15 Reasons Why We're Looking Forward to the ESSENCE Festival

It's finally here! We've been waiting all year to finally get back to New Orleans for one of the most exciting festivals around. Of course it doesn't hurt that we're the ones putting it together. Who else would bring you Beyonce, Jill Scott, Janelle Monae and Maxwell on one stage? And how about Iyanla Vanzant, Lisa Nichols and Steve Perry on our empowerment stage? See the 15 reasons why we're excited about this year's ESSENCE Fest.

ESSENCE Editors Jun, 21, 2013