Essence Festival

Essence Fest Marks 25 Years of Celebrating Black Culture

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Essence Festival, which draws thousands to New Orleans during the fourth of July week, is celebrating 25 years of bringing African American women of all ages together for thought-proving conversation and performances from top musical acts. Launched to mark the 25th anniversary of black-owned Essence magazine, the festival has become a yearly celebration to highlight excellence in business, fashion, entertainment, and, of course, music. It is a destination vacation for African American women, which was showcased in the 2017 hit movie “Girls Trip.” The movie —which starred Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, and