2016 Essence Fest: O-Mazing Oprah and So Much More!

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JULY 02: Oprah Winfrey speaks onstage during the 2016 ESSENCE Festival presented By Coca-Cola at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on July 2, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for 2016 Essence Festival) *** Local Caption *** Oprah Winfrey

“The energy of what you do, what you say and the energy of who you are goes out into the world, your home and into your relationships and that energy is always coming back to you. You’re responsible for the energy you put out into the world.”

This past weekend, Essence Festival was a scorcher! The annual music fest packed the streets of NOLA including the New Orleans’s Superdome and Ernest N. Morial Convention Center with fun appearances—-which included a first-time appearance by Oprah Winfrey who filled the convention center to capacity.  Other first time appearances included Mariah Carey, Tyra Banks, Misty Copeland and many more. Check out Oprah at Essence Fest on Essence.com.

This year, 450,000 attendees converged onto New Orleans this Fourth of July weekend for its annual cultural celebration featuring more than 100 performing artists and over 100 speakers. Recognized as one of the country’s largest live events, the 2016 ESSENCE Festival hosted more celebrities and performing talent than ever before, extended its reach worldwide by capturing a record-breaking 3.5 billion social media impressions and delivered over 100 hours of curated video and live-stream content.  The annual 4-day Festival, which took place June 30-July 3, features entertainment, empowerment, and cultural experiences during the day and the world’s best performers each night

Here are a few highlights of the 2016 ESSENCE Festival:

Toni Braxton, Wendy Raquel Robinson and Charles Tillman were among those Honored at 13th Annual McDonald’s 365Black Awards in New OrleansMcDonald’s 365Black Awards given annually to salute outstanding individuals who are committed to making positive contributions that strengthen the African-American community. 

The program launched in 2003 as an extension of the company’s 365Black platform, created to celebrate the pride, heritage and achievements of AfricanAmericans year-round. 

 

Actress and singer Amber Riley and actor Lance Gross co-hosts the 13th Annual McDonald's 365 Black Awards at the Ernest Moral Convention Center in New Orleans, LA on Friday, July 1, 2016.

Actress and singer Amber Riley and actor Lance Gross co-hosts the 13th Annual McDonald’s 365 Black Awards at the Ernest Moral Convention Center in New Orleans, LA on Friday, July 1, 2016.

Actress and honoree Wendy Raquel Robinson attends the 13th Annual McDonald's 365 Black Awards at the Ernest Moral Convention Center in New Orleans, LA on Friday, July 1, 2016.

Actress and honoree Wendy Raquel Robinson attends the 13th Annual McDonald’s 365 Black Awards at the Ernest Moral Convention Center in New Orleans, LA on Friday, July 1, 2016.

 

NFL Player and honoree Charles Tillman and daughter Talya Tillman attend the 13th Annual McDonald's 365 Black Awards at the Ernest Moral Convention Center in New Orleans, LA on Friday, July 1, 2016.

NFL Player and honoree Charles Tillman and daughter Talya Tillman attend the 13th Annual McDonald’s 365 Black Awards at the Ernest Moral Convention Center in New Orleans, LA on Friday, July 1, 2016.


ALMOST CHRISTMAS Cast Members Kimberly Elise, Jessie T. Usher, Keri Hilson & Filmmakers At The 2016 Essence Festival/ Photo credit; Getty for Universal

ALMOST CHRISTMAS Cast Members Kimberly Elise, Jessie T. Usher, Keri Hilson & Filmmakers At The 2016 Essence Festival/ Photo credit; Getty for Universal – The cast of ALMOST CHRISTMAS had a sweet potato pie face off with Chef Roble.


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Kiyah Wright, Celebrity Hairstylist and Clairol Professional Ambassador styling hair at MBIB Booth

 

Singers LeToya Luckett and Raheem DeVaughn at the My Black is Beautiful Booth at Essence Festival 2016.jpg/Photo credit: MBIB

Singers LeToya Luckett and Raheem DeVaughn at the My Black is Beautiful Booth at Essence Festival 2016.

Puckett currently stars in TV One – Here We Go Again, and is making  her movie debut in Lucky Girl, in her role as the legendary Dionne Warwick in an upcoming biopic,

Amber Riley and Jordin Sparks having fun at the My Black is Beautiful booth at Essence Festival 2016.jpg/ Photo red: MBIB

Amber Riley and Jordin Sparks having fun at the My Black is Beautiful booth at Essence Festival 2016.jpg/ Photo credit: MBIB

My Black is Beautiful (MBIB) kicked off their 10-year anniversary at Essence with a celebration of the best in beauty, skin and hair care for black women!  MBIB prides itself on providing women with a platform to share their unique experiences regarding hair and beauty, and to support them with the tools and information needed to feel empowered and beautiful – both inside and out.
MBIB offered skin and hair consultations at the booth.

2016 ESSENCE Festival presented by Coca-Cola attracted more than 450,000 attendees to New Orleans this Fourth of July weekend.  The annual 4-day Festival, which took place June 30-July 3, features entertainment, empowerment, and cultural experiences during the day and the world’s best performers each night.

 

 

 

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