Essence Festival 2017 was exhilarating; packed with panel discussions, games, giveaways, and high-energy concerts.
Fashion editors, beauty bloggers, and celebrity stylists were present while the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center was filled with beauty vendors such as Palmers, Creme of Nature, Cantu, Olive Miracle, and Shea Moisture. Attendees at the Palmers booth received free samples, demonstrations, and prizes.
The daytime main stage featured performances by India Arie, John Legend, Rhonda Ross, Afrika Mamas, Junior, and Diana Ross. Saturday afternoon guests included Jazmine Sullivan, Monica, Ari Lennox, Jill Scott, Chaka Khan, and Mary J. Blige. Solange, Trombone Shorty, Chance The Rapper, and Ithwasa Lekhansela were at the main stage on Sunday, July 2, 2017.
Additional conference expos included the Path To Power: Entrepreneurship and Business Conference, Essence Eats, and Shops at Essence; featuringglobal vendors with African print apparel, framed art, paintings, and jewelry.
Hollywood actors and actresses were interviewed in the pressroom. Spike Lee and Janice Bryant Howroyd shared millennial career advice while additional cast members and comedians discussed their upcoming projects.
Also known, as the “party with a purpose” Essence Fest is a must-go event! To attend the 2018 star-studded weekend, check the Essence website and register for more details.
The talent line-up continues to heat up for the 2017 ESSENCE Festival® presented by Coca-Cola®. The Festival will offer even more celebrity access, television and film sneak peeks and exclusive performances than ever before, rounding out the event’s daytime experience—which is free and open-to-the-public—taking place June 30-July 2 in New Orleans.
JUNE 30-JULY 2, FREE—ERNEST N. MORIAL CONVENTION CENTER
IYANLA VANZANT JADA PINKETT SMITH CONGRESSWOMAN MAXINE WATERS AVA DUVERNAY
MARY J. BLIGE REGINA HALL REV. AL SHARPTON QUEEN LATIFAH MASTER P ISSA RAE
TINA KNOWLES-LAWSON CECE WINANS JOHN SINGLETON MARA BROCK-AKIL
LARENZ TATE BRYSHERE Y. GRAY MONICA INDIA.ARIE MC LYTE TWEET TIFFANY HADDISH MICHAEL ERIC DYSON JAY ELLIS XSCAPE JOSEPH SIKORA TA’RHONDA JONES YVONNE ORIJI
LETOYA LUCKETT CORY HARDRICT BJ THE CHICAGO KID ELLE VARNER SYBRINA FULTON PHAEDRA PARKS EMILY ESTEFAN DONDRE WHITFIELD RUTINA WESLEY CISSY HOUSTON KOFI SIRIBOE TINA LIFFORD DAWN-LYEN GARDNER BRANDON BELL
The 2017 ESSENCE Festival App is now available for iPhone and Android users.
Sponsors of the 2017 ESSENCE Festival® include presenting sponsor Coca-Cola and major sponsors Ford, McDonald’s, State Farm, Verizon, and Walmart. Superlounge sponsors include Coca-Cola, Ford and Walmart. The All-Star Gospel Tribute is sponsored by Walmart.