Growing Hope at the ESSENCE Festival™


MSNBC returned to New Orleans over July 4th weekend to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the ESSENCE Festival™! We would like to extend our thanks to everyone who visited us at the Festival and shared their hopes for change in our communities.

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Check out videos from the event:

Melissa Harris-Perry, 7/5/14, 11:01 AM ET

How Essence Festival brings women together

Melissa Harris-Perry speaks to Essence magazine Editor-in-Chief Vanessa K. Bush about the Essence Festival’s goal to encourage women of color to think seriously and collectively about how to wield economic power.

MSNBC Live with Craig Melvin, 7/6/14, 4:46 PM ET

Tamar Braxton on her music and famous sister

TJ Holmes checks in with singer Tamar Braxton at the annual Essence Music Festival in New Orleans as she gears up for her performance. She discusses her experience at the festival and what we can expect from season four of her family reality show “The…

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Explore our past Growing Hope events at Taste of Charlotte, Sweet Auburn Springfest, Texas Southern University, and the Jazz in the Gardens Music Festival.

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Growing Hope at the ESSENCE Festival™