Essence Festival is the largest festival in the United States. The annual gathering in New Orleans helmed by Essence magazine had more than 470,000 attendees for its 2017 festival.
In previous years, Essence has also garnered huge attendance numbers: 425,000 (2016); 500,000 (2015); 550,000 (2014) and 540,000 (2013). The attendance numbers of Essence Festival makes it larger than Austin City Limits (450K); Lollapalooza (300K); Coachella (194K), South By Southwest – SXSW (85K) and Bonnaroo (80K).
This media personality traveled to New Orleans as part of the Essence Festival All Access team to interview some of the who’s who of entertainers and Hollywood stars on hand at the festival. In partnership with New Orleans tourism and their Soul of NOLA campaign, I spoke to a bevy of talent in a special one-on-one room in the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
Check out my interview Hollywood producer/director Lee Daniels and the cast of “Star.” I talk with the series stars Ryan Destiny, Brittany O’Grady and Jude Demorest about their new drama on Fox and working with Daniels, a man known for creating vehicles that earn actors awards and make them household names.
I also had “Star” cast members Destiny and O’Grady join me and media Influencer Satchel Jester in the Smirnoff 180 Photo Booth in the Essence Festival VIP. (Check out the action photo above.)