The largest global gathering of Black culture, informing, inspiring and empowering Black women since 1994, returns to New Orleans, Louisana this July 1st – 5th, 2020.

Enjoy Evening Concerts (from the mainstage to intimate performances in the Superlounges, see all-star collabs you won’t find anywhere else!), ESSENCE EATS™ (Add new flavors to your cookbook in live demos with celeb chefs and cooking experts. Get a taste of more than 50 ESSENCE Eats™ vendors and save when you dine at NOLA’s best Black-owned restaurants with Passport25.), Essence After Dark (After the evening concerts, hit after-hours comedy shows, live podcasts, and underground performances. Stay tuned for updates on 2020 performances, parties, and shows.).

Conferences such as:

Global Black Economic Forum (GBEF), where you can hear from pioneering thought leaders, innovative founders and global leaders in an intimate one-of-a-kind environment. Explore globalization and technology trends that will anchor new frameworks for multi-generational Black wealth across industries and continents. Network with other power players to create collaborations with long term impact for our global communities. 

E-SUITE, where ladies can learn to make major headway in their career in an intimate setting for senior-level women in business. Listen, learn, and level up! Plus, explore the online E Suite membership platform for more events, business development forums, mentorship, networking and more! 

POWER STAGE, where you can explore the topics that impact and inform our culture with powerful keynotes, panel discussions & interviews live with community leaders, politicians and pop culture icons.

Enjoy exhibitions including: 

BEAUTY CARNIVAL, Get glam squad approved! Celeb hairstylists, MUAs, and beauty influencers will take over Beauty Stage Live for tutorials, makeovers, product reviews, and hot topics in the beauty space.
FASHION HOUSE, enjoy a cutting-edge curation of runway shows, interviews, and pop-up shops brought to you by Black designers. Get expert tips to take your label to the next level!
WELLNESS HOUSE, grab a girlfriend, a green juice and ignite your inner well! Get fit and regenerate with massages, energy readings, and self-care conversations with health & wellness pros and practitioners.

MARKETPLACE, shop must-have apparel, accessories, beauty, books and more at an exclusive destination for Black-owned brands!

ENTERTAINMENT ALL-ACCESS, see interviews with your favorite stars live on Center Stage. Get a chance to meet them in the Fan Zone and see upcoming new releases before they hit your TV or local theater in the Screening Room!

For tickets & more info, click here.

When: Wednesday, July 1st through Sunday, July 5th

Where: Daytime programming will take place mainly at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center located in New Orleans, Louisana. Further location information & updates for daytime off-campus experiences are available here.

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