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Oprah to appear at Essence Festival

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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

Oprah Winfrey will appear at the 2016 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, presented by Coca-Cola, on Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 4:00pm at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

This will be the first time in the event's 21-year history that Winfrey will appear at the festival. Winfrey joins speakers Bishop T.D. Jakes, Ava DuVernay, Rev. Al Sharpton, Misty Copeland and Tyra Banks, as well as performers Mariah Carey, Kendrick Lamar, Maxwell, Puff Daddy and The Family and many more at the annual event – recognized as the nation's largest gathering of African- American women.

"Oprah's message of inspiration is universal and, through her life's work, she has influenced women and girls across the globe," said ESSENCE Editor-in-Chief Vanessa De Luca. "We are delighted that Iyanla Vanzant graciously invited Oprah to the ESSENCE Festival as a special gift for the fans, so we are welcoming our passionate community to join us for an absolutely extraordinary experience not to be missed."

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