At this point, ESSENCE Fest is just a blur of music, people, surprises, no sleep, some food, and lot’s of purple.
Thursday through Sunday from 9am until whenever Charlie Wilson and ‘em decided to stop singing, I was in the midst of ESSENCE Festival and one of the funnest weekends of my life.
I was working 24-7 (I may or may not have gotten dressed in a cab. And I may or may not have taken a nap on the street…) so post-Prince, I don’t have a lot of footage to share but I DEFINITELY got stories! Like the time I wrote interview questions for Anthony Anderson and his new show “Black’ish“. OR the time no less than 4 girls threw their underwear onto Trey Songz (ew.) OR the time I took photos for ESSENCE Eye Candy. OR the time I was photographed for ESSENCE Street Style (why, I don’t know. I’ve been looking rough for days). OR the time Anthony Mackie showed up and no one cared. OR the time I got to meet and work with all the editors of ESSENCE Magazine. OR the time I got to publish two posts on ESSENCE.com!
Highlight of the weekend: PRINCE! (duh). Dude, Jesus wept because Prince sang “Doves Cry“. That’s all I’m saying…
Recommendations: COME TO ESSENCE FEST NEXT YEAR! Seriously, it’s 3-4 days of empowerment, networking, really cool people, and GREAT music! You may even meet a celebrity or two (trust me, Ja Rule was just walking around the convention center. Plus, they sit right next to you at the concerts) And if nothing else, you get to hang out in the Crescent City for a few days eating good food, listening to jazz music, and seeing some beautiful sights.
Don’t ever…: eat a beignet while wearing a black shirt. Learned that the hard way.
Fave concerts: Well, besides Prince obviously, Janelle Monae put on a great show. I was surprised by how active Charlie Wilson is (dude danced and sang for over an hour!) Nas had me too hype in the crowd. And The Roots took it back as did Erykah Badu. Poor Lionel Richie just couldn’t keep up. He looked like he had a good time though lol
Fave celebrity run-in: Erica and Warryn Campbell. Erica is one half of the gospel duo MaryMary. I saw them sitting as I was walking through the Superdome before the Prince concert. I just bent down and gave them both a hug! It was really random but they were really nice.
If you know me, you know working for ESSENCE Magazine has been my life goal since I was 11. I’m so humbled by this opportunity. And even though ESSENCE Fest is over, my work is just beginning. Stay tuned…
Check out my second vlog below. And look out for more videos and updates about life in New Orleans!