Life + Style: 2016 Essence Fest

After years of hearing so many amazing things about this event, I finally received a chance to experience the Essence Fest! I will go on record to say that all of those awesome things that I’ve heard about this event are true and beyond. Not only was it my first time at the fest, but also my first time in the city of New Orleans. The food, the festivities, the complete ambiance of fun during this weekend….should be bottled up and sold. That pretty much sums up how my experience went that weekend.


Thanks to McDonalds, I got a chance to attend their 365 Black Awards gold carpet with front row access to celebs such as Tamar Braxton, Kelly Price, Jordin Sparks and this year’s hosts Amber Riley and Lance Gross.


During our busy press tour, we received a chance to eat dinner at the delicious Dooky Chase’s restaurant while having a very informative and intimate conversation with Kelly Rowland and the Verizon Wireless team. We laughed, we learned and we ate some of the best fried chicken I’ve ever had in my life!


What’s an Essence Fest experience without visiting the many amazing booths! I received VIP access to the Ford booth to test drive their latest vehicles. I must say that my entire family drives Ford vehicles and don’t plan on making that change anytime soon. So, I received a chance to let them know what to cop next lol! And the 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum is on the top of my list. Check it out!


 To place the icing on my weekend of fun, I…saw…Oprah. Yes, for the second time in my life I was honored with the chance to hear my idol speak in-person. She poured into us about walking into our purpose, being unapologetic for doing so and moving forward in life by honoring God. A must needed message to receive. I’m speaking it into existence here today, I will meet her one day.


All in all, I want to give a huge thank you to Ford, McDonald’s, Verizon and Essence for making my first Essence Fest a memory in my book that I’ll never forget. Can’t wait to do it all over again next year!

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