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May 01, 2014, 10:00 ET Legendary Hip-Hop Artist Nas Tapped To Headline ESSENCE Now Playing Concert Commemorating 20 Years Of ESSENCE Fest And 20 Years Of 'Illmatic'

 Legendary hip-hop artist and musical innovator Nas, whose critically-acclaimed documentary, 'Time is Illmatic,' was the hit of last month's...


Mar 27, 2014, 11:00 ET 2014 ESSENCE Festival Reveals Its Highly Anticipated Night-By-Night Headliners!

The annual ESSENCE Festival, now among the largest consumer live events in the country serving a community of 543,000, is excited to announce the...


Jan 08, 2014, 10:00 ET 20th ANNIVERSARY ESSENCE FESTIVAL July 3-6, 2014, New Orleans, LA

 ESSENCE Festival organizers today announced that programming for the leading cultural gathering of its kind will expand to 20 stages of...


Dec 18, 2013, 12:00 ET ESSENCE Kicks Off GRAMMY® Week with Its Star-studded 5th Annual Black Women in Music Celebration

ESSENCE, the preeminent media brand for African-American women, today announces its fifth annual GRAMMY® Awards Week celebration with the...


Dec 03, 2013, 08:00 ET 20th Anniversary ESSENCE Festival July 3-6, 2014, New Orleans, LA

 Influential, international superstar Prince will commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the ESSENCE Festival with a Superdome headlining...


Nov 22, 2013, 12:34 ET Time Is Winding Up! The Deadline For Submissions To The ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Short Film Contest: Spotlight On Our Journeys Is December 5th

NEW YORK, Nov. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/-- There's still time to become the next top filmmaker. On November 1st, ESSENCE invited aspiring...


Nov 07, 2013, 10:00 ET New Essence Study Reveals Insights On Media Portrayals Of Black Women: Understanding Images Of African-American Women In Society

 From primetime television to cable news, African-American women consume more media than any other comparison groups, and today, there is more...


Oct 30, 2013, 11:08 ET ESSENCE Wants To Know: Are You Ready To Be The Next Top Filmmaker?

ESSENCE wants to know: Are you ready to be the next top filmmaker? The #1 media brand for African-American women has chronicled Black women's...


Jul 31, 2013, 11:05 ET Vanessa K. Bush Named Editor-in-Chief of ESSENCE

 Vanessa K. Bush, award-winning journalist, editor and author, has been named Editor-in-Chief of ESSENCE, it was announced today by Martha...


May 20, 2013, 09:54 ET ESSENCE And MSNBC Join Forces At The 2013 ESSENCE Festival For Unprecedented Live Coverage During Fourth Of July Weekend

ESSENCE, the number one media brand dedicated to African-American women, and MSNBC, the premier cable destination for in-depth analysis, insightful...


Apr 18, 2013, 10:19 ET The 2013 ESSENCE Festival: There's Nothing Like It! July 4-7, New Orleans, LA

The ESSENCE Festival, the leading African-American destination for music, culture, community, empowerment and inspiration, is proud to announce a...


Apr 04, 2013, 10:15 ET The 2013 ESSENCE Festival: There's Nothing Like It! July 4-7, New Orleans, LA

The 2013 ESSENCE Festival, the 19th annual gathering of music, culture, community, empowerment and inspiration, is proud to announce its heavily...


Feb 11, 2013, 08:00 ET The 2013 ESSENCE Festival: There's Nothing Like It!

 On the heels of Beyonce's triumphant Super Bowl halftime performance, ESSENCE, the preeminent brand for African-American women, today...


Jan 15, 2013, 10:00 ET ESSENCE BLACK WOMEN IN HOLLYWOOD: THE POWER OF OUR PRESENCE

 ESSENCE, the preeminent brand for African-American women, will recognize the extraordinary achievements of Black women in film and television...


Jan 10, 2013, 10:00 ET ESSENCE Black Women In Music Puts A Spotlight On Breakthrough Female Artists During GRAMMY Week

 ESSENCE, the preeminent media brand for African-American women, continues its commitment to recognizing excellence and achievement during its...


Jan 08, 2013, 10:20 ET The 2013 ESSENCE Festival: There's Nothing Like It! July 4-7, New Orleans, LA

 ESSENCE's 19th annual gathering of music, culture, community, empowerment and inspiration has a brand new look and a new name. The new 2013...


Sep 05, 2012, 15:00 ET ESSENCE.com Provides Your All-Access Pass To New York Fashion Week Fall 2012

  ESSENCE.com, the daily online destination for African-American women, provides your all-access pass to New York Fashion Week (NYFW)...


Jul 12, 2012, 10:33 ET 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival Electrifies City of New Orleans With Four Days of Entertainment, Empowerment and Culture

Once again, the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival proved to be the place to be during Fourth of July weekend with 413,000 attendees from around the world...


Jun 18, 2012, 13:07 ET ESSENCE and Music Icon Chaka Khan Join Together for a Special Graduation Ceremony at 2012 Essence Music Festival

ESSENCE and 10-time GRAMMY® winning singer Chaka Khan, in a partnership with Verizon through its HopeLine program, will salute 33 women of...


Jun 18, 2012, 11:13 ET ESSENCE and Music Icon Chaka Khan Join Together for a Special Graduation Ceremony at 2012 Essence Music Festival

ESSENCE and 10-time GRAMMY® winning singer Chaka Khan, in a partnership with Verizon through its HopeLine program, will salute 33 women of...


Jun 12, 2012, 11:04 ET The 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival Presented By Coca-Cola Brings The "Power" To New Orleans July 5, 6, 7 & 8

 Every year over 400,000 people from around the world descend upon New Orleans for the only music festival that offers show-stopping...


May 22, 2012, 12:35 ET 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival Presents The Official Free ESSENCE Empowerment Experience Day-By-Day Line-Up

ESSENCE is proud to announce the official line up of the ESSENCE Empowerment Experience at the ESSENCE Music Festival in New Orleans this July...


May 17, 2012, 11:50 ET The 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival Officially Expands To 4 Days!

The heat will be on a day earlier at the ESSENCE Music Festival in New Orleans. Organizers announced today that the traditionally held three-day...