Monday, January 18, 2021

2015 Essence Festival Honors Black Lives Matter Movement

sabrina fulton*The Black Lives Matter movement will be among the topics of discussion at this year’s Essence Festival as Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, will be on hand to speak at the annual four-day event.

Fulton will deliver the keynote address at the Essence Empowerment Experience. In addition to Fulton, the Empowerment Experience will include a prayer vigil and a Mayor’s Panel featuring representatives from communities around the country.

“There are so many moms like Sybrina Fulton who have figured out how to bring positive outcomes out of tragedy and we want to highlight that,” Vanessa K. De Luca, Essence’s Editor-in-Chief, told the Post.

The Empowerment Experiment is among the programs that will be held at the Essence Festival. The annual event, which celebrated its 20th anniversary last year with more than 500,000 people, will take place July 2-5 in New Orleans, La.

In light of recent issues affecting the black community in the last year, the festival will take a serious note as it holds a “Peace, Power and Purpose Rally and examines the purpose behind the Black Lives Matter movement.

“This is a moment where we really have an opportunity to serve our community in a very different way and we’re taking it,” De Luca, said. “What better place than the festival to bring harsh conversations to light and deliver solutions?”

The purpose of the rally is to garner support and raise awareness of issues facing black women, black men and their families, according to The Huffington Post.

Those expected to attend the festival include Iyanla Vanzant, Donna Brazile, the Rev. Al Sharpton, Deepak Chopra, Steve Harvey, Kendrick Lamar, Common and Erykah Badu, among others.



  1. Why don’t you black women who are single parents start teaching your black boys not to have so much angry and foul mouth towards cops, run from cops to agitate them, tell cops you know the law or your rights, resist arrest or try to fight cops. Instead, teach your sons to do something so simple and that is to comply to the cops orders the same way all other races do so they can live to see another day. And they can try to fight the arrest in court. And for all you black people who say, well, white people resist arrests too and they don’t get shot. You just put on a video and show some history pictures of how black men used to get hanged in the public by these same white cops who are now arresting them and that explained that black men can’t get away with the same thing whites can because of the hate white men have for black men, although maybe not fair, but just don’t give these white boys a reason to kill you and to explain that America is a white majority or owned country so therefore just, simply, let these cops do their jobs and you can go home to smoke your weed


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