THE ESSENCE FESTIVAL OF CULTURE PLANS FULL RETURN TO NEW ORLEANS IN JULY 2022

Essence Communications, Inc., the leading media, technology and commerce company dedicated to serving Black women and communities, today announced the full return of the ESSENCE Festival of Culture to New Orleans from June 30 – July 3, 2022.

After pivoting to a virtual experience in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic, the ESSENCE Festival will host a fully live gathering for the first time in two years, celebrating the culture and resilience of the Black community with the theme “It’s the Black Joy for Me!”  In addition, with its strong digital performance – including a 65% increase in Festival content streams from 2020 (45 million) to 2021 (70+ million), the ESSENCE Festival of Culture will build on the global audience gained via its virtual programming to continue to deliver a comprehensive and engaging digital experience to attendees both live and around the world.

“The reimagining of the 2022 ESSENCE Festival of Culture in New Orleans – fully physical and fully digital – experience will be epic,” said Caroline Wanga, CEO, Essence Communications, Inc. “Given what we have collectively experienced over the last two years, the opportunity to convene and uplift in the spirit of culture, equity, celebration – and joy – is more of a privilege and honor than it has ever been. We look forward to our homecoming in the City of New Orleans and to strengthening our impact as a cornerstone of Black culture, entrepreneurship and economic inclusion – working always to serve Black women and communities deeply.”

The unparalleled live experience will include almost one million square feet of space for empowerment programming (networking, finance, career, wellness, fashion, beauty and more) at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, nightly concerts at Caesars Superdome and other entertaining and inspirational activations in venues across the city.  The Festival’s robust digital programming will include live streaming of select on-the-ground activities in New Orleans, as well as new and exclusive digital content and experiences created for the live and virtual audiences.

“We are elated to announce the return of the ESSENCE Festival to New Orleans in the Summer of 2022,” said Mayor LaToya Cantrell.  “ESSENCE brings so much to our city and our economy, and I can’t wait to see what this year has to offer. The City of New Orleans and the ESSENCE Festival are inextricably linked through our remarkable history and our steadfast focus on and commitment to culture, community, and economic inclusion.  We look forward to continuing this partnership to create an even deeper legacy of impact and inclusion for our city and for all who will join us in July to make this experience the best yet.”

Launched in 1995 as an event to commemorate the 25th anniversary of ESSENCE magazine, the ESSENCE Festival of Culture has since evolved into the world’s largest celebration of Black women, culture and communities.  Regularly convening more than 530,000 people annually over July 4th weekend in New Orleans, the ESSENCE Festival of Culture is now also the nation’s largest festival by per day attendance.

Additional details regarding the 2022 ESSENCE Festival of Culture – including ticketing, schedules, talent line-up, COVID protocols (based on recommended guidance from Public Health Agencies and the City of New Orleans), and more – will be released in January 2022.  Visit www.essencefestival.com for the latest information.

ABOUT ESSENCE COMMUNICATIONS INC.

Essence Communications is the number one—and only 100% Black-owned—media, technology and commerce company at scale dedicated to Black women and communities.  With a community of more than 31 million Black women, ESSENCE inspires a global audience through diverse storytelling and immersive original content rooted in Culture, Equity and Celebration.  The brand’s multi-platform presence in/ publishing, experiential and online encompasses its namesake magazine; digital, video and social platforms; television specials; books; and signature live events, including Black Women in Music, Black Women in Hollywood, Street Style and the ESSENCE Festival of Culture.

Rinna Beauty Debut’s New Lip Kit by Social Media Star and Runway Sensation Amelia Gray Hamlin

She’s strutted down runways, melted paparazzi lenses, and set Instagram afire with her precocious beauty and fearless style. Now, fashion and social media phenom Amelia Gray Hamlin is bringing her best life to home life for Rinna Beauty, the namesake cosmetic brand launched by her mother Lisa Rinna, a bold taste name in her own right. Hamlin, whose 1 million + followers span the world, will debut on Cyber Monday (Nov. 29)  the “Amelia Kit,” featuring lipstick, gloss and liner that reflect her attitude, allure, and attraction. The latest addition to the Rinna Beauty collection retails for $49 and is available exclusively on www.rinnabeauty.com. As part of Cyber Monday, Rinna Beauty will extend a 50 percent discount on all Lip Kits.

“My mom is so fearless in everything she does, and I wanted to create that spirit in my Lip Kit,” said Amelia, who has become a ubiquitous force on the runway (Dolce & Gabbana, Christian Cowan, Dennis Basso, etc.), glossy pages (Vogue, W) and the red carpet. Her lip kit, a part of Rinna Beauty’s ICON collection, includes the “Lil Extra” lip liner (0.2g/0.01 oz) in a neutral mauve tone; “Angel’s Kiss” lipstick (3.9g/.14oz) a lightly frosted bubblegum pink; and “Frost Bite” lip gloss (4ml/.14 fl. oz) a shiny frosted silver. “My style is chic, and I wanted to have fun with the names,” she said.

The “Amelia Kit” is the first collaboration Rinna Beauty has launched with Lisa’s family, but not the last.

“It’s a family business!” says Lisa. “Rinna Beauty is not a celebrity brand; it’s a cosmetic company rooted in quality, style, and individuality. I’m so excited to have my daughter join me in representing — and advocating— for something so meaningful. We’ve created a line of products that are vegan, paraben-free, not tested on animals, that use only the finest materials and ingredients, and which make people feel special.”

The Amelia kit joins the astonishingly successful collection of her mother’s lip kits, each of which has its own dynamic personality. Since its debut late 2020, Rinna Beauty has become one of the hottest cosmetic brands to launch. Its first products, the ICON Lip Kits, in Lisa’s signature nude shades, were immediate best sellers and crashed the rinnabeauty.com website several times. Lauded for their luxury formulas and packaging, Rinna Beauty is quickly becoming a front runner in the clean, vegan beauty lane. The brand has released several new shades/ incarnations of the kit through 2021, including the “alter ego” collection: Pinky, Kiki, Heidi, Sasha and Sabine.

Hosea Helps Historic Pivot For 2021 Holiday Events

Hosea Helps, Inc., in its 50th year of service, kicks off its 2021 Holiday Festival of Services with the Great Turkey Drop-off, followed by the Annual Thanksgiving Event. This year’s holiday events will be another historic first for the organization battling against the covid-19 pandemic. They will hold the annual Thanksgiving and Christmas food distributions one week before the holiday to better provide for families in need. This pivot allows them to distribute all of the fixings for a delicious holiday meal in time for families to prepare and serve on the actual holiday. The Thanksgiving drive-thru food distribution will take place on November 19, 2021, from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm in the Blue Lot across from the Georgia World Congress Center’s C building off Northside Drive, entering on Maple Street. By doing the holiday food distribution a week in advance, they’re empowering families by giving them time to prepare and enjoy a scrumptious home-cooked meal on Thanksgiving Day – No more frozen turkeys on the holiday!

This historic holiday event will be a two-fold holiday giving extravaganza. This is the first time in history that Hosea Helps will be receiving in-kind donations and distributing food boxes and supplies simultaneously. This year, Hosea Helps is working with a world-renowned service organization, which they will announce early next week, to kick off the 2021 Holiday Food Drive. This extraordinary group of volunteers will lead the charge in donating poultry, canned goods, pantry items, and household supplies. In addition, volunteers will be working both sides of the giving spectrum by accepting food drive donations from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and helping to distribute food boxes and supplies to families on the other side. Hosea Helps has never had so many volunteers that they could receive and distribute donations at the same time.

The Great Turkey Drop-off will take place on November 11, 2021, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Hosea’s corporate donors, Publix Supermarkets and Kroger, along with donations from the philanthropic community, including Simon Guobadia, will deliver turkeys to the new Hosea Headquarters located at 2545 Forrest Hills Drive, SW Atlanta, GA 30315 for distribution during this seasons Festival of Services that include Thanksgiving, Christmas, MLK Day.

“We are so excited and grateful that these volunteers committed to partnering with us to help meet the rising demand for food and supplies for families in need during the holidays. The after-effects of Covid and the shortages in the supply chain have caused a decrease in the availability of turkeys this year, ultimately driving the costs up too high for us to buy in large quantities. That’s why this year’s Great Turkey Drop-off  by our corporate sponsors and the donation drive by our volunteers is so important. We hope that these donations will help us fill the gap between our supply and the community need.”, says Elizabeth Omilami, CEO of Hosea Helps.

Participating families must register for the 11/19/21 Thanksgiving food distribution on the Hosea Helps website at www.4hosea.org to receive groceries and supplies prior to the event. For more information on Hosea Helps and its programs, visit the website or follow on social media @4Hosea. 

 

Hosea Helps Hosts The 2021 Great Turkey Drop Off on Thursday, Nov 11, 2021

 

WHO: Hosea Helps, Inc., in its 50th year of service, kicks off its 2021 Holiday Festival of Services with the Great Turkey Drop-off, followed by the Annual Thanksgiving Event. The Thanksgiving drive-thru food distribution will take place on November 19, 2021, from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm in the Blue Lot across from the Georgia World Congress Center’s C building off Northside Drive, entering on Maple Street. 

WHAT: Hosea’s corporate donors, Publix Supermarkets and Kroger, along with donations from the philanthropic community, including Simon Guobadia, will deliver turkeys to the new Hosea Headquarters located at 2545 Forrest Hills Drive, SW Atlanta, GA 30315 for distribution during this seasons Festival of Services that include Thanksgiving, Christmas, MLK Day.

 

WHEN:The Great Turkey Drop-off will take place on November 11, 2021, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. 

 

WHERE: 2545 Forrest Hills Drive, SW Atlanta, GA 30315 at 10am on the dock of Hosea Helps Headquarters

eBay Sneaker Drop w/La La Anthony, DJ Skee, and Jacques Slade Launches

Last week, eBay announced “The Sleigh Drop,” a new sneaker sales event that offers exclusive access to some of the world’s coolest collections. Throughout the holiday season, three renowned sneakerheads – La La Anthony, DJ Skee and Jacques Slade – will bring their impressive collections of rare kicks to eBay, where a sneaker is bought every 4 seconds. 

This series of drops kicks off with sneaker seller SoleStage listing 700+ pairs of highly-coveted kicks from DJ Skee’s closet, like the Air Jordan 1 Retro High Off-White and the Nike Air Yeezy 2 NRG Pure Platinum. New items from Skee’s collection will be released every Friday during the month of November. 

“This holiday looks really different, and these drops give sneakerheads access to highly coveted pairs that you can’t get anywhere else,” said Garry Thaniel, General Manager of Sneakers at eBay. “Supply chain challenges have reshaped the season, and shoppers are craving the rare, the unique and the hard-to-find, especially when it comes to enthusiast categories like sneakers.”  

eBay will continue to give the gift of grails throughout the month of December, dropping the personal collections of Jacques Slade on December 3 and La La Anthony on December 17. eBay shoppers can visit eBay.com/TheSleighDrop to browse the collections. 

eBay Sneakers  

Across the entire sneaker category, eBay has made buying and selling easier and more trustworthy for buyers – and charges no seller fees for listings over $100. The recent launch and expansion of its Authenticity Guarantee service ensures all new and pre-owned sneakers sold for over $100 in the U.S. are fully vetted and verified by an independent team of industry experts

Follow @eBay and @eBaySneakers on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, TikTok and Facebook.

 
By the Numbers

  • eBay’s sneakers category continues to grow at double-digit rates
  • A pair of sneakers is bought every 4 seconds on eBay 
  • Pre-owned sneakers are selling 15% faster, month over month, on eBay   
  • The women’s sneaker category grew more than 80% on eBay over the past year 

Source: Numbers based on eBay North America (U.S. and Canada) Jan-Jun 2021 sales data.

About eBay
eBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY)  is a global commerce leader that connects millions of buyers and sellers in more than 190 markets around the world. We exist to enable economic opportunity for individuals, entrepreneurs, businesses and organizations of all sizes. Founded in 1995 in San Jose, California, eBay is one of the world’s largest and most vibrant marketplaces for discovering great value and unique selection. In 2020, eBay enabled over $85 billion of gross merchandise volume. For more information about the company and its global portfolio of online brands, visit www.ebayinc.com.

ESSENCE DIGITAL COVER FEATURES ACTRESS ZAZIE BEETZ

ESSENCE’s hot new digital cover features Emmy-nominated actress Zazie Beetz who stars in the upcoming Netflix original film, The Harder They Fall. The stunning actress, who is as known for her loosely structured textured hairstyles and natural makeup as she is for playing “Domino” in Deadpool 2 and “Van” in the FX series Atlanta, looks resplendent in Versace, Giuseppe Zanotti, Alexander Wang, Lagos KSL and more. In the story, A Reluctant Star, she talks to ESSENCE’s Senior Entertainment Editor Brande Victorian about chasing excellence and not fame, choosing acting and being accepted in the entertainment industry so quickly:
  • The Rise of Her Profile“It was an adjustment in terms of what I felt I deserved and what I earned. I questioned whether I had earned my place yet. ‘Was I just lucky?’ That was very tortuous for me for a long time…”
  • On Choosing Acting“After I graduated, I was like, ‘I’ve spent so much time acting. I can’t not try it.’ I think after high school, I was like, ‘I can’t get trapped in this. What are my other things?’ And then I had an opportunity to see those other things–and I chose acting again…”
  • On Fame“The amount of people that are famous nowadays is so much more than 10 or 20 years ago, and there’s a much larger sort of gray space in terms of mid-fame, mid-level and B-list celebrity versus A-list celebrity. Sometimes I wonder, ‘Am I continuing down the path of no return?’ Like, would I want more? Would I not want more? But I’m speaking about it in terms of fame rather than artistry. What is arrival? I don’t really know, but I think there’s a lot more I want to do…”

SERAYAH UNVEILS NEW COLLABORATION WITH JESSICA RICH FOOTWEAR

Multi-hyphenate artist, actor, entrepreneur SERAYAH unveils her special collaboration with Jessica Rich footwear. Available today, shoe-lovers will be able to shop from Serayah’s hand-picked shoe selection from the Jessica Rich brand.

The Starz drama series, “Black Mafia Family,” actress Serayah says, “I absolutely love Jessica Rich Collection, and what better way to show that than a collaboration. Each piece I chose is a personal favorite and all-year-round must-have.”

Jessica Rich’s fearless footwear sets the tone for any occasion. The luxurious, high-quality heels can be seen on runways and at Sunday Brunch. Known for her signature, clear PVC heels, shoe lovers can’t get enough! In addition, Jessica Rich has been seen on many A-list celebrities including Kylie Jenner, Cardi B, Normani, Saweetie, Keke Palmer, Jennifer Lopez, Hedi Klum, Rita Ora and more.

For more information on Serayah x Jessica Rich Collaboration visit: https://jessicarich.com

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ABOUT SERAYAH

Serayah is a show-stopping trifecta of talent in Young Hollywood as a multifaceted actress, singer, dancer and entrepreneur. The rising superstar is best known for her breakout role of ‘Tiana Brown’ on FOX, iconic series “Empire,” and several other acclaimed roles in the space and television and film. Serayah is not only a talented, beautiful and intelligent actress but also an incredible music artist.

Over the past three years, Serayah has begun to flourish as a music artist, writing and co-producing her songs and videos. Her hot first single, “Driving Me,” released in August of 2017, was such an independent phenom that the producers of Freeform’s hit show “Grown-ish” decided to play it in Season 1 of popular series. Driving Me (+1.5M views) had so much traction it garnered radio play in both huge markets in Los Angeles and New York as all well as other major cities across the nation and caught the ears on shows such as MTV’s “TRL” and “Wild’ In Out”. Serayah also dropped her single “So Good” in July 2018, which also left fans wanting more music from the young and talented artist. As she prepares the release of new music leading up to her highly anticipated debut project, Serayah can be seen on the STARZ new series “BMF” produced by Curtis “50 Cents” Jackson this Fall and more. With her immense social following of millions and status as “One to Watch,” there are no limits when it comes to Serayah as she keeps soaring to the top on-screen and with her music.

Celebrity Stylist Shares How to Wash Swimsuits the Right Way

How can one make sure their bathing suits look beautiful all summer long? Unfortunately, essential summer items like sunscreen, deodorant, and tanning oils are the arch nemesis of bathing suits because it can cause colors to fade and increase the likelihood of normal wear and tear.

Celebrity stylist and fashion consultant in NYC, Amanda Sanders, recommends putting the bathing suit in a mesh bag and using a bleach-free detergent when you throw it in the wash.

For more summer fashion tips, visit Amanda’s site: www.amandasanders.com

Summer Sparkle: DSW Taps Chrishell Stause For Fun, Flirty Capsule

DSW is teaming up with actor, realtor and Selling Sunset star, Chrishell Stause on a curated capsule of footwear and accessories that will bring back high wattage glamour in a big way this summer. Launching today, June 17th, the Chrishell x DSW Collection features a selection of strappy heels, flats, metallics, whites and bold colors and tie dye accessories from various brands and designers, including Marc Fisher, Steve Madden, Jessica Simpson and more!
Known for her feminine, fun and flirty style, Chrishell ensured her collection was fashionable without sacrificing function, offering trendy as well as timeless options and a touch of her signature sparkle.
“I am thrilled to partner with DSW so I can show people how to get that designer look without the designer price tag. Shoes don’t need to break the bank to be amazing! As we get into the summer season, it’s time to start getting dressed up and back out in the world. “ says Stause. “Of course, you want to look great, but you also need to feel great to pull off the look! Even on casual days, wear at least one thing that makes you happy.”
The Chrishell x DSW Collection is available at DSW.com and all 500 store locations, the 10 piece shoe and accessories collection is all under $100 and ranges in price from $35 to $75.

ESSENCE Festival of Culture: Kickoff Weekend

ESSENCE Festival of Culture Presented by Coca-Cola kicked off over the weekend (June 25-27) and will continue July 1-4…all on ESSENCEStudios.com

Next weekend (July 1-4) the following performances+appearances will be available:Case Carl Thomas D-Nice, Ne-Yo and Amerie Davido DJ Khaled and Friends And more!

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – JUNE 26: In this image released on June 26, Caroline Wanga and Latraviette Smith-Wilson attend the Evening Concert Series during the 2021 ESSENCE Festival Of Culture presented by Coca-Cola at University of New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – JUNE 26: In this image released on June 26, DJ Traci Steele attends the Evening Concert Series during the 2021 ESSENCE Festival Of Culture presented by Coca-Cola at University of New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – JUNE 26: In this image released on June 26, Teedra Moses attends the Evening Concert Series during the 2021 ESSENCE Festival Of Culture presented by Coca-Cola at University of New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – JUNE 26: In this image released on June 26, HaSizzle attends the Evening Concert Series during the 2021 ESSENCE Festival Of Culture presented by Coca-Cola at University of New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – JUNE 26: In this image released on June 26, Lucky Daye attends the Evening Concert Series during the 2021 ESSENCE Festival Of Culture presented by Coca-Cola at University of New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – JUNE 26: In this image released on June 26, Tank performs onstage at the Evening Concert Series during the 2021 ESSENCE Festival Of Culture presented by Coca-Cola at University of New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images)

ESSENCE FESTIVAL OF CULTURE PRESENTED BY COCA-COLA ANNOUNCES 2021 VIRTUAL DAYTIME AND NIGHTTIME LINE-UP

ESSENCE, the leading and only 100% Black-owned media, technology and commerce company at scale dedicated to Black women and communities, announces its daytime and nighttime schedule for its virtual 2021 ESSENCE Festival of Culture Presented by Coca-Cola—the world’s largest cultural, entertainment and empowerment experience. With the theme “Live Loud,” ESSENCE curated an invaluable hybrid experience that offers the best of in-person and virtual worlds via a celebration of the resilience, power and achievement of Black communities and the omnipresence of our culture. Under strict adherence to guidance from local health agencies, ESSENCE produced live-to-tape activations in early June available only to New Orleans and Louisiana residents honoring essential workers and first responders. As a result, the entire Festival will present a “taste of New Orleans” with a full schedule of can’t-miss content centered around culture, equity and celebration—and a tribute to the city that the Festival has always called home.

It will be broadcast on ESSENCEStudios.com and ESSENCE.com–Friday-Sunday over two weekends, June 25-27 and July 2-4. In addition, for the first time, this year’s Festival will host a live Verzuz battle to remember on Thursday, July 1, with soon to be announced guests. For more details, visit ESSENCE.com.

The Festival’s virtual programming will include powerful daytime interactive sessions and star-studded evening concerts and connections. The star-studded lineup will feature performances by: Jazmine Sullivan, DJ Khaled & Friends, Ne-Yo, Amerie, Tank, Kirk Franklin, Davido, Lucky Daye, Carl Thomas, D-Nice and more. The Festival’s powerful interactive sessions will also showcase leading voices throughout the two weekends including: Mary J. BligeAngela Yee, Michelle Williams, Adrienne Bailon, Sarah Jakes RobertsTracy G., Tiana Major9, Big Freedia, Miss Lawrence, Supacent, Shantrelle P. Lewis, Jesseca Dupart and more. See below for highlights across the two weekends: 

THURSDAY, JULY 1: 

  • ESSENCE Dear Black Men (6 PM-8 PM): ESSENCE Studios presents Dear Black Men—an all-male summit that salutes the contributions of our brothers who speak vulnerably about their respective experiences as family men, community advocates and leaders of this generation.  
  • ESSENCE Festival Verzuz Battle (LIVE at 8 PM-10 PM) 

FRIDAYS: 

  • PITCH, Please! New Voices Pitch Competition (3 PM-4 PM EST): Tune in to PITCH PLEASE!, powered by Pull Up for Change’s Impact Fund and the New Voices Foundation to watch up-and-coming Black women-owned beauty brands make their pitch to change the beauty business game! During this pitch competition, eight Black women founders will compete for cash prizes ranging from $10,000 to $100,000, plus valuable business coaching to launch and execute or grow and scale their beautiful entrepreneurial dreams.
  • Coca-Cola Juke Joint Kick Off with D-Nice (6/25 ONLY 5:30pm-6pm EST) : D-Nice kicks off the party with a set of our favorite songs from New Orleans at the historic Howling Wolf Venue.
  • ESSENCE Beauty Carnival [6 PM-10 PM (ET)]: Enjoy presentations from industry insiders and top brands on makeup, skin, body, and hair care that provide a fresh perspective on caring for and embracing the hair and skin you’re in. Speakers include: Adrienne Houghton, Melyssa Ford, Claudia Jordan, LisaRaye, Supacent, Miss Lawrence, Big Freedia, Demetria Lucas, India.Arie, Tina Knowles and more.
  • ESSENCE GU After Dark [10PM-11 PM (ET)]: Tune in for music curated by ESSENCE’s Girls United brought to you by your favorite rising stars. Featuring performances by Raiche, Tayla Parx & Makenzie and also a world premiere music video by MuMu Fresh.

SATURDAYS:

  • Wealth & Power [1 PM-5 PM (ET)]: Discover how to be an agent of change during this virtual town hall. Topics include tools for investing, business, entrepreneurship, policy, voting and more. Speakers include: June Ambrose, Jemele Hill, Tamika Mallory, New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell, Angela Yee, D-Nice and others.  In addition, watch a  special segment featuring our Black Female Mayors.
  • Entertainment All-Access [5 PM-7 PM (ET)]: Catch your Hollywood faves in Q&A’s and be the first to watch exclusive sneak peeks of the hottest upcoming releases! With appearances by: Gina Torres, Lil Rel, Yvonne Orji, Yandy Smith, Mary J. Blige and more.
  • Evening Concert Series [7 PM-10:30 PM (ET)]: ESSENCE® is giving you Saturday Night Vibes with our legendary evening concert series with a must-see lineup (*scroll down for talent line-up.)

SUNDAYS:

  • ESSENCE Wellness House [10 AM-1 PM (ET)]: A multi-faceted collective of self-care resources for you! Through our curated sessions, you will walk away equipped with the resources to prioritize your nutrition, spirit, relationships, and more.
  • Get Lifted Gospel Sunday Celebration [1 PM-3 PM (ET)]: Get your spirits lifted as the annual all-star Gospel tribute hits your screen for two Sundays back to back! Tune in for powerful words of praise by your favorite spiritual leaders and music by your favorite gospel artists. Performances by Kirk Franklin & Friends, Israel Houghton and more.

WEEK 1 (Saturday Evening Concert Line-up): 

SATURDAY, 6/26: 

  • Ha Sizzle 
  • Teedra Moses 
  • KES 
  • Lucky Daye 
  • Tank 
  • Jazmine Sullivan 

WEEK 2 (Saturday Evening Concert Line-up): 

SATURDAY, 7/3: 

  • Case 
  • Carl Thomas 
  • D-Nice, Ne-Yo and Amerie 
  • Davido 
  • DJ Khaled and Friends 

*Artists and schedules are subject to change. 

For more information, pick up the July/August “ESSENCE Festival of Culture” split-cover issue, featuring headliner Jazmine Sullivan on the cover. To register or for a full line-up, visit www.essencefestival.com. Join the conversation via social @EssenceFest. The ESSENCE Festival of Culture Presented by Coca-Cola® is executive produced by ESSENCE Festivals LLC, a division of ESSENCE Communications Inc. Sponsors of the 2021 ESSENCE Festival of Culture® include presenting sponsor Coca-Cola and major sponsors Estée Lauder, Ford, Johnson & Johnson, McDonald’s, Procter & Gamble (P&G) and Walmart as well as premium sponsors AT&T, Disney and UnitedHealthcare.