Saturday (July 6th)
Saturday of Essence Festival 2019 was simply amazing. We started our day at the Black Girl Podcast brunch where we watched the cast (Sapphira E., Bexx Francois, Alysha P., Scottie Beam, and Gia Peppers) record a live show while we sipped cocktails and dined on shrimp and grits.
The brunch was filled with beautiful women, empowerment and deep conversations.
Next up on the daily menu was a stroll through the convention center. It was a packed house with many celebrities around. From New Orleans' own, Toya Wright to Grammy award winning songstress, Monica; there were people everywhere enjoying the seminars, food and vendors.
Amongst the large list of celebrities to see was four of our 2020 presidentials candidates. Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren and Beto O'Rourke all spoke on the Power Stage in a segment called "Presidential Spotlight". The four candidates were allowed 20 minutes to speak and engage the audience.
After an eventful day and a brief nap, we moved on to the Superdome where we enjoyed performances by Musiq Soulchild, 702, H.E.R., NAS and many more. Closing out the night was Mary J Blige, who brought out special guest Lil Kim, and gave the sensational performance that we expected. While each artist's performance was first class, the highlight of the night was the one and only Michelle Obama. Interviewed by Gayle King, the former First Lady made us laugh, smile and charmed us as she gave details and inside information about her life, marriage to a president and living in the white house.
We ended our night a few blocks away at the Orpheum Theatre where one of Essence Festival's new series of night shows (Essence Festival After Dark series) was being held.
On stage was the always hilarious and spontaneous Mike Epps. After an hour of laughing until we cried, we headed home, happy and excited for what's to come. Of course, there's one more day and we can not wait to tell our readers all about it.
Photo credit: Camille Barnett and Kimmie Tubre