The 2013 ESSENCE Festival will get unprecedented live coverage of headliners and news makers this year. The announcement was made today, May 20 by Michelle Ebanks, President, Essence Communications Inc. and Phil Griffin, President, MSNBC.
ESSENCE and MSNBC have teamed up to offer the coverage with MSNBC broadcasting live from the Essence Festival Friday, July 5, to Sunday, July 7.
“MSNBC’s live programming during the ESSENCE Empowerment Experience, from the heart of the ESSENCE Festival, underscores their commitment to broaden the national reach and impact of conversations with thought-leaders, politicians, authors, celebrities and artists who will address the critical issues facing our communities—especially those of people of color and women,” Ebanks said in a statement
“MSNBC is committed to community and conversation—everything the ESSENCE Festival represents,” said Griffin. “We’re proud to partner with ESSENCE to highlight the ideas and issues of value to our audiences.”
The ESSENCE Empowerment Experience Stage, the core of the annual Essence Festival, will feature icons, news makers, national leaders, activists, artists, entrepreneurs, celebrities, journalists, educators, and experts to showcase the many dimensions of the African-American community including a central focus on information to improve women’s day-to-day lives.
Beyonce, Maxwell, Jill Scott, Brandy, LL Cool J, Trey Songz, New Edition, Janelle Monae and Jodi Watley are some of this year’s performers. The Festival kicks off with Family Reunion Day on Thursday, July 4, and concludes on Sunday, July 7.
Sunday concludes with an all-star gospel tribute to Tramaine Hawkins and Donnie McClurkin during the day at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Beyonce will close the festival in the evening at the Louisiana Superdome.
For information about the 2013 ESSENCE Festival, visit www.essencefestival.com