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ESSENCE Festival of Culture will be back better than ever in the streets of New Orleans this summer. Megan Thee Stallion and Lauryn Hill will take center stage as headliners for this year’s concert celebrating 50 years of hip hop, per their announcement.

Hill’s performance will be a special performance given the 25th anniversary of her trailblazing album, “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.”

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Joining the roster is beatbox alum Doug E. Fresh and Jermaine Dupri with a host of special guests in honor of So So Def’s 30th anniversary.


“For nearly three decades, the ESSENCE Festival of Culture has been an international and joyful gathering that empowers community throughout the global Black diaspora. As the nation’s largest festival by per day attendance, it continues to be a crown jewel of Black culture,” said festival VP Hakeem Holmes. “[It] plays a pivotal role in the amplification and celebration of the contributions of the Black community through business, music, and more.”

He continued,

“As we gear up to celebrate the ‘50th Anniversary of Hip Hop,‘ we couldn’t think of a better way to honor the contributions the genre has made on global culture and the impressions that these artists and their deep musical catalogs, which we all know so well, have been ingrained into the fibers of our day to day lives.”

Coco Jones, Monica, and Wizkid are just a few of the names appearing on the stage with additional talent announced later. Actor Deon Cole, Spice Adams, comedian Affion Crockett and more are slated to be a part of the in-person and virtual experience as hosts.

Aptly called “Essence Fest” will take place in New Orleans Thu, Jun 29, 2023 – Mon, Jul 3, 2023, at Caesars Superdome.


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Emil Flemmon

Èmil Flemmon is the Managing Editor for the 360 Baseline Movement. The Atlanta-based editor, red carpet interviewer, writer, and photographer, has had a career spanning over a decade in the editorial industry. His work has been featured in Kontrol Magazine, The Atlanta Voice, Blavity, Aspire TV, REVOLT, The Jasmine Brand, and Where Y'at Magazine in New Orleans. His mission is to help journalists and publicists have better connectivity and relationships exclusively through the movement.

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