It’s that time again!
Yes, while everyone was out firing off fireworks and enjoying BBQ and family time, we were bracing one of the largest R&B festivals of the summer known as Essence Fest in New Orleans. With record breaking numbers of nearly 500,000 attendees pouring in to see over 80 performing artists and more than 120 speakers, authors, leaders, and celebrities, we can confidently confirm that Essence will always have July on lock in our opinion.
Although this was not our first year covering the event as a site, it was my first year covering it as Assistant Editor and I must say, it was absolutely incredible! To be able to see so many positive events come together behind the scenes and so many people piled in one place to see some of their favorites (and mine too) take the stage at one time was a great feeling. And not to mention, seeing so many positive black people in one building was a feeling like none other.
Now, I’ve been to New Orleans before for Mardi Gras back during my college days, but this was definitely a different experience. While I’ve covered many events on behalf of ThisIsRnB, this was my first time covering an event this large without our Editor close by. That being said, I was a little nervous, but mostly because I’m naturally a scary person lol.
While we are clearly an R&B site, I decided to take this trip (and every future event I cover) and let our readers experience as much of what we’re doing as possible. So, for Essence Fest, food was definitely included because you can’t go to New Orleans without taking in as much of the culture as you can. In addition, of course you’ll be able to get the details on each one of my nights at the biggest festival of the summer and thoughts on how it was executed.
So, without further adieu, read on for our recap of Essence Fest 2015!