Fri, Jun 30, 2017, 10:00 AM – Sun, Jul 2, 2017, 6:00 PM CDT

See your favorite celebrities and #ESSENCEFest performers live at Center Stage, meet them at Fan Zone and watch exclusives at the Screening Room over Festival weekend.


Carl Lynch, Johnny Jones, David Willems, Bennett Raglin, J.R. Thomason, Aaron Thornton, Chris Mitchell, Kim LaGrue, Danielle Miles, NuBuzz Photos/Johnny Nunez, Yolanda Smith, Andi Rice, Randy Jones, Mary Fehr, Walik Goshorn, Gus Bennett, Sasha Matthews, Omika Williams, Tyler Kaufman, PictureGroup, Liquid Soul Media/Nick Nelson.

The cast of Annapurna’s new film ‘Detroit’ hit Center Stage to talk sneak peaks.

Apple Music DJ plays Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop throwback jams for Bad Boy dancers on Center Stage.

The cast of Fox’s hit show ‘Star’ get candid with festivalgoers around Center Stage!

Executive Producers John Singleton and Dave Andron join the cast of FX’s ‘Snowfall’ (Wednesdays at 10) on Center stage for Q&A.

Dr. Steve Perry and Walt Disney World Executive Champion Tracey Powell speak about the benefits of the Disney Dreamers Academy.

Consumers pose for a pic in the Disney booth.

Stars from Netflix Original series Jessica Williams, Dascha Polanco, Selenis Leyva, Adrienne C. Moore and Marlon Wayans on Center Stage.

HBO Insecure stars Jay Ellis and Yvonne Orji are all smiles on Center Stage as they talk about Season 2.

The casts of ‘Power,’ ‘Survivor’s Remorse’ and ‘American Gods’ get candid with Entertainment Director, Cori Murray

Stars of Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Nots talk to screening room attendees during Q&A.

After an engaging first episode of TNT’s new hit series, Claws, the cast and executive producer speaks with Entertainment Director, Cori Murray in the EAA Screening Room.

The cast of ‘Girls Trip’ hits the mainstage at the Superdome!

ESSENCE Live host, Makho Ndlovu, and stars of ABC’s They Mayor Brandon M. Hall and Yvette Nicole Brown on Center Stage.

Disney presents “Endless Magic,” a celebration of iconic film brands from The Walt Disney Studios and unparalleled Walt Disney World Resort experiences. Enjoy special guests and fun prizes!

GIRLS TRIP stars Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, with Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah are taking over Center Stage Saturday with special guests including Producer Will Packer, director/producer Malcolm D. Lee, along with a few surprise guests.

OWN will showcase stars from its hit series “Queen Sugar,” “Greenleaf,” “Iyanla: Fix My Life” and “The Haves and the Have Nots” with appearances on Center Stage, the Empowerment Stage and at the Fan Zone. Cameras will follow the excitement of the festival for the network’s entertainment show “OWN Tonight!”


Come join stars from #EMPIRE and #STAR, including Bryshere Y. Gray, Ta’Rhonda Jones, Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny, Brittany O’Grady, Amiyah Scott, Miss Lawrence and more!

Join the cast & executive producers of TNT’s newest dramedy. We will screen the latest episode followed by Q&A with cast & producers.