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ESSENCE Magazine Highlights Essence Music Festival


On Monday, June 4 representatives from ESSENCE magazine visited the New York Stock Exchange to highlight the upcoming ESSENCE Music Festival, June issue of ESSENCE magazine, Black Music Month and ESSENCE Music Festival artist Ledisi (Grammy nominated singer /author of Better Than Alright: Finding Peace, Love & Power). In honor of the occasion, ESSENCE General Manager Joy Colins, ESSENCE Magazine Editor in Chief Constance C. R. White and ESSENCE Music Festival Artist Ledisi rang The Opening BellSM.

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About Essence Music Festival
Now in its 18th year, the ultimate destination for entertainment and inspiration hosted over 422,000 attendees last year. What began in 1995 as a one-time event to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of ESSENCE magazine has now grown into one of the country's "Top 10 Leading Brand Events" by Advertising Age.  The ESSENCE Music Festival is the nation's largest annual gathering of African-American music and culture.  Throughout its history, the Festival has featured an array of performers including Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys, Al Green, Beyoncé, Chaka Khan, Destiny's Child, Earth, Wind & Fire, Gladys Knight, LL Cool J, Jamie Foxx, John Legend, The Isley Brothers, Lionel Richie, Luther Vandross, Maxwell, The O'Jays, Prince, Rihanna, Stevie Wonder, Toni Braxton, Patti LaBelle and Yolanda Adams, among others. The festival will take place in New Orleans July 5-8 at the Superdome.

For information about ESSENCE MUSIC FESTIVAL, visit www.essencemusicfestival.com and follow us on Twitter @essencemusic #EssenceFest and become a fan of 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival on Facebook.

About Essence Communications Inc.
Essence Communications Inc. (ECI) is the number one media company dedicated to African-American women, with a multi-platform presence in publishing, live events, and online.  The company’s flagship publication, ESSENCE magazine, is the preeminent lifestyle magazine for African-American women; generating brand extensions such as the Essence Music Festival, ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood and Black Women in Music, Window on Our Women and Smart Beauty consumer insights series, the Essence Book Club, Essence.com, and ventures in digital media (mobile, television and VOD). For 42 years, ESSENCE, which has a brand reach of over 8 million, has been the leading source of cutting-edge information and specific solutions relating to every area of African-American women’s lives.  Additional information about ECI and ESSENCE is available at www.essence.com.

About Ledisi
ESSENCE Music Festival artist Ledisi—who has been described as having a mix of Tina Turner's energy, Nina Simone's brilliance, and Ella Fitzgerald's range—is a multiple Grammy nominee who has quickly connected with ESSENCE readers because of her authenticity and tenacity to strive for success on her own terms. ESSENCE recently partnered with the powerhouse artist to share the moments that have led the singer to a greater sense of self, purpose and peace in the upcoming book, Better Than Alright: Finding Peace, Love & Power (published by Time Home Entertainment Inc.) Ledisi’s Better Than Alright is filled with 176 pages of the singer's personal photos, quotes, lyrics and richly detailed stories of the musician’s journey to acceptance of her beauty, talent and power. Fans of the singer’s anthems such as “Pieces of Me” and “Bravo”—Ledisi’s recently released single—will enjoy the uplifting and colorful tone of this book. Better Than Alright hits bookstores nationwide on Tuesday, June 5th. For more details visit essence.com/betterthanalright.