The Biggest Party of the Year, Made Even Better—Essence Fest Just Booked Our Forever First Lady!

Former First Lady Michelle Obama attends ‘Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama’ on May 11, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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What a time to be alive—and what a year to be at Essence Fest! The annual convention of black girl magic just announced a major coup: Essence’s December/January cover girl, Michelle Obama will be making her Essence Fest debut on July 6, 2019, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome!


The Glow Up and The Root will be in New Orleans this year to report back as we support our sisters in black excellence—and we couldn’t be more thrilled at the prospect of breathing the same air as our forever first lady. Mrs. Obama is expected to discuss the blockbuster success of her first memoir, Becoming, and what we can expect next, now that she’s wound down her global tour. If black girl magic is the mood of Essence Fest, she is the main event, and this is a conversation we—and you—don’t want to miss!

It’s not too late to book the holiday weekend of the year. Essence Fest will take place July 5-8 in New Orleans at the Superdome. Tickets are available here.

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Maiysha Kai

Maiysha Kai is Managing Editor of The Glow Up and your average Grammy-nominated goddess next door. Minneapolis born, Chicago bred, New York built. Nuance is her superpower.