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Published on June 30, 2023 by Sonya's Spotlight
[Top left: Ms.Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean; Top right: Janelle Monaé; Bottom left:, Slick Rick, Fantasia Barrino, and Taraji P. Henson;. Bottom right:Big Daddy Kane]

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Megan Thee Stallion performs onstage during day 3 of the 2023 ESSENCE Festival Of Culture™ at Caesars Superdome on July 02, 2023 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Marcus Ingram/Getty Images for ESSENCE)
[Top Left: Wizkid; Top RIght: Lil Wayne; Bottom Left: Sandra Denton and Cheryl James of Salt-N-Pepa; Bottom Right: Tems]
[Top left: Ms.Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean; Top right: Janelle Monaé; Bottom left:, Slick Rick, Fantasia Barrino, and Taraji P. Henson;. Bottom right:Big Daddy Kane]
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ON JUNE 30TH, VICE PRESIDENT KAMALA HARRIS, SECRETARY OF TREASURY JANET YELLEN, OPRAH WINFREY, TARAJI P. HENSON, AND MORE IGNITED THE 2023 ESSENCE FESTIVAL OF CULTURE™ PRESENTED BY COCA-COLA®

 ICONIC FEMCEE MS. LAURYN HILL HIT THE STAGE ALONGSIDE HIP-HOP PIONEERS IN A SET CURATED BY DOUG E. FRESH, INCLUDING BIG DADDY KANE, EPMD, KRS-ONE, AND SLICK RICK WITH SPECIAL PERFORMANCES FROM JUVENILE AND JANELLE MONAÉ
 Oprah Winfrey speaks onstage during ‘From the Page to the Stage and Beyond: A Discussion of the nearly 40-Year Legacy and Impact of The Color Purple’ during the 2023 ESSENCE Festival Of Culture™ at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on June 30, 2023 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Arturo Holmes/Getty Images FOR ESSENCE)
(L-R) Danielle Brooks, Fantasia Barrino and Taraji P. Henson attend the 2023 ESSENCE Festival Of Culture™ at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on June 30, 2023 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for ESSENCE)
Sheryl Lee Ralph speaks onstage during the 2023 ESSENCE Festival Of Culture™ at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on June 30, 2023 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Arturo Holmes/Getty Images FOR ESSENCE)
(L-R) Derrick Johnson, Rev. Shavon Arline-Bradley, Melanie Campbell, Ron Busby Sr. and Rev. Al Sharpton onstage during the 2023 ESSENCE Festival Of Culture™ at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on June 30, 2023 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images FOR ESSENCE)

Day two of the 2023 ESSENCE Festival of Culture™ presented by Coca-Cola® served attendees with unforgettable experiences from the debut of AFROPUNK BLKTOPIA™ and Beautycon: ESSENCE Festival of Culture™ Edition, to various impactful conversations on the Global Black Economic Forum™ Headquarters Stage. For the first time in the nearly three-decade relationship between the ESSENCE Festival of Culture™ presented by Coca-Cola® and the city of New Orleans, Louisiana, the event took over the entire Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Day two of 2023 ESSENCE Festival of Culture™ presented by Coca-Cola® wrapped with incredible nighttime performances by headliner Ms. Lauryn Hill alongside Doug E. Fresh, Juvenile, Janelle Monae and more.

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DAY 1

THE 29TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL KICKED OFF HIP-HOP 50 CELEBRATIONS WITH ESSENCE VENTURES EXECUTIVES, REMARKS FROM VICE PRESIDENT KAMALA HARRIS AT THE GLOBAL BLACK ECONOMIC FORUM™, AND THE FIRST-EVER AFROPUNK KREWE BALL

Robin Thicke performs onstage during the 2023 ESSENCE Ventures Media Upfronts at The Fillmore New Orleans
Mayor of New Orleans, LaToya Cantrell, speaks during the 2023 ESSENCE Festival of culture press conference at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
(L-R) Thasunda Brown Duckett, President & CEO of TIAA, Kamala Harris, Vice President of the United States and Alphonso David, President & CEO of the Global Black Economic Forum 
Doug E. Fresh speak during attend the Global Black Economic Forum’s Access & Economic Opportunity summit

New Orleans, Louisiana — June 29, 2023 — Day One of the 2023 ESSENCE Festival of Culture™ presented by Coca-Cola® kicked off in its forever home of New Orleans. Mayor LaToya Cantrell of New Orleans and ESSENCE Ventures President & CEO Caroline Wanga and the executive leadership team, kicked off this year’s festival with the annual press conference, starting the weekend celebrations with opening remarks highlighting the yearly economic impact of the ESSENCE Festival of Culture™ on the local New Orleans community. 

Celebrations continued throughout the day with the Global Black Economic Forum™, which featured an invite-only Access and Opportunity Summit at the Four Seasons, where members of The Biden-Harris Administration, including Vice President Kamala Harris, US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield, and Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Michael S. Regan, took part in discussions on issues ranging from the evolution of philanthropy to addressing inequity on corporate boards. 

The Summit engaged audiences on conversations around advancing equity and opportunity for Black communities across the country with history-making Black trailblazers, including  Hip-Hop icons and gamechangers Doug E. Fresh and D-Nice, CNBC Reporter and Anchor Deborah Helman and Ebony Thomas,respectively, Vice President of Partnerships & Engagement at Google Valeisha Butterfied Jones, and more.

Following the Summit, the 2023 Essence Ventures Media Upfront took place at The Fillmore inclusive of a State of Black Media panel discussion featuring Caroline Wanga, Essence Ventures CEO & President, Detavio Samuels, CEO of Revolt, and Travis Montaque, Group Black Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, as well as a special musical performance by Robin Thicke.

During the nighttime experiences, AFROPUNK made its debut at the ESSENCE Festival of Culture™ with the AFROPUNK Krewe Ball, taking the night by storm at the Joy Theater. Notable attendees included a performance by Durand Bernarr and DJ sets by LIL JODECI, DJ Chinua, DJ PR_CK, DJ B-HEN, and hosted by Ebony New Orleans. 

Stay tuned for additional updates, imagery, and event details from day two of 2023 ESSENCE Festival of Culture™ presented by Coca-Cola® as the events continue through July 3, 2023. 

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