ESSENCE Fest 2018: A List Of All The Movies & TV Shows You Can Preview In Our Free Daytime Screening Room


Rachaell Davis Jun, 29, 2018

The Entertainment All Access Screening Room at the Convention Center is one of the many highlights of our free datyime experiences at ESSENCE Festival.

Download the official 2018 ESSENCE Festival APP now to stay updated on all the latest!

Be the first to see new episodes of your favorite TV shows, previews of the films you can’t wait to see before they hit theaters and even hear from select cast members during Q&A sessions following select screenings. You can register to attend the screenings on the official ESSENCE Festival app, or sign up when you arrive at the Convention Center.

Entry into the screening room will be on a first come, first serve basis, so early arrival is strongly suggested.

Scroll through for a list of films and television shows that will be playing between Friday, July 6 and Sunday, July 8 in the ESSENCE Festival Entertainment All Access Screening room and then be sure to download the official 2018 ESSENCE Festival app to stay updated on all of the weekends’ activities.

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Be the first to see episode 2 of Power's season 5, as Tasha as Ghost set out on a mission to avenge Raina's death.

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Check out a preview of BET's highly anticipated biopic, The Bobby Brown Story, chronicling the highs and lows of one of R&B's most notorious bad boys. Q&A with select cast members to follow the screening.

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See Showtime's critically-acclaimed series, The Chi, from executive producers Lena Waithe and Common. Starring Jason Mitchell, Tiffany Boone, Alex Hibbert and more. Q&A with Lena Waithe to follow the screening.

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Be the first to preview this detailed look into the tragic and senseless death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, whose murder at the hands of neighborhood watchdog George Zimmerman gave birth to the #BlackLivesMatter moved. Executive produced by Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter and based on the book by Trayvon's parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin. Q&A with Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin to follow the screening.

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Get a first look at the upcoming episode of Claws, starring Niecy Nash, Karrueche Tran and more. Q&A with select cast members to follow the screening.

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Be the first to see the latest addition to the Marvel Studios film frenzy, Antman and the Wasp. Starring Paul Rudd, Lawrence Fishburne, Tip "T.I." Harris and more.

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Renae Bluitt

Be the first to preview this compelling documentary about fearless, driven Black women from across multiple industries of today who are building empires and leaving legacies to rival the best of them.

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Vintage Books

See a sneak peek of the highly-anticipated film adaptation of James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk, centered around a young Black couple who are forced to pause their love story and fight for justice after a false rape accusation changes their lives forever. Starring newcomer Kiki Layne, Stephan James, Regina King,Teyonah Parris, and more. Q&A with select cast members to follow the screening.