Join the Empower U Live Experience at ESSENCE Festival
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The 20th annual ESSENCE Festival promises to be an unforgettable experience with knockout performances, great food, awesome events and the chance to join ESSENCE editors and experts all weekend long to become empowered together through workshops.

Covering every aspect of your life, ESSENCE has teamed up with life, love, money, health and beauty gurus to help you get or stay on track. 

Whether you need to boost your mind, body and spirit at our Healthy Living workshop hosted by Tiffanie Barriere or get Love & Relationships advice with’s Abiola Abrams and Dr. Sherry, we’ve got you covered.

Here are the 2014 ESSENCE U categories:


Boost your mind, body and spirit and discover the benefits of super foods, get tips on low-calorie Festival cocktails, learn new meditation techniques and more.


Get wealthy and wise with our editors and experts who share tips on how to make the right budget, create your hustler’s tool kit and much more.


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Learn fashion solutions for every body type and how to shop smarter. Discover the latest trends and styles in hair, makeup and all things beauty.


In these real talk sessions, discover the art of flirting, learn how to make your relationship work, get dating tips for any age and single mom support.


Find solutions for your family, community and personal growth. Get the tools to raise successful students, close the achievement, support our HBCUs and more. 


The New Orleans Start Up Fund will showcase top high growth minority entrepreneurs at the POWERMOVES NOLA pitch session at the Festival. Find out which entrepreneur will win the cash prize and exposure to investors and business leaders. For more info, visit

Workshop coaches include Abiola Abrams, Dr. Sherry, Tiffanie Barriere, Kira Orange Jones, Karli and Brandi Harvey, Dr. Denese Shervington, Dr. Aletha Maybank and Sarah Jakes.

Don’t miss out! For more information on ESSENCE Empower U workshops, click here.