steve Perry, Dr. Thelma Baxter, Dr. Michael Lomax, Karran Harper Royal
Moderated by Melissa Harris Perry

Jobs in America, 2:45 – 3:00 PM
Hear from the president of the National Urban League on how his organization is working to rebuild jobs across the country.
Speaker: Marc Morial

Icons of the Civil Rights Movement, 3:05 – 3:50 PM
In celebration of the Civil Rights Movement’s 50th anniversary, icons of the era will take part in an intimate discussion about their journeys and the current state of civil rights.
Speakers: Congressman John Lewis, Shirley Sherrod, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Myrlie Evers Williams
Moderated by Reverend Al Sharpton

Black Women’s Agenda 2013: Moving Forward, 4:00 – 5:00 PM
What is your agenda? Our panel of experts will discuss trending topics that affect our lives, careers, families and communities.
Speakers: C. Nicole Mason, Karen Carter Peterson, Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Performances/appearances by DJ “Bam Bam” Belonge, Mara Schiavocampo, Lexi, Mayor Mitchell Landrieu, Vanessa Bush, Dawnie Walton, Pastor Debra Morton, Bishop Lester Love and the City of Love; Michelle Williams; Tasha Cobbs; Tyronne Foster and The Arc Singers; Patrik Henry Bass; Cheryl Wills; Kurt Carr; Yolanda Adams; Bishop Noel Jones; Amber Bullock; Hezekiah Walker; Isaac Carree; Anthony Brown and Group TherAPy; and Kim Burrell. Learn more about these performers here.