ESSENCE Festival® presented by Coca-Cola® announces additions to its incredible daytime line-up of the nation’s leading speakers, influencers and artists at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on June 30-July 2, 2017 in New Orleans, LA.

Attendees will be inspired and empowered to affect change in their communities while experiencing powerful content across four different stages: the Essence Empowerment Experience (EEE); Essence Beauty & Style Expo; Path to Power: Entrepreneurship & Business Conference and Essence Eats. Newly announced presenters include: Soledad O’Brien, Mary J. Blige, Mara Brock-Akil, Luvvie Ajayi, Kenya Moore, April Ryan, Sybrina Fulton, Tamika Mallory, Angela Rye, Dee-1, Tina Knowles-Lawson, Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillon, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and more. All sessions are free and open to the public. Register now by visiting

In addition, the Festival’s much-heralded annual Sunday All-star Gospel tribute—sponsored by Wal-Mart and honoring GRAMMY Award-winning artist Dr. Cissy Houston—will feature a variety of soul-stirring musical guests, including: GRAMMY Award-winning artist CeCe Winans, J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise, Jekalyn Carr, Chanté Moore and many more. See below for a day-by-day list of scheduled of presenters. *Artists and speakers are subject to change:

ESSENCE EMPOWERMENT EXPERIENCE: Conversations across the three days will serve as the intersection of passion and purpose, with powerful topics such as: Post-Obama: Our New Political Agenda; The Millennial Message; We Are the Human Race; #WokeWonderland and more:

FRIDAY, JUNE 30: Charles Divins (host); Soledad O’Brien; New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu; Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillon; Mary J. Blige; Tina Knowles-Lawson and Cheryl Creuzot; Kenya Moore; Phaedra Parks; Cleo Wade; April Ryan; Sybrina Fulton; Luvvie Ajayi; April Reign; Angela Rye; and others.

SATURDAY, JULY 1: Kristin Pierce (host); Ava DuVernay and Patrisse Cullors; Rev. Al Sharpton; Marc Morial; New Orleans Mayor Mitchell Landrieu; Congresswoman Maxine Waters; Dr. Michael Eric Dyson; Iyanla Vanzant; Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon Broome; Baltimore, Mayor Catherine E. Pugh; Mary Pat Hector; Tamika Mallory; asha bandele; and more.

SUNDAY, JULY 2: Hosted by television personality Cheryl Wills, the All-star Gospel tribute to Dr. Cissy Houston will feature: CeCe Winans; Anita Wilson; India.Arie; Bishop Lester Love and the City of Love; Tyronne Foster and the Arc Singers; Jekalyn Carr; Chanté Moore; Kelly Price; P.J. Morton; Gene Moore; J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise, Charles “Bam Bam” Belonge and more.

ESSENCE BEAUTY & STYLE EXPO: Hosted by television personality Zuri Hall, attendees will discover spotlight-worthy looks with tutorials from beauty icons, feast their eyes on the latest street style fashions, get custom makeovers and more! Presenters include: Tweet; India.Arie; Tina Knowles; Kim Kimble; Lion Babe; Chanté Moore; Mushiya; Ty Hunter; Vernon Francois; Razor Chic & Pekela Riley; Tahira Joy; and Beauty Bloggers MahoganyCurls, GlamTwinz, Ellaire, Yoshi Doll and more.

ESSENCE PATH TO POWER: Hosted by television anchor Sheba Turk, this stage (held on the second floor of the Convention Center) will feature inspiring experts, business leaders and speakers sharing valuable information including: Master P.; Kandi Burruss; Mara Brock-Akil; Carla Harris; Lisa Price; Bari Williams; Diishan Imira; Jessica O. Matthews; Monique Greenwood; Janice Bryant Howroyd; Angela Benton; Richilieu Dennis; Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche and others.

For a full lineup of this year’s daytime speakers and artists, visit

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