Essence Festival

Watch Janet Jackson’s Emotional Dedication to Her Late Father Joe Jackson at Essence Fest

As she closed out this year's Essence Festival in New Orleans last night (July 8), Janet Jackson gave an emotional tribute to father Joe Jackson, who died late…
Israel Daramola / July 9, 2018

Diana Ross to Open, Chance the Rapper to Close as 2017 Essence Festival Reveals Nightly Lineup

Making their first Essence Festival appearances, Diana Ross and Chance the Rapper will open and close the annual concert series, respectively, at the Superdome in New Orleans (June 30-July…
Gail Mitchell, Billboard / April 6, 2017

Missy Elliott Returned to the Stage During Last Night’s Essence Festival

Lucky fans in New Orleans last night were treated to a very special — and increasingly rare — performance from recent Super Bowl Halftime show-stealer Missy…
Brennan Carley / July 5, 2015