Here’s the latest news involving a selection of the artists and speakers connected to the ESSENCE Festival.

  • LL Cool J’s upcoming Authentic album is currently streaming on Amazon and will be available for purchase on Tuesday, April 30. See this hip-hop icon at the ESSENCE Festival on Friday, July 5.
  • Fantasia gave her all during her 2012 ESSENCE Festival performance. Now the singer is making news again with her new album, Side Effects of You, which was released on Tuesday.

  • Congressman John Lewis will speak on a panel during the ESSENCE Festival Empowerment Experience. His comments on Earth Day, April 22, remind us all that protecting our planet is crucial.

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