Essence Festival: TV One Out, MSNBC In

Don’t look for the “TV One Night Only: Live From The Essence Festival” this year on TV One.

The annual music and cultural festival usually packages some of its main stage performances from the Essence Festival with backstage interviews for a two-hour television special for those unable to make it to New Orleans.

After four years of partnering with TV One, Essence has announced a new partnership with MSNBC.

During its festival over the Fourth of July Weekend, MSNBC will provide viewers with three days of live programming. MSNBC hosts Rev. Al Sharpton, Tamron Hall, Melissa Harris-Perry, Chris Matthews, Alex Wagner, Chris Hayes, Ed Schultz and Joy Ann Reid will all be included in the broadcasts.

In addition to covering the festival, MSNBC will host a unique fan experience that will allow festival participants to join in efforts to strengthen and empower our communities.

Melissa Harris-Perry, Rev. Al Sharpton & Tamron Hall

“MSNBC’s live programming during the Essence Empowerment Experience, from the heart of the Essence Festival, underscores their commitment to broaden the national reach and impact of conversations with thought-leaders, politicians, authors, celebrities and artists who will address the critical issues facing our communities—especially those of people of color and women,” said Michelle Ebanks, President, Essence Communications Inc.

Headliners at this year’s Essence Festival include Beyonce, Maxwell, Jill Scott, Brandy, LL Cool J, Trey Songz, New Edition, Janelle Monae and Jodi Watley to name a few.

No word on whether MSNBC or any of their sister networks will air concert performances similar to how TV One did.

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