The Nation’s Largest Gathering of African-American Women Welcomes Tyra Banks, Misty Copeland, Patina Miller, Iyanla Vanzant & More to the Empowerment Experience Stage at the 2016 ESSENCE Festival

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Time Inc.’s (NYSE:TIME) ESSENCE Festival New Orleans announces its
star-studded daytime lineup for the signature event’s ESSENCE
Empowerment Experience Stage, taking place Fourth of July Weekend, July
1–3, 2016, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA.

Free and open to the public, the ESSENCE Empowerment Experience Stage
will feature conversations and keynote addresses with influencers such
as Tyra Banks, Misty Copeland, Cookie Johnson, Iyanla Vanzant, Terry
McMillan, Phaedra Parks
and Rev. Al Sharpton, plus
performances from Tony© Award winner Patina Miller, Travis Greene,
Tasha Paige Lockhart, Kierra Sheard
and Yolanda Adams, who
will lead an All-Star Gospel Tribute to the Clark Sisters sponsored
by Walmart. Additional speakers and talent to be announced soon.

“The ESSENCE Empowerment Experience Stage remains the heartbeat of
Festival weekend with its diverse and impactful programming aimed at
enlightening and inspiring our community,” said ESSENCE Editor-in-Chief
Vanessa K. De Luca. “The current social climate has brought to light
highly important issues, and we plan to continue these conversations at
this year’s ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans. Not only will our
programming emphasize topics such as love and relationships, personal
finance and entrepreneurship, but we will also take a deeper look into
our community’s most pressing political concerns to prepare ourselves
for the upcoming presidential election.”

In addition to conversations on the 2016 election, the Empowerment
Experience Stage provides a national strategy session for the day-to-day
lives of ESSENCE’s community of 14 million women. Talent will address a
wide range of topics, including: Creating Your Dream Business, Leading
with Purpose, Protecting Our Daughters & Sons, and Building Your Own

Last year’s successful “Hour of Power” will return to the ESSENCE
Empowerment Stage on Friday, July 1 and Saturday, July 2, when emerging
and established talent will perform roof-raising inspirational music.

The ESSENCE Empowerment Experience Stage offers curated content from
ESSENCE’s editorial team, extending conversations that have moved from
the page and screen to the stage. The daytime experience culminates on
Sunday with an all-star, soul-stirring gospel tribute to the
chart-topping group the Clark Sisters. For a full lineup of this
year’s daytime speakers and artists, visit

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Daytime and Nighttime events.

The 2016 ESSENCE FESTIVAL is executive produced by ESSENCE Festivals
LLC, a division of ESSENCE Communications Inc., and is produced by
Solomon Group. GeChar is the executive producer of the 2016 ESSENCE
Empowerment Experience.

Sponsors of the 2016 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans include presenting
sponsor Coca-Cola, major sponsors Ford, McDonald’s,
State Farm
, Walmart and official Beauty & Style Sponsor
ESSENCE Beauty Box.

About Essence Communications Inc.

Essence Communications Inc. (ECI) is the number one media company
dedicated to African-American women, with a multi-platform presence in
publishing, live events and online. The company’s flagship publication,
Essence magazine, is the preeminent lifestyle magazine for
African-American women, generating brand extensions, such as the Essence
Festival, Essence Black Women in Hollywood and Black Women in Music,
Window on Our Women and Smart Beauty consumer insights series, and ventures in digital media (mobile, television and VOD).
For 45 years, Essence, which has a brand reach of 14.2 million, has been
the leading source of cutting-edge information and specific solutions
relating to every area of African-American women’s lives. Additional
information about ECI and Essence is available at

About Time Inc.

Time Inc. (NYSE:TIME) is one of the world’s leading media companies,
with a monthly global print audience of over 120 million and worldwide
digital properties that attract more than 150 million visitors each
month, including over 60 websites. Our influential brands include
People, Sports Illustrated, InStyle, Time, Real Simple and Southern
Living, as well as more than 50 diverse titles in the United Kingdom.


Dana Baxter, 212-522-1634