The 2019 ESSENCE Festival® presented by Coca-Cola, the world’s largest cultural, entertainment and empowerment experience and the largest celebration of global Black culture, convenes top world leaders, influencers and creators for its newly reimagined ESSENCE Power Stage. Free and open to the public, the ESSENCE Power Stage will feature conversations and keynote addresses with influencers and artists – plus a culminating all-star Gospel celebration with performances celebrating 25 years of Black women in Gospel music.

The ESSENCE Power Stage will allow audiences to take in a range of empowering conversations with today’s most influential voices, tackling key issues around politics, love and family, activism, wealth and more. For a full lineup of this year’s daytime speakers and artists, visit

Initial participants hitting the ESSENCE Power Stage are some of the most influential and legendary voices and performers, who represent our culture and community. **More participants to be announced.

Gospel Celebration:

Congresswoman Ilhan Omar                                                        Donnie McClurkin

Dr. Jess                                                                                     Mary Mary

Erika Alexander                                                                                                  Tasha Cobbs Leonard                                          

Jemele Hill                                                                                 Yolanda Adams

Mayor of Flint, Karen Weaver

Mayor of Atlanta, Keisha Lance Bottoms

Mayor of New Orleans, LaToya Cantrell

Mayor of Rochester, Lovey Warren

Mayor of Baton Rouge, Sharon Weston Broome

Marvet Brito

MC Lyte

Pharrell Williams

Reverend Al Sharpton

Teddy Riley

Terry Crews                                                      


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