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Janet Jackson, Nicki Minaj, Jazmine Sullivan set to headline ‘Essence’ Fest

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ESSENCE has revealed the lineup for its 27th Essence Festival of Culture this year, and with stars like Janet JacksonNicki MinajJazmine Sullivan performing, the event will surely be one not to miss.

“This is Not a Drill ESSENCE FEST has returned to NOLA with an All-Star lineup that literally can’t be touched!,” ESSENCE wrote in an Instagram announcement.

ESSENCE  called upon some of the culture’s biggest, most influential names to help celebrate this year’s theme, “It’s the Black Joy for Me.” Kevin HartSummer WalkerNew EditionThe Isley Brothers and The Roots and Friends are among the long list of celebs who will be in attendance at the annual concert series.

After hosting the event virtually the last two years, the highly anticipated ESSENCE Festival kicks off live and in person this year from June 30-July 3 in New Orleans.

Over the course of four days, festival-goers will have the opportunity to enjoy good food and free daytime experiences, take advantage of career advancement workshops and of course, witness Black joy live, by way of the many musical performances.

“As the nation’s largest festival by per day attendance, the ESSENCE Festival of Culture is a staple that celebrates community and empowers equity. We are excited to welcome the family back live to New Orleans and thrilled to connect with more of our diasporic family through new digital experiences,” said ESSENCE CEO Caroline Wanga.

Additional talent and experiences will be announced soon. Tickets for the festival are on sale now at

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