Essence Festival

The ESSENCE Festival – the largest event celebrating African-American culture and music that draws an estimated crowd of 500,000 for four-day events (June 30-July 3) in New Orleans has added GRAMMY nominated female group Virtue (Ebony Holland, Karima Kibble, and Heather Martin) to their star-studded line-up. The sister trio joins previously announced contemporary gospel … […]

Kierra Sheard is honoring her mother and aunts by leading an Essence All-Star tribute to the famed gospel music pioneers The Clark Sisters. The tribute will take place at the 2016 Essence Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana, this summer. “I’m soooooooo excited to be honoring my mommy and aunties, #TheClarkSisters, at the Essence Festival! #essenceFest […]

The Clark Sisters will be saluted during the 22nd annual Essence Festival in New Orleans on Sunday, July 3. Twinkie Clark, Karen Clark-Sheard, Dorinda Clark-Cole and Jackie Clark Chisholm will be honored during Essence’s All-Star Gospel Tribute on the Empowerment Experience Stage. Essence has assembled some great entertainers to pay homage to the famed Gospel […]

Roland Martin and NewsOne Now bring you sights, sounds, and exclusive interviews from the 2015 Essence Festival in New Orleans.  India Arie Talks New Music, Addresses…

Usher made a bold statement with his attire at the Essence Music Festival this weekend. Not widely known for his political opinions, the singer appeared…

Ever since Meagan Good and DeVon Franklin jumped the broom back in 2012, folks have been critical of the Think Like A Man star’s outfits. While Good’s…

Missy Elliot wasn’t the only one to grace the 2015 Essence Music Fest this year. Yes, in what certifies the event as one of the hottest of the year, today saw the incomparable…

During this year’s “Essence” Festival, Roland Martin sat down with Lionel Richie. During their chat Richie explained how he got started in the music industry,…

Roland Martin talked with “New York Times” best-selling author, Terry McMillan about what she loves about “Essence” Fest, new book, “Who Asked You” and the…

Roland Martin talked with “Essence” Editor-in-Chief Vanessa K. Bush about challenges of being the voice of Black women. Bush also discusses how important African American women’s voices are in…

The artist known as, Prince, will headline this year’s Essence Festival in New Orleans, La. This years festival will be held from July 3 – 6. The Essence Festival has been held every Independence Day weekend since 1995, when it marked the 25th anniversary of Essence magazine. The rest of the lineup will be announced […]