Former First Lady Michelle Obama has been announced as a headliner for the 25th anniversary of Essence Fest of Culture in New Orleans. Obama will join already announced appearances from Mary J Blige, Missy Elliott and HER for the July 4-7 festival and conference.
“We are indescribably thrilled and honored to have ‘Forever First Lady’ Michelle Obama as a part of our 25th Anniversary ESSENCE Festival, which will mark our most exciting and extensive programming to date,” said CEO of Essence Communications Michelle Ebanks in a release.
The 25th anniversary event will be Obama’s first appearance at the festival and follows her successful tour in support of her memoir Becoming. Obama will sit down on July 6 at the Louisiana Superdome for an interview. In December, Obama graced the cover of Essence magazine and will contribute the monthly closing article, A Word, for the July/August issue.