THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY ESSENCE FESTIVAL WILL CONVENE TOP WORLD LEADERS, INFLUENCERS AND CREATORS FOR I
Daytime Experience Culminates With All-Star Gospel Celebration. WHAT: The 2019 ESSENCE Festival® presented by Coca-Cola, the world’s largest cultural, entertainment and empowerment experience and the largest celebration of global Black culture, convenes top world leaders, influencers and creators for its newly reimagined ESSENCE Power Stage. Free and open to the public, the ESSENCE Power Stage will feature conversations and keynote addresses with influencers and artists - plus a culminating all-star Gospel celebration with performances celebrating 25 years of Black women in Gospel music. The ESSENCE Power Stage will allow audiences to take in a range of empowering conversations with today’s most influential voices, tackling key issues around politics, love and family, activism, wealth and more. For a full lineup of this year’s daytime speakers and artists, visit essence.com/festival. WHO: Initial participants hitting the ESSENCE Power Stage are some of the most influential and legendary voices and performers, who represent our culture and community. **More participants to be announced. ESSENCE Power Stage: All-Star Gospel Celebration: Congresswoman Ilhan Omar Donnie McClurkin Dr. Jess Mary Mary Erika Alexander Tasha Cobbs Leonard Jemele Hill Yolanda Adams Mayor of Flint, Karen Weaver Mayor of Atlanta, Keisha Lance Bottoms Mayor of New Orleans, LaToya Cantrell Mayor of Rochester, Lovey Warren Mayor of Baton Rouge, Sharon Weston Broome Marvet Brito MC Lyte Pharrell Williams Reverend Al Sharpton Teddy Riley Terry Crews WHERE: Ernest N. Morial Convention Center WHEN: July 5 – 7, 2019 NOTES: In addition, the 2019 ESSENCE Festival® will feature over 80 performing artists, plus a daily line-up of diverse, can’t-miss enrichment and entertainment programming, Including the Essence Beauty Carnival, Essence Fashion House, Essence Wellness House, Film and Television Festival, and Global Black Economic Forum, among others. Register now for the many free ESSENCE Festival experiences at https://www.essence.com/festival/.