If you’re like my cousin Shambrica, you attend the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans yearly. And if you’re anything like my mother, you’ll be happy to know that Lionel Richie, Mary J. Blige, and Erykah Badu have been added to the list of performers that can be expected to hit the stage over the Fourth of July weekend extravaganza.
The new list of performers join the ranks of previously announced artists Jill Scott, Ledisi, 112, Sevyn Streeter, and Naughty by Nature — just to name a few.
This year’s headliner will be non other than the ageless icon Prince himself.
Gospel star Yolanda Adams will be honored with an all-star tribute at Essence’s Empowerment Experience, which will be hosted by Donnie McClurkin and count Rev. Al Sharpton, with Steve Harvey and Iyanla Vanzant among the participants.
Tickets for the event are available to purchase on essence.com.