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2018 ESSENCE FESTIVAL® EXPANDS BRAND EXPERIENCES Offering New Consumer Activations by Festival Partners Coca-Cola, AT&T, Ford, McDonald’s, State Farm and Walmart July 6-8 in New Orleans

(NEW ORLEANS, July 6, 2018)—The 2018 Essence Festival® presented by Coca-Cola today debuts expanded brand experiences within its daytime programming—offering new consumer activations curated by partners Coca-Cola, AT&T, Ford, McDonald’s, State Farm and Walmart that take place from July 6-July 8 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA.   The Festival’s daytime programming features a diverse slate of curated content across eight “Conference & Expos” tracks: […]

AWARD-WINNING WRITER, PRODUCER AND ACTOR LENA WAITHE TO DELIVER KEYNOTE CONVERSATION DURING THE ESSENCE EMPOWERMENT EXPERIENCE AT THE 2018 ESSENCE Festival® ON FRIDAY, JULY 6TH IN NEW ORLEANS

(New York, NY) June 18, 2018—The ESSENCE Festival® is pleased to announce that Emmy Award-winning writer/producer/actor Lena Waithe will give a keynote conversation during the ESSENCE Empowerment Experience on Friday, July 6th, during the 2018 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, LA.  The Chicago-born Waithe has been heralded for her stellar work over the years, including most recently creating and executive producing the critically acclaimed SHOWTIME series, The Chi. She made history last year as […]

QUEEN LATIFAH PRESENTS “LADIES FIRST” WITH SPECIAL GUESTS MISSY ELLIOTT, REMY MA, MC LYTE, NIKKI D AND MORE DURING HER FIRST-EVER LOUISIANA SUPERDOME MAINSTAGE PERFORMANCE AT THE 2018 ESSENCE FESTIVAL® ON SATURDAY, JULY 7TH

(New York, NY) June 15, 2018—The ESSENCE Festival® is excited to announce that Queen Latifah will feature special guest multi-GRAMMY Award-winning rapper, singer, songwriter and producer Missy Elliott as part of her first-ever mainstage Ladies First performance set on Saturday, July 7th, at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, LA. Elliott’s previous Festival mainstage performance took place in 2015. Also joining the star-studded performance will be Remy Ma—whose recent return […]

ESSENCE LAUNCHES INTERACTIVE DAYTIME ‘CONFERENCE & EXPOS’ EXPERIENCE AT 2018 FESTIVAL

Interactive Programming Tracks Include Tech, Entrepreneurship, Beauty & Style, Community & Culture and More!  May 9, 2018 (NEW YORK, NY) – Essence Communications today announced that the 2018 ESSENCE Festival® presented by Coca-Cola® will debut ‘Conference & Expos,’ an expanded daytime community enrichment experience with a new slate of interactive programming.  Incorporating talks, expos, roundtables, workshops, podcasts and more, the Festival’s daytime experience will be a convening summit that delivers on […]

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