This year, ESSENCE celebrates 20 incredible years of music, culture, community, empowerment and inspiration through their iconic annual Essence Festival. There’s always been four days each summer that no one can duplicate. There’s nothing like the Essence Festival!
Anyone who attends the festival will testify that this experience is nothing short of thrilling, sensational, and wondrous. If the headlining line-up of Grammy-award winners who are performing isn’t enough to convince you that your presence is needed, here’s five more reasons why you should attend the Essence Festival this year.
Networking & Culture. I had the pleasure of attending the festival last year and beyond being simply delighted to be in such beautiful city, I met so many powerful young men and women. From all the locals who take pride in giving us the best NOLA experience possible, to that girl I met from London rocking the flyest maxi dress ever and was totally ready for my street style photo series–there’s plenty to see and feel!
Delicious grub. I am certain that I gained at least 12 pounds that weekend. Everything is dipped in batter and fried to perfection (even the oreo cookies), and it’s nearly impossible to pass up those scrumptious beignets. Jesus made them with love and I would argue that they are sprinkled with magic fairy dust! I suggest that you make that the first place you stop once you land in New Orleans.
Inspiration. This is probably the best part of the weekend and the one part that you must witness for yourself. Once you enter the conference, there’s all kinds of “girl, get ya life” moments that will occur. This year you can take your pick from Alicia Keys, to Congresswoman Maxine Waters, to the incomparable T.D. Jakes. How’s that for a mega-church service?!
Throwbacks. When will you ever be able to see 112, Amel Larrieux, Doug E Fresh, Eve, Jagged Edge, Naughty by Nature, Stephanie Mills, and Tevin Campbell perform all in one weekend…under the same roof. And just think, I left out a few names!
Legendary Icons. One word. PRINCE! Ok, three words. Prince. Is. Performing! I think I have waited my entire life to be able to afford a Prince ticket and the time has finally come. Can you beauties imagine the kind fun that will be had on Friday night? Prepare to have a concert-induced case of laryngitis.
think know I’ve given you more than enough reasons to attend this year. Be sure to visit the Essence Festival site for all things fabulous for the weekend! Plus follow @HelloBeautiful on Twitter and @HelloBeautifulOfficial on Instagram for exclusive updates from the scene!
Check out this year’s amazing line up of performers in the gallery below!
2014 Essence Festival Line-Up [PHOTOS]
1. See Who's Performing At The 2014 Essence Music Fest1 of 47
2. Prince2 of 47
3. EPIC!! Prince Billboard Awards 2013 Performance LIVE (BBMAS 2013)3 of 47
4. Eve4 of 47
5. Eve - "Gotta Man" Live (1999)5 of 47
6. Elle Varner6 of 47
7. FEETV: Elle Varner- 'Sound Proof Room' Live7 of 47
8. 1128 of 47
9. 112 - Cupid (Artist Spotlight on Planet Groove)9 of 47
10. Erykah Badu "On & On" + "...& On" Live at Red Bull Music Academy Madrid10 of 47
11. Jill Scott11 of 47
12. Jill Scott - He Loves Me Live - 200112 of 47
13. Mary J. Blige13 of 47
14. Mary J. Blige "No More Drama"14 of 47
15. Stephanie Mills15 of 47
16. Stephanie Mills "I Feel Good All Over/Feel The Fire"16 of 47
17. The Original Pinettes Brass Band17 of 47
18. The Original Pinettes Brass Band 3-23-201218 of 47
19. Sevyn Streeter19 of 47
20. Sevyn Streeter "It Won't Stop"20 of 47
21. Sebastian Mikael21 of 47
22. Sebastian Mikael "We Are One"22 of 47
23. Robert Glasper23 of 47
24. Robert Glasper Experiment - Smells Like Teen Spirit (Live on KEXP)24 of 47
25. Raheem DeVaughn Live Performance of "Guess Who Loves You More" & "Until"25 of 47
26. PJ Morton26 of 47
27. PJ Morton - Love You More (Live)27 of 47
28. Naughty By Nature28 of 47
29. Naughty By Nature - Hip Hop Hooray (live 1993) Part II29 of 47
30. Marsha Ambrosious30 of 47
31. Marsha Ambrosious "Butterflies" Acoustic31 of 47
32. Liv Warfield32 of 47
33. Liv Warfield Live Performance, "Waiting," 10.10.0833 of 47
34. Leela James My Joy Live34 of 47
35. Kourtney Heart35 of 47
36. Kourtney Heart Live at Essence Festival 201336 of 47
37. King37 of 47
38. KING Performs "Hey"38 of 47
39. Doug E Fresh and The Get Fresh Crew 1989 at the Apollo39 of 47
40. Big Sam's Funky Nation40 of 47
41. Big Sam's Funky Nation • Big Ole Booty41 of 47
42. Amel Larrieux - Tell Me42 of 47
43. Charlie Wilson43 of 47
44. Charlie Wilson Performs "Outstanding"44 of 47
45. Ledisi - In The Morning - Live Concert - 2013 [AMAZING]45 of 47
46. Lionel Richie46 of 47
47. Lionel Richie - All Night Long Live 1984 Can't Slown Down Tour47 of 47