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(NEW ORLEANS, LA June 15, 2017) — The talent line-up continues to heat up for the 2017 ESSENCE Festival® presented by Coca-Cola®. The Festival will offer even more celebrity access, television and film sneak peeks and exclusive performances than ever before, rounding out the event’s daytime experience—which is free and open-to-the-public—taking place June 30-July 2 in New Orleans.

JUNE 30-JULY 2, FREE—ERNEST N. MORIAL CONVENTION CENTER:

IYANLA VANZANT

JADA PINKETT SMITH CONGRESSWOMAN MAXINE WATERS

AVA DUVERNAY
MARY J. BLIGE

REGINA HALL

REV. AL SHARPTON

QUEEN LATIFAH

MASTER P

ISSA RAE
TINA KNOWLES-LAWSON

CECE WINANS

JOHN SINGLETON

MARA BROCK-AKIL
LARENZ TATE

BRYSHERE Y. GRAY

MONICA INDIA.ARIE

MC LYTE

TWEET TIFFANY

HADDISH MICHAEL

ERIC DYSON

JAY ELLIS

XSCAPE

JOSEPH SIKORA

TA’RHONDA JONES

YVONNE ORIJI

LETOYA LUCKETT

CORY HARDRICT

BJ THE CHICAGO KID

ELLE VARNER

SYBRINA FULTON

PHAEDRA PARKS

EMILY ESTEFAN

DONDRE WHITFIELD

RUTINA WESLEY

CISSY HOUSTON

KOFI SIRIBOE

TINA LIFFORD

DAWN-LYEN GARDNER

BRANDON BELL

KIM BURRELL

KELLY PRICE GALLANT

JUDE DEMOREST

RYAN DESTINY

DEMETRIA MCKINNEY

BRITTANY O’GRADY

For more information, visit www.essencefestival.com, follow us on Twitter @essencefest #EssenceFest and become a fan of 2017 ESSENCE Festival on Facebook.

Sponsors of the 2017 ESSENCE Festival® include presenting sponsor Coca-Cola and major sponsors Ford, McDonald’s, State Farm and Walmart. Superlounge sponsors include Coca-Cola, Ford and Walmart. The All-Star Gospel Tribute is sponsored by Walmart.

For more information, contact:
Sheila Harris, ESSENCE, 212-522-1089 Bradford Bridgers, ESSENCE, 212-522-