Essence Fest marks 20 years in July with a kicked-up effort to empower its core community.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Essence magazine's Editor-in-Chief Vanessa Bush said reaching the milestone year was their chance to extend conversations started two decades ago and continued annually.
Bush says the festival is not just known for its musical performances scheduled each night in the Superdome. It's also known for its free Empowerment Experiences inside New Orleans' convention center where seminars are held covering topics ranging from finances and relationships to education and politics.
This year, the festival will offer a new initiative called Empower U where attendees wanting to extend the dialogue will get a chance to do just that.
This year's festival runs July 4-6.
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