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Hey Essence Festival! I'm Dana Johnson, and we are right here in New Orleans, Louisiana for the 20th anniversary of the Essence Festival. We have Al Sharpton, Iyanla Vanzant, Alicia Keys, Janelle Monae, Erykah Badu, and did I mention the purple one. This year. What are you looking forward to seeing at the Essence Fest? Trey Songs. Trey Trey. Trey Songs. Of course all the ladies are always looking forwards to Trey Songs. There's ton of fun activities, vendors, and we are in New Orleans, so there's great food right here at Essence Festival. So, while thousands are flying in, we're gonna take you right here for a behind the scenes. Sneak peek, let's check it out. [MUSIC] In the Convention Centre at the 20th anniversary of the Essence festival, and I have these two lovely gentlemen with me. What are you building here in the convention? Center. Right now we're working on the stage, laying some wiring getting the steps ready, and yesterday we completed the Essence letters behind us. Right here guys these are the hardest working men at the Essence festival. This is our private offsite office location here at the Convention Centre which is massive. Everyone behind the scenes is extremely busy at work and as soon as we fly in, about a week or so before the festival starts, they're up here. They're making last minute changes, additions, making sure your sign-age is set up, making sure all of our sponsors are happy, making sure all of our guests are happy, and they're really, really busy. There's a lot that goes on behind the scenes and a lot of hours that all of these people put into giving you the best experience, and the best 20th anniversary [UNKNOWN]. Okay, Essence. There you have it. This is the preview before all of the action starts to begin. I'm Dana Johnson. We're here, in the Convention Centre. And, I may be saying bye for now, but this is only the beginning. Keep it right here, Essence.com, for all of the action. Take a look, beginning.

2014 ESS Fest Sneak Peek

From the star-studded concert lineup to amazing food, find out how the festival team is preparing for the biggest event of the year.

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