As 2016 comes to a close I was thinking of my favorite moments of the year and Essence Festival 2016 was MOST DEFINITELY in my top 5. New Orleans is already one of my favorite places to visit, because the culture and energy of city pulls out the best in everyone, and when you add in the food and the “family reunion” feel of the festival; there’s a new level of euphoria that takes over.
Last year I sat in literal tears as Oprah…YES OPRAH WINFREY.. spoke to my life and poured inspiration into every single soul in a seat in the convention center. Every time I think about those moments I get chills, and even Mother O admitted that Essence Festival was one big family reunion, which means it’s pretty much the holy grail when it comes to celebrating blackness. Besides the concerts, food, genuine laughs I shared with my girls, there was also the experience of seeing a live taping of the The Real and getting a chance to be extras in Will Packer’s forthcoming movie starring Queen Latifah, Regina Hall and Jada Pinkett-Smith. This wasn’t my first time attending Essence Festival, but it damn sure wasn’t going to be my last.
Who really knows what is in store for us within these next few months with our new “President-elect”? What we do know is, a celebration of blackness will be needed for sure come July 2017. Essence released their 2017 lineup and it’s LIT (are we leaving “lit” in 2016 or no?) ! Tickets will begin to go on sale December 16th and the actual festival will be June 30 – July 2.
First off, DIANA ROSS!! WHO’S THE BOSS?
MARY J. BLIGE
And many more! Head over to the Essence Festival website to see the rest, but I’m convinced and I am already packing my bags! See ya in the NOLA!
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