our essence festival experience



UFE-TV & TIME 2 SHINE RADIO ACCESS was granted to attend the star-studded cocktail reception for OWN’S upcoming show “Queen Sugar.” We had the best time networking, and took advantage of photo ops in the process. S/o to 135th Agency for putting together this epic event during Essence Festival.

OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network continued its “Queen Sugar” Essence Festival takeover with a Q&A on the festival mainstage — moderated by Essence entertainment director Cori Murray — featuring the cast and show creator Ava DuVernay; an inspiring keynote speech by “Queen Sugar” executive producer Oprah Winfrey; and a culminating cocktail reception at Legacy Kitchen, where over 200 industry insiders and tv personalities celebrated the new series.

“Queen Sugar” cast members Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Kofi Siriboe, Omar Dorsey, Tina Lifford, Dondre Whitfield, Nicholas Ashe and Bianca Lawson graced the red carpet at the reception, followed by DuVernay, Gayle King and Ms. Winfrey herself. Additional attendees included: Lynn Whitfield (“Greenleaf”), Tina Knowles Lawson, Richard Lawson, “The Real” hosts Adrienne Bailon, Loni Love and Jeannie Mai; singer Lalah Hathaway; “Love Thy Neighbor” cast Patrice Lovely and Darmirra Brunson; “Survivor’s Remorse” cast Tichina Arnold, Jessie T. Usher,  Erica Ash and Allen Maldonado; “POWER” cast Lela Loren and Joseph Sikora; “Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker; broadcast journalist/producer Soledad O’BrienBozoma Saint John (Head of Global Consumer Marketing, Apple Music & iTunes); Mona Scott-Young (Monami Entertainment); Stevie J (“Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta”); “Married to Medicine” cast Dr. Heavenly, Mariah Huq and Lisa Nicole CloudGocha Hawkins (“LA Hair”), Tameka Foster, American Idol’s La’Porsha Renae and so many more.

Queen Sugar” will debut as a two-night event on Tuesday, September 6 and Wednesday, September 7 at 10PM ET/PT on OWN. The series will regularly air Wednesday nights at 10PM ET/PT for the remainder of its 13-episode first season.

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UFE-TV MEDIA & TIME 2 SHINE RADIO ACCESS was granted into Aly Media’s event Stars & strikes. This epic event was hosted by Le Sanctuary Book club and a few celebrity friends. There were complimentry drinks and food for invited VIP guest in attendance. There was good networking throughout the event, with various vendors in attendance as well. We were glad to attend.

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NOLA Convention Center

The convention center in NOLA is where thousands of women and families attended from July 1-3, 2016. This place was packed wall-to-wall, and the sponsor and venders were racking up. There were tons of free giveaways, money machines, dance contest, panels, free gift bags, mini-concerts from various talent, and overall it was just an awesome time. The one thing that keeps us going back to Essence Fest is the networking opportunities, the talent, the opportunities provided, the concerts at the super dome, and bourbon street. This was out 4th year attending and we clearly plan on coming back every ear.

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UFE-TV MEDIA & TIME 2 SHINE RADIO ACCESS was granted into the “Believe” by Michelle Williams event during Essence Festival. We had plenty of photo ops, and this photo was all guest invited to this private event. The food was awesome, and all the ladies had the opportunity to network, and take photos with Michelle Williams. This is her new Bed-line coming to bedroom near you! Make sure y’all check it out and support Michelle Williams in her endeavors.

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